This shit is wicked on these mean streets

from Jay Z – D'Evils Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Reference to the Martin Scorcese mafia film, the first of several mafia references in this verse.

Reasonable Doubt is filled with the imagery of Italian gangsters, a stylistic and attitudinal inspiration for many black crack dealers-turned rappers, including Jay’s boy Biggie Smalls (his fashion sense, his crew’s name of ‘Junior M.A.F.I.A.’) — the cover art even shows Jay-Z dressed like one

Reasonable Doubt cover

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