From parolees to hold G’s, sold keys, low keys
We like the promised land of the OG’s
In the past if you picture events like a black tie
What the last thing you expect to see, black guys?
A powerful four lines. The first reminds folks of the hustling lives led by many young blacks — a struggle that has often been more in Jay-Z’s purview than his rhyming partner here
The second sets up the duo as a logical end point for black aspirations, noting that the OG’s would recognize the culmination of their street struggles in Jay and Kanye’s massive success and cultural influence
The final couplet continues this idea, reminding us that not long ago, it would have been literally unthinkable to see blacks in high society. These lines also continue the album’s motif of blackness, which shows up in lots of different contexts throughout the album, but never as the simplistic “black equals bad” racist formulation so prevalent in pop culture
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