Same people that I fought for, that I fight for, that I ride for
That I live for, that I die for be the reason that these niggas is alive for
And they want me dead but I’m so sorry but I just can’t die for you

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


Dame Dash, Beanie Seigal, Cam'ron… Pretty much everyone who associated with Roc-a-fella before the Dame and Jay want him to fail. He used to ride for them and they want him to do poorly so they can do better. He’s not having it.

Jay-Z and Dame Dash before the split.

Also a huge allusion to Jesus Christ. He had to die to atone for the sins of mankind, and even experienced real fear over this. Likewise, Jay-Z and ‘Ye see themselves as guides for the black community (and anyone aspiring to go from poor conditions to greatness, for that matter), but they’re not about to become martyrs. They’re going to lead by example, and if others won’t join them…well, they can just watch the throne.

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