Rough sledding here and there, but I made it through
One sleds down hills, but eventually has to climb back up them to enjoy the sledding again. It’s a process that can be fun, but eventually gets tiring.
Also, one can’t help but notice that sledding occurs on snow, which is an ubiquitous euphemism for cocaine (the drug Jay-Z hustled from Jersey to Virginia) in rap music. Jay seems to be paying a subtle homage to his former life (as well as a central topic of much of his early albums).
Jay suggests that he came from a past that’s not always easy to define in a single thought (although he miraculously manages just this). It was both fun, but arduous. Understandable for a person of his age and environment, yet impossible to sustain into adulthood.
He’s made mistakes, but thankfully he “made it through.”
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