Leave niggas on death's door, breathing on
Respirators for killing my best boy, haters
In “Decoded,” Jay revealed that this song is largely about seeking revenge for the murder of his late friend, Biggie Smalls. Here, he’s saying that he’ll hospitalize Biggie’s murderers and leave them in a near death experience.
Hov mispronounces respirators (as res-poor-ators) to rhyme it with “death’s door.” This characteristic of rhyme is indicative of someone with a very loose creative process that is unafraid to pair words that seemingly don’t fit (Ghostface and Lil Wayne are also known to do this). Things like this may seem minor but when it all comes together you can really tell that Hov doesn’t write rhymes and that it literally all flows from his mind.
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