How could you falter when you're the Rock of Gibraltar?
I had to get off the boat so I could walk on water
The first line is a rhetorical question: how could Jay-Z make a mistake when he’s so perfect?
Falter: to walk unsteadily; to hesitate in purpose or action
The Rock of Gibraltar is basically a very massive rock made of limestone located at the entrance of the Mediterranean Sea. It was used as fortress against the Germans in WWII. You can read more about it, but here’s the key point: the Rock of Gibraltar is a symbol of strength
“The boat” Jay has abandoned is Roc-a-Fella Records. This could be a shot at Beanie Sigel, who in his song “Feel it in the Air”, also compared the label to a boat
In the Bible, the act of walking on water without faltering was a miracle performed by Jesus; Jay is comparing himself to Jesus Christ
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