Take the good with the bad, or throw the baby out with that bath water

from Jay Z (Ft. Justin Timberlake) – Holy Grail Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Throwing the baby out with the bath water is an idiom expressing that you can’t do away with the bad without doing away with the good. Jay-Z is talking about a lot of the problems with fame he’s having, but he recognizes the good that comes from it and isn’t about to give it up.

The reference to baby and water here is probably also a nod to the cover art of Nirvana’s Nevermind, whose first track “Smells LIke Teen Spirit” is riffed on earlier here.

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