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from Kanye West (Ft. Jay Z) – Illest Motherfucker Alive Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The picture above is the character Manny Ribera (nicknamed Manolo), who was the best friend of Tony Montana (nicknamed Scarface) in Scarface. In the movie, Manolo and Tony’s sister, Gina go missing and get married without Tony’s knowledge. Tony, in search of Manolo, finds him and Gina, both in robes, and kills Manolo without asking any questions. After killing him, Gina reveals that their marriage was going to be a surprise to Tony.

How does this relate?

In Nas“Last Real Nigga Alive” (considered to be the last diss track in the Nas vs. Jay Z saga), he says this

I was Scarface, Jay was Manolo
It hurt me when I had to kill him and his whole squad for dolo

“Collo Drolo” (the words before this segment of the line) signify Kanye’s album, The College Dropout, which was literally sponsored by Jay Z.

These two references make it likely that Manolo IS Jay Z.

However

The title of this song (“Illest Motherfucker Alive”) oddly resembles a combination of the title of the mentioned diss (“Last Real Nigga Alive”) and “Illmatic.”

Plus, Jay Z references Scarface at the end of his verse, saying

Fuck Sosa, this Hova this is real life
This is what the ending of Scarface should feel like

First, remember that in Nas' diss, he said that he was Scarface (Tony Montana). Now, flashback to the ending of Scarface. Alex Sosa’s men repeatedly shot and killed Tony Montana in front of a statue that read “The World Is Yours” (which is the title of a song by none other than Nas!)

Jay Z and Kanye are playing with the topic of the entire feud between Jay and Nas, and the diss is combated by Jigga bringing up the death of Montana.

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