But we feel we have nothing to lose, so we offer you, well
We offer our lives, right, what do you bring to the table?
“Hopelessness and desperation is what you’re supposed to feel in poverty. The drive to escape that hopelessness is, for the hustler, the same thing that drives a drug addict to get high-a need to escape. So here, and in other rhymes, I’m identifying with addicts. An addict doubles down on his pain, and like the hustler feels death or jail couldn’t be much worse than the pain of poverty. So when we come to the table to gamble, it’s with our very lives.”
-Jay-Z’s own explanation from Decoded
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