Pretending to be hurt wouldn't work
So a smirk was all on my face
Like "damn, that man's face is just like my face"

from Jay Z – Moment of Clarity Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

While staring at his dad’s corpse, Jay has an “alas Poor Yorick” moment

Jay-Z talks about this line in Decoded:

“When I finally did see my father again and we stood face-to-face, it was like looking in a mirror. It made me wonder how someone could abandon a child who looked just like him.”

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