Hidden behind all these big rocks
His Audemars Piguet has so many diamonds in it, he can’t even tell what time it is, let alone that the watch is losing time.
The reason his Audemars Piguet timepiece would be losing time is due to the aerodynamic drag brought on by the heavy diamonds (big rocks) the watch’s hour and minute hands are adorned with. Succinct, Mr. Carter! First philosophy in “No Church in the Wild,” and now physics with “Niggas in Paris.” Someone’s been studying!
Jay could be referencing gravitational time dilation here; where time moves relatively slower in proximity to strong gravitational forces. He is basically saying that the rocks in his watch are so big (presumably with more gravity), that they distort the time of the actual watch relative to the rest of the Earth; therefore, the Audemars are perpetually losing time with respect to the widely accepted atomic clock.
Dang…. Hov’s flows are complex
Jay tends to change the line to “sick rocks” when performing the song live
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