Most kings get their heads cut off
With the same sword they knight you they gon' good night you with

from Jay Z (Ft. Chris Martin) – Most Kingz Lyrics on Rap Genius


The same critics who praise you in the beginning will later turn on you in the end

Jay-Z in Decoded explains this line saying, “I wanted to conjure an image here, someone keeling, first to accept the honor of being knighted, and then being beheaded with the same sword, the posture of honor transformed to one of execution.”

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