And I'm sorta just like Elijah cause I raise they dead
After they stink and rot for days in the grave that I rose from
Jay could be referring to one of two Elijah’s here:
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah and Leader of the Nation of Islam. Elijah and his teachings were known to “resurrect” the mentally and spiritually “dead” Black man in America; Jay being one of these men to have been resurrected by his teachings.
Either way, a parallel can be drawn between Jay and Elijah because he raises hip-hop from the dead as Elijah did with people. Jay extends this metaphor by saying that, not only can he help others rise from the grave, he did so himself. In this way, Jay likens himself to Jesus
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