It gets dangerous, money and power is changing us
And now we're lethal, infected with D'evils

from Jay Z – D'Evils Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

An explicit thesis statement from Jay-Z, this is the entire point of the song

Jay-Z in Decoded explains this line saying

D'Evils — this obsession with getting paid — is something the narrator picks up after he “breaks bread with the late heads,” who school him in ruthlessness.

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