Should I school him or pull the tools out and just break him apart?
Jay wonders how to handle his protege’s attitude problem. Should he just tell Bleek the facts of life, or shoot him? “Tool” is slang for gun, but Jay also hints at the other meaning of the word, as you would use a hammer, wrench, etc. to dismantle an object
From Jay Z’s autobiography Decoded:
Tools is obviously slang for a gun. I like that word here because it lets you know how at the end of the day I’m a professional, and even something as possible as this can be handled as coldly and impersonally as taking a hammer to a piece of defective machinery. At the same time the rhyme here — breaking my heart/break him apart — lets you know it’s still more complicated than that for me. (Carter: 2011 p49)
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