Young did it to death, you gotta love it
Record companies told me I couldn't cut it
Now look at me: all star-studded

from Jay Z – Encore Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Young Hova (Jay’s alias) was turned down by many record labels in the early stages of his career, he didn’t let himself down and that’s why he then started Roc-A-Fella Records alongside Dame Dash.

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