This is not an image, this is God given
This is hard livin', mixed with Cristal sippin'

from Kanye West (Ft. Jay Z & J. Ivy) – Never Let Me Down Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

His lyrical talent is a gift that has delivered to him by the man above and can’t be taken aways by some silly rappers….

It’s a pity Jay doesn’t sip on Crystal no more because of some comments made by the CEO, like “we don’t like being associated with rap”. It’s just like Jews boycotting Mercedes..

The usage of “hard livin” & “Cristal sippin” show a contrast between what many debate as real rap (hustling stories) vs fake rap (living lavish). Hov basically states that he has mastered both sides of the coin, making him an icon of hip-hop.

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