I had Benzes 'fore you had braces
As always, Jay’s ahead of new rappers. Even having a Mercedes Benz before they could afford braces.
Many people have braces in their teens. This is a reference to the age difference between Jay and Drake. Jay was a millionaire before Drake was at the age to get braces. When this song was released, Jay Z was 43 to Drake’s 26, so this line is conceivably true.
There’s also a difference here of grills: Jay’s are on his car, while y'all’s are on your faces. The grill of Jay’s luxurious Benz is the first thing you see when he pulls up, like the braces are the first thing you see when you open your mouth.
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