"You either build or destroy. Where you come from?"
- "The Magnolia projects in the 3rd ward slum"

from Jay Electronica – Exhibit C Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

“Building” is a term that the 5 percenters, from the line above, use to describe gaining knowledge.

Supreme Mathematics 8. — Build or Destroy
To Build is to elevate the mentality & material of ones self, others & the planet. To Destroy is to ruin the mentality & material of ones self, others & the planet by allowing negativity to outweigh the positive.

The meaning depends on the punctuation:

you either build or destroy*
where you come from**

*[ {no punctuation} = ½ of Jay’s idea OR (,) = ½ rhetoric]

**[ (.) = +½ of Jay’s conclusion OR (?) = +½ rhetorical question]

Jay’s Idea= Him thinking to himself about the meaning of life
Rhetorical Question= 5%ers inquiring about Jay’s character.

Regardless of intent: that verse = oracular spectacular.

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Jay Electronica is from the Magnolia Projects, a notoriously dangerous housing project in New Orleans that was eventually torn down and is in the process of being redeveloped.

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