In due time when crime flees my mind
All sneak thieves and player haters can shine

from Jay Z – Dead Presidents II Lyrics on Rap Genius


At heart, Jay-Z considers rap like storytelling, his rap is about his life. This line anticipates a future shift in his music. One day, he won’t be the one to “shine” light on the hustle. When the day comes that he decides to leave the criminal life behind, that is the day all other criminals can make money, now that he’s not taking it all.

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