Telling my family: "I'll be back soon"; that was December
'85 and Jay-Z rise 10 years later

from Jay Z – Politics As Usual Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Jay-Z left home in December ‘85

He left his family to go hustle drugs on the streets, meanwhile his cousins(Ty & Bee High) and close friends were encouraging him to take this rap game seriously. It won’t be until 10yrs later that Jay will finally heed their advice, all to the chagrin of his street connects who also want him to stay in the drug game as shown in the follow up lines about underworld ties… A cyclical dilemma if you will …

He released Reasonable Doubt in june 1996. Thus there’s a reasonable chance this song was recorded in December, 1995 (ie, 10 years later)

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