Before I get killed, cause I can’t get robbed

from Jay Z – History Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

He is describing how hard he is. He is acknowledging in the drug game their are hustlers and robbers. He is foreshadowing what his future may hold and the importance of leaving the life style when he can.

He is also describing the chain of events that may take place in that altercation. He would either kill of be killed because giving up his possessions like a coward is not an option.

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