Had to hustle in a world of trouble
Trapped in, claustrophobic, the only way out was rappin'
America don't understand it, the demographics I tapped in
I'm the truest nigga to do this nigga and anything else is foolish

from Jay Z – This Life Forever Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Once again, Jay explains how rapping was the only way to get himself out of the hood

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