All the shit I did, I wasn't supposed to live, Hallelujah Hov

from Jay Z (Ft. Travis Scott) – Crown Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

With the dangerous life Jay-Z used to live, he knows he wouldn’t have survived to see old age.

But he is still alive due to his ambitious work ethic in both music and business.

He says “hallelujah Hov” instead of the conventional “hallelujah God” because he’s alive because of himself, not the grace of God. He praises himself, since he was his own “god”.

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