He never told. Who he gonna tell?
He’s referencing the previous lines of Emory Jones. Emory nerver snitched the enitre time he was in prison for what probably had Jay-Z’s hand it (a big hand considering his wealth). Even while his son would live out his entire young life with his father in prison, Emory stuck to the G code.
As applied to his own life, Kanye followed the no-snitching rule. Usually, when somebody “tells” they report to a higher-up, but there is no one higher than his crew to tell. He also was following from his last line in his reference to the second-graders “telling” their teachers on other kids. He is basically saying that principle of not snitching is something that he carried with him that could potentially have been instilled with him from his youth.
And referring to Jay’s “clique,” “who we gonna tell” can also be interpreted as “who we gonna tail.” The answer, of course, being no one, because Hov and his clique stay ahead and on top, leading to the upcoming totem pole reference.
J. Cole’s says a similar thing on the song “Never Told,” where he describes not snitching on his cheating father.
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