Wasn't for the bread, probably be dead
If Jay wasn’t rich and famous, he’d most likely be six feet under (“bread” being slang for money.)
Staying with the biblical theme from the last Bar; In the bible it also says that “Man shall not live by "Bread” alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.“ Matt 4:4. What I got was, The Bread and the Word go hand in hand and he couldn’t have made it without the "Money” which provided the platform to his meteoric rise.
In the fairy tale “Hansel and Gretl,” the title characters escape the grasp of an evil witch by following bread crumbs out of the forest. Bit of a stretch but interesting comparison nonetheless!
There’s a line on Jay’s “U Don’t Know” that adds insight into this line.
If Jay hadn’t been able to make more money with rhymes than with cocaine bricks, he’d’ve probably ended up dead, like many a D-boy before him.
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