To that project in DC where my man caught his death at
Over my years I've seen Rooks get tooken by the Knight
Rooks and Knights are chess pieces. Rooks are more valuable pieces, so for a Knight to take a Rook is, in Jay’s metaphor, an up-and-coming hustler knocking off a more established dude.
Or, rooks can mean rookies. And knight/night is a homophone. So, the line could mean that the younger guy actually gets knocked off by the night, which symbolizes danger
To help improve the meaning of these lyrics, visit "This Life Forever" by Jay Z Lyrics and leave a comment on the lyrics box