Democrat? Nope, I sold dope
Just because Hova voted for Barack it doesn’t mean he’s a democrat, simply because he doesn’t believe in the political system. Maybe he’s still a “Black Republican”?
He is also making a clever reference to the Reagan administration in the ‘80s and the widely held belief that the CIA was behind the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s. The CIA’s association with Noriega and the plotting from the likes of Oliver North are things that Jay-Z has cited in the past, most notably in the verse from “Blue Magic”.
Can’t you tell that I came from the dope game?
Blame Reagan for making me into a monster
Blame Oliver North and Iran-Contra
I ran contraband that they sponsored
Before this rhymin stuff we was in concert
Conservatives often criticize Democrats for wanting to assist those struggling to make it, but for many actually struggling, it seems like breaking the law is the only way to do so without that assistance. Jay-Z is saying he did it without the government’s help, as non-Democrats preach, and that meant having to sell drugs. As a result, a true Democrat couldn’t sell dope… only a Republican could do that.
This is similar to Malcolm X’s thoughts on the Democratic Party
Of course, Lincoln was a progressionist, and a Republican. He had many of the same prejudices against blacks that most white men of his day did, he did abolish slavery, so it could be a nod to him.
He says “Democrat” but says it like he’s saying Dealing Crack, nope, I sold dope.
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