They built me to be filthy
On some I-do-or-die shit,
The streets programmed him from a young age to be a gangster
Jay-Z is mentioning his low class neighborhood, saying that the values and lessons learned while growing up made him this way. He grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant projects, where they refer to the area as “Do-or-die BedStuy”.
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