While I'm watching every nigga watching me closely
My shit is butter for the bread, they wanna toast me

from Jay Z – Can I Live Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This opening couplet is one of Jay’s most iconic, and has two possible meanings:

  1. Drug dealer — his enemies are watching him, waiting for him to make a mistake. Since his drugs (“shit”) make him a lot of money (“butter for the bread”), they want to kill him (continuing the carbs metaphor — “toast” him)

  2. Rapper — he’s on stage, his fans are watching him at a concert (or otherwise keeping track of his song releases). His music (“shit”) makes him money, and his fans want to toast him.

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