But I’ll be hood forever

from Jay Z (Ft. Alicia Keys) – Empire State of Mind Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Even though he moved to a fancy area, Jay will never forget where he’s from.

Also, no matter how big and rich he becomes and how much he interacts with DeNiro or his neighbors, he’ll still be considered “hood” by that crowd; he’ll never quite fit in.

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