Shawn Carter, Sean Bell, what's the difference? Do tell

from Jay Z – A Billi Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Shawn Carter is Jay-Z’s real name. Sean Bell was infamously shot to death by New York City police officers after they mistook his wallet for a weapon. Jay-Z shows that him and Sean Bell would be judged the same by the police due to their skin color regardless of his net worth. Sean Bell was reaching for his wallet and may have had only $50 dollars in it while Jay may have thousands, but in that situation the police would have treated them in the same fashion.

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