You in the presence of a king
Scratch that, you in the presence of a God
Rappers referring to themselves as Gods is directly attributable to the influence of the Nation of Gods and Earths, an NOI offshoot that has had an outsized influence on hip-hop. See here for a summary
The NGE believes that each black man is literally his own God, and address each other as such (women are “Earths”). This practice became very common as influential rappers such as Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, and others talked publicly about the tenants of the Nation
Coincident that he rocked a Nation of Gods and Earths chain in his latest interview? Probably not.
Hurry up with those damn croissants, huh?
This is also a reference to “No Church In The Wild”; specifically the hook, in which it says, “What’s a king to a God.“ Jay first refers to himself as a king, before correcting himself and moving himself up the hierarchy that he previously established on NCITW.
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