I check cheddar like a food inspector

from Jay Z – Public Service Announcement Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This line combines two separate pieces of slang — “check” means to collect, “cheddar” means money — to create a third piece of new slang — “a food inspector” — that only makes sense if you decode the first two phrases.

“Check cheddar” is an alliteration that adds force to the image.

—Jay-Z, Decoded

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