Your life is illegal when your chain can get the rico
“RICH” WITH MEANINGS
A continuation from the line before, since there are many illegal immigrants of cuban decent living in the US.
RICO is the abbreviation for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. It’s a federal law that provides for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. The RICO Act focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows the leaders of a syndicate to be tried for the crimes which they ordered others to do or assisted them.
Rico also means “rich” in Spanish, so it’s a play on words: Jay’s singing about a life that will bring you both wealth and trouble with the law, i.e. “Mo' money, mo' problems.”
“Getting the rico” could mean getting murdered… like Rico did to Calvin in Paid in Full.
Basically, Jay is saying he’s such a boss that everything he does his subject to the RICO act because all of his money comes from selling crack (either actual or the addictive music he makes).
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