Out of spite, I just might flood these streets

from Jay Z – Open Letter Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This is a continuation of the previous lines. He’s saying let him commit a real crime by buying a kilo for Chief Keef and “flooding” the streets by dealing it out at a low price. Using “Chief Keef” plays on the rapper’s drug inspired name and Keef’s recent controversies. Jay may be a businessman, but he never left that life. He raps this line in a sound very similarly to Chief Keef.

He’s also commenting on the old conspiracy theory that the government was the first to distribute crack cocaine into the hood, brilliantly played out in Wale’s “Warming Up Cane.”

Expanding on “flood these streets”: given the topic of government and politicians, a listener can infer government failure in Katrina “flood these streets.” It’s a play on the government flooding New Orleans' streets by not dealing with Katrina, versus Jay giving the government trouble by bringing in cocaine to metaphorically flood the streets.

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