But at the same time these dimes keep me feeling tight

from Jay Z (Ft. Mecca) – Feelin' It Lyrics on Rap Genius


Dimes refers to dime bags, which keep him feeling tight because being a drug dealer causes you to feel trapped, always having to watch for police or cats that wanna kill you.

The line could also refer to dimes as in beautiful women (10 out of 10=dime) because they compliment him now that he’s paid, which makes him feel good (“tight”).

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