Watch it my niggas, I'm trying to be calm but I'm gon' get richer
Through any means, with that thing that Malcolm palmed in the picture

from Jay Z – Intro Lyrics on Rap Genius


Jay is referencing the frustration of not making the money he wants to, but at the same time he knows he’ll in the future, no matter what it takes. That thing that Malcolm X had in is hand is an Ak-47, it refers to a photo of him looking through the curtains, waiting for enemies. Hov is saying that he’s not afraid of getting dirt on his hands.

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