Illin' for revenues, Rayful Edmond

from Jay Z – Can I Live Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Rayful Edmond is the notorious drug dealer who introduced crack into the D.C. area in the eighties

Edmond was a big fan of the Georgetown basketball team, and would sit courtside every home game along with an entourage of bodyguards. Wikipedia adds the story of Edmond’s meeting with Georgetown Coach John Thompson:

At the height of his empire, Edmond became very friendly with several Hoya players. When Georgetown University basketball coach (and D.C. native) John Thompson confirmed what was happening, he sent word through his sources to have Edmond meet him at his office at McDonough Gymnasium

When Edmond arrived, Thompson was initially cordial, and informed Edmond that he needed to cease all contacts with his players post haste, specifically John Turner and Alonzo Mourning, both of whom had befriended Edmond.[2] However, Thompson’s parting words to Edmond were that Edmond would face serious consequences if he did not stay away from his players. It is believed that Thompson is the only person to stand up to Edmond without consequence, initially causing some shock and surprise that there was no reprisal against Thompson

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