Gotta keep a peace like a Buddhist

from Jay Z – Change Clothes Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The line plays on the pronunciation of the word peace: Buddhist monks put peace as one of the most important things to achieve in life, but piece is also a word for a firearm. This means that in order to keep the peace on the block, Jay needs to bring a gun with him to settle any argument before it gets out of hand.

It’s not the first time Jay refers to the Buddhist religion

I stepped it up another level, meditated like a Buddhist

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