Built a republic that still stands

from Kanye West (Ft. Frank Ocean & Jay Z) – Made in America Lyrics on Rap Genius


Cf. the pledge of allegiance: “…and to the republic, for which it stands…”

While he is no longer involved in the drug trade, it was the foundation upon which Jay eventually built his vast business empire (note: not a republic).

He could also be playing off of the word ‘nana’ as an abbreviation for ‘banana’ — put the two together and you get Banana Republic, which has two plausible contexts:

ALSO: he may be referencing his own Rocawear/RocNation which is still going strong, even though Jay-Z has abandoned the “street” look for couture

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