Lay on my Jesus
Jay-Z is referring to his Jesus piece here. Biggie was one of the first rappers to start rockin' a Jesus piece on his chest and NYC rappers like Jay-Z, Nas, and Jadakiss followed suit before it spread as a fashion trend.
In order to get to the West cotton picking to produce silk, fleeces and slavery, African american’s ancestors were piled on top of the slave ship called “Jesus”. Jesus was the name of the 1st slave ship to hit the West.
In 1564, Queen Elizabeth I partnered with him by renting him the huge old 700-ton ship Jesus of Lubeck, on which he set forth on a more extensive voyage, along with three small ships. Hawkins sailed to Borburata in Venezuelan coast, privateering along the way. By the time he reached Borburata, he had captured around 400 Africans.
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