I had luggage,

from Jay Z – Heaven Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

From the preceding line; The challenges of being human are far too daunting for him to shed all his burdens before getting to Heaven. He still has questions, issues that God can help answer.

Also, after attaining fame and wealth — ‘reaching heaven’ he still has some issues — ‘baggage’ that he carries with him due to the difficulties he has faced in life and due to living the street-life. In other words his conscience has been marred by the street and no amount of money can truly fix it.

Kinda cool that his delivery of “luggage” — raised at the end, like a question?! — is similar to Macklemore’s delivery of the same word in Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop.”

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