Ain't nothing cool about carrying a strap
Bout worrying your moms and burying your best cat
Talking 'bout revenge while carrying his casket

from Jay Z – What We Talkin' About Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

It would be foolish of Hov to want to go back to a life where carrying a firearm was a necessity. He escaped his past life and doesn’t wish to return to it. In “December 4th” he explained why he preferred the rap life to the criminal one:

And niggas get tied up for product
And little brothers' ring fingers get cut up
To show mothers they really got em
And this was the stress I lived with till I decided
To try this rap shit for a living

Jay cares a lot about his mom, if you think about hurting her or making her suffer don’t do that, you’re making him nervous:

You could try me fucka but when I squeeze it hurts, fine
We’ll lose two lives, yours and mines
Gimme any amount of time don’t let Ms. Carter grieve
At the funeral parlor drippin' tears on my sleeve

Similar sentiments were expressed in Who Gon Stop Me with the lyric “middle finger to my old life”

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