I thought I told you characters I'm not a rapper
Can I live? I told you in '96
That I came to take this shit and I did, handle my biz

from Jay Z – Heart Of The City (Ain't No Love) Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Jay is repeating the fact that he’s just trying to get by, as originally noted out in “Can I Live?”. Selling drugs was his main hustle, until he tried this rap shit for a living.

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