I seen so much as a kid they surprised I don’t needle pop
Jay-Z saw a lot of grimy shit when he was a kid. Others who grow up in a similar situation usually end up on drugs (the needle generally being associated with shooting up) “Shooting” is usually associated with heroin, which is made from poppy… “pop” for short. It all comes full circle.
The line can also be pronounced this way:
I seen so much as a kid they surprised I don’t need a pop.
Jay-Z’s dad was not around, so people are surprised he could successfully see and do all he did and go through such a hard life.
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