Ain't nothing wrong with my aim, just gotta change the target
An extended poetic conceit: Jay’s “aiming” for success no matter what
Originally he thought his “target” ought to be getting into a good school, but since his “plans to get a grant then go off to college”, “didn’t pan or even out” his new target is selling drugs
From Jay Z’s autobiography Decoded:
Our aim is the same as everyone, shooting for the American dream of success and wealth, but the target is a little different: Instead of trying to land in college or in a good job, I’m trying to get rich in the streets.
To help improve the meaning of these lyrics, visit “American Dreamin'” by Jay Z Lyrics and leave a comment on the lyrics box