While I'm watching every nigga watching me closely
My shit is butter for the bread, they wanna toast me
This opening couplet is one of Jay’s most iconic, and has two possible meanings:
Drug dealer — his enemies are watching him, waiting for him to make a mistake. Since his drugs (“shit”) make him a lot of money (“butter for the bread”), they want to kill him (continuing the carbs metaphor — “toast” him)
Rapper — he’s on stage, his fans are watching him at a concert (or otherwise keeping track of his song releases). His music (“shit”) makes him money, and his fans want to toast him.
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