The castle got bigger, the walls got taller

from Jay Z (Ft. Kanye West & Mr. Hudson) – Why I Love You Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

After being betrayed by close friends, Jay has gotten more private and built up his defenses, as exemplified by this lyric from a recent guest appearance:

Fuck niggas, bitches too
All I got is this money, this’ll do

The line brilliantly juxtaposes the rewards of wealth and success with the paranoia and isolation that accompanies fantastic success. The bigger castle that seemed like a prize can also seem like a prison.

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