Live treacherous, all the et ceteras

from Jay Z – Dead Presidents II Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The perils of the drug game he is well versed in. As he later says, he has been making money by selling crack since before 1988. This album, Reasonable Doubt, was released in 1996. That’s at least 8 years of sleeping with one eye open.

“All the et ceteras” refers to Jay’s over indulgence in things such as Lexus vehicles, fine jewelry, and champagne. Jay portrays himself as a hustler through and through. If he has the means to indulge in all the et ceteras, he must be a very skilled hustler.

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