And this was the stress I lived with till I decided
To try this rap shit for a living

from Jay Z – December 4th Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Constantly worrying about cops and competing with people willing to kidnap and maim children wasn’t the kind of life Hova wanted to live after all.

He started sending demos of his rapping around and eventually founded his own label, Roc-A-Fella Records, when he was turned down by every single one of them.

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