My confederation, dead a nation, explode!
On detonation, overload the mind of a sad patient
On the surface, Jay merely comments on a dream that his drug crew is going to rise to the highest echelon of money in America, basically overthrowing the establishment and the stigma that black people don’t amount to anything.
However, when you look deeper, “confederation” alludes to the “Confederacy” in the Civil War, which like Jay’s crew tried to “dead a nation,” i.e. secede from the Union thus breaking up the country (incidentally, the Confederate States of America is a dead nation). But the Confederacy was ultimately beaten by the Union. And what’s more, it stood for a morally disgusting cause simply because it sustained the southern economy.
The Confederacy and Jay’s confederation are thus directly compared, forcing us to ask ourselves how similar or different they really are/were.
“explode!/On detonation” can also apply to the nation Jay’s crew is trying to overthrow, or to Jay’s mind which earlier in the verse is depicted as “infested with sick thoughts” and is “dual levels.”
Also note the world play on the homophonic ‘dead-a-nation’ and ‘detonation’, and also Jay’s masterful use of internal rhyme: ‘confederation’, ‘dead a nation’, ‘detonation’, ‘said patient’.
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