Too proud to beg for change, mastering the pain
Double entendre. Jay’s pride means that he refuses to beg for change (money) or for a change in his life.
In Jay’s mind, Pride and the ability to be perfect restraint is in essence the strength of mind over matter. (See Jay-Z’s “Where’s the Love”)
Also, he mastered the pain of hunger which is a very powerful thing.
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