I play the low and try and make it hard to find me
Feds still tryna build a case since '93
I told them I'm retired, but they like whatever
You know them pigs don't wanna see you get your life together

from Jay Z – This Life Forever Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Jay tries to avoid to be put on the feds radar by staying low, meaning that he doesn’t use flashy cars to deal nor he brags about his works in the streets.

The DEA tried to create a case to get Jay-Z locked up but he was too evasive and they never had enough proofs to lock him up. In 1996 he retired from the drug game after the release of Reasonable Doubt, his first studio album.

The feds envy him because while he’s living a good life, they’re stuck with their nine to five job.

Nine to five is how to survive, I ain’t trying to survive
I’m tryna live it to the limit and love it a lot

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