[Verse 2: Notorious B.I.G.]
It was all a dream
I used to read Word Up! magazine
Salt-n-Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine
Hanging pictures on my wall
Every Saturday, Rap Attack, Mr. Magic, Marley Marl
I let my tape rock til my tape popped
Smoking weed and bamboo, sipping on private stock
Way back, when I had the red and black lumberjack
With the hat to match
Remember Rapping Duke, duh-ha, duh-ha
You never thought that hip-hop would take it this far
Now I'm in the limelight cause I rhyme tight
Time to get paid, blow up like the ........
Born sinner, the opposite of a winner
Remember when I used to eat sardines for dinner
Peace to Ron G, Brucey B, Kid Capri
Funkmaster Flex, Lovebug Starsky
I'm blowing up like you thought I would
Call the crib, same number same hood, it's all good
And if you don't know, now you know, nigga

from Jay Z (Ft. Faith Evans & The Notorious B.I.G.) – A Dream Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This verse is from the B.I.G. Song Juicy

Interestingly the original line “Time to get paid, blow up like the World Trade” is edited and the words ‘World Trade’ are removed, the original reference was to the 1993 bombing on the WTC, but since this track came out only a year after the 9/11 attacks it was blanked out.

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