From nightmares of a lonely cell, my only hell
But since when y'all niggas know me to fail? Fuck naw

from Jay Z – Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The only thing Jay was scared of at the time wasn’t getting shot, but rather ending up in a jail cell after being caught by the police.

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