I pray I'm forgiven
For every bad decision I made
Every sister I played
Cause I'm still paranoid to this day

from Jay Z – December 4th Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Jay Z isn’t praying for God’s forgiveness, after all he never prayed to God, he prayed to Gotti, instead he’s praying for forgiveness from the people he’s wronged because he’s worried that they might seek revenge. Now that he’s starting a career in rap, he wants to definitely close with his past.

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