Sadly life wouldn't let me get around with him

from Jay Z – Jay Z Blue Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Expanding on the prior line, after Jay’s father left him, he was left puzzled as to why he did it. It wasn’t until he was older that he found out that his fathers brother was stabbed which caused him to go out into the night looking for his killer. He never returned.

This search for the killer affected his psychosis and further fueled his drug addiction.

As Jay’s success inclined, he felt less compelled to find his father and focused solely on his success.

Jay had the opportunity to meet his father a month before he died. He commented on about life took them in different directions.

“I’d dropped like, seven albums. It wasn’t like he saw me make a little bit of money and ran to the money, it wasn’t that. He was still who he was.”

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