Telling me my name
Telling me that one day I'mma be a great mane
Jay here says that no matter how hard it was and being homeless and shit, he always saw clues that gave him hints that he is gonna be the greatest, probably his lyricism at the time when he was comparing them to the current state of hip hop.
Notice here how he pronounces “man” as “mane”. This is a common way of making the word ‘man’ rhyme, but also refers back to the line about southern rappers. Also, he was to be a beast and king of hip-hop, much like a lion is to animals.
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