Told y'all I was gonna go H·A·M
Hard as a motherfucker — also a reference to the album’s first single, H·A·M:
This also connects to the Noah line above; in Genesis 9:20-9:27 Noah curses his son Ham for seeing him naked. The curse was that all of Ham’s descendants would be servants, a biblical verse which was cited in the 18th and 19th centuries as a justification for black slavery — African-Americans were called “the children of Ham.” So Jay embracing his identity as Ham/H.A.M. is not just trendy slang-jacking, but a deep statement on the strides made by blacks in a society that still works to subjugate them.
It’s no accident that James Baldwin’s searing meditation on civil rights, The Fire Next Time (1963), took its title from this episode of Genesis.
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