You never ready, forever petty minds stay petty
Similar sentiment to the “don’t throw pigs before swine” axiom:
Jay appeals to pretty esoteric logic here: people can only be who they were born to be, so “becoming great” is kind of an oxymoron (the timing of your greatness is irrelevant, technically you were always great).
Likewise if you can’t impose your will on your surroundings/affect change: you’re small-minded/lack vision, one of the “petty minds” in question.
This is a fitting line to put towards the end, too: the implication is that ‘petty minds’ will have a severely limited interpretation of these verses, absorbing only the surface-level (it’s just misogyny/shit-talking, it’s sensational, disposable entertainment, etc.).
Pnly a select few will understand all the technical complexity and substantial depth of the verses above (so if you’re reading this, welcome to the ‘elite’).
- In case this explanation seems like a stretch, keep in mind there are plentiful (and often more explicit) allusions to similar ideas throughout hip-hop, particularly in Jay’s catalogue — I’m aware of the irony that this appeals to the same logic I just described, but trust me). if you’ve been listening closely over the years, any recent Illuminati allegations shouldn’t seem too surprising
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