'96 Jay, before Dame was throwing money around

from Joe Budden – Dumb Out Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Though Jay-Z is a frequent Budden antagonist, Joe here gives his early career props. 1996 was the year Jay released his classic debut album Reasonable Doubt. The “Dame was throwing money around” line is a reference to Dame Dash’s flashy behavior in Jay videos like “Big Pimpin'”

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