Had to turn away when Tony killed Manolo

from Jay Z (Ft. Jaz-O & Sauce Money) – Bring It On Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Jay couldn’t look when Tony Montana killed Manolo for seeing his sister behind his back in the movie Scarface.

Nas flips this on “Last Real Nigga Alive” — taking a stab at Jay in their titanic feud.

“I was Scarface, Jay was Manolo”

In its implied meaning, Jay is drawing the line for himself and how far he’s willing to allow the drug game to influence his personal relationships. Tony killing Manolo(his homie before the drug game/success) was a lack of good judgment, a decision fueled by emotions rather than good sense. That partially led to his downfall because his defenses were weakened in Manny’s absence and his paranoia was heightened.. This all plays into the level headed-ness and calm yet calculated demeanor Jay lived by when he was hustling in the streets.

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