Y'all rapping-ass niggas, y'all funny to me
Selling records, being you but still you want to be me

from Jay Z – Imaginary Player Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

A reference to It Was Written and Only Built for Cuban Linx where Jay felt Nas and Raekwon were biting off of B.I.G.’s style from Ready to Die which he felt he inherited and made even more mainstream with Reasonable Doubt. Nas also takes shots at Jay-Z and Notorious B.I.G. on It Was Written.

Jay-Z mainly mocks how Illmatic was crowned an “instant classic” but it did not sell well, initially, and then Nas does a complete style change for It Was Written to sell more records to the commercial audience; but Reasonable Doubt – which was Jay-Z’s debut, not his second chance — already embarked on the mafioso style and netted a better profit than Illmatic did, initially.

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