Shawn use to be in the kitchen
Beating on the table and rapping
Until the wee hours of the morning

from Jay Z – December 4th Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Like many other rappers, Jay-Z’s hip hop skills were first used and improved at home. This is pretty much hip-hop at its simplest, with merely a beat and rapping.

Kitchen table, that’s where I honed my skills

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