I'm real - how you think I got rich, ho?
Pack steel - ain't afraid to let a clip go
An interesting couplet to unpack. On the surface, it’s Jay bragging that his street bona fides are what got him money even before his rap career started — something he had been saying from the beginning
However, there’s another reading. It ties into a way rap is different from other genres, in that there is less of a disconnect between someone’s worth as an artist and their commercial success. Essentially, rappers prove their skill in the rap game by succeeding commercially, a dynamic Jay calls out here
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