Whoever said illegal was the easy way out, couldn't understand
The mechanics and the workings of the underworld, granted

from Jay Z – D'Evils Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Most people view drug dealing and hustling as easy money, and working a corporate desk job as hard earned money. But there is a lot more at risk when you’re hustling compared to working in a cubicle. Drug dealers are often depicted as ballers who drive nice cars without a care in the world, and regular employees are often depicted as hard-working citizens with a lot of pressure on them. But a drug dealer always has to think about getting shot down by rival dealers and such, while the worst thing that can happen to a 9 to 5 worker is getting fired and having to find a new job. So someone in Jay-Z’s profession has a lot more on their mind than it seems.

“The ‘mechanics’ here aren’t about the technical details of the business, but the psychological and emotional machinery that’s always working under the surface.”

    -Jay-Z, Decoded

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