Used to have a firm grip, now you dropping names

from Jay Z – A Week Ago Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

A double-entendre: on one reading, Jay’s friend used to have a lot of self-control (a firm grip as in “get a grip!”) but now he’s showing weakness in dropping names (informing to the police on his friends)

On another reading, the “firm grip” is a reference to Jay’s friend’s steadiness when shooting guns: but now whereas they used to drop bodies together, his friend only drops names

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