Lookin at themselves in the mirror backwards
Can't even face themselves,
This is also pointing out the following line in which Robert DeNiro is facing a mirror in the movie Taxi Driver (in the famous “You Talkin to Me?” Scene.
In the next bar, he mentions not rappers not facing themselves in the mirror (same scene)
Jay-Z explains this line in Decoded saying:
“They’re (rappers) standing in the "mirror backwards” because they can’t face themselves. No matter how convincing you are to the rest of the world, you still know the truth, and in a private moment it shames you enough to turn away from your own reflection. i bring back the idea a few lines later, when I say that what they’re saying in their rhymes is as backward as their posture in the mirror."
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