“Stay outta trouble,” momma said as momma sighed
Her fear: her youngest son be a victim of homicide
But I gotta get you outta here momma, or I'mma die ...inside
Jay’s mother wanted him to be a good boy and stay off the streets because of the dangers (i.e. becoming a “victim of homicide”) but Jay realized getting money fast (selling drugs) was the only way he’d be able to quickly provide a better living for him and his mom.
Were he to go the legal route to get his mother to a safer environment, Jay-Z would die a death of the soul (“I'mma die… inside”).
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