And then I bought him a boom box
And his sisters and brothers said he would drive them nuts
But that was my way to keep him close to me and out of trouble

from Jay Z – December 4th Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Boom Boxes were particularly popular in the early hip hop community, which is why it makes sense for Jay’s mother to buy him one, knowing his passion for rapping.

She tried to stay connected to him by supporting his passion for music, she didn’t want him to turn to crime but it was already too late.

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