I'm back inside the boat
Black people were famously shipped to America in boats as slaves during the 16th-19th centuries.
Now that slavery is no more and racism is much less prominent than it was back then, Jay can get into a boat without fearing being shipped off and overworked on a sugar plantation — in fact he can now enjoy his time on a luxury cruise!
The whole album, and this song in particular, are about duality — the celebration of where Jay is now, but the awareness of where he and his ancestors came from. This line sums up the concept perfectly.
This second part of the line links back to the first one, and how slaves were stored inside boats, like they weren’t actual people.
Another interpratation is that Jay is commenting on the mental slavery which black people are still under. Instead of being physical slaves, black people now are slaves to designer brands and expensive luxuries. Kanye (Jay’s little brother) wrote a whole song about this.
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