A clever play on the now-famous hiphop meme, the line is usually used to justify a high wealth, hustler lifestyle. Instead, No Malice questions whether your reputation and legacy is worth remembering. Is bad better than good?
The line traces back to the Pete Rock song T.R.O.Y. (They Reminisce Over You).
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The baller is reduced to public transportation, highlighting the divide between the “rapper” stereotype and the typical reality.
Also reference to Boogie Down Productions' “Hiphop Vs. Rap.” De La is blasting rap egos and the infamous Bridge Wars are perfect fodder for a jab at KRS-One’s early days.
“Hip Hop vs. Rap” (another song full of references to other songs) came out after this song (B-side released in 12/93).
Both reference Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five’s “Superrappin'”
Nothing says correctness like a term of ownership toward an Indian person.
Where do you meet someone who’s first words are “not a ho?” Strip club.
Jay knows that his women will always spend hours fixing themselves up. He speeds up the process by having them do it in the car.
Likewise, the move is typical of the type of women Jay prefers.
Jay does not restrict his women to the hyper thin model stereotypes seen in the video.
And the money to see them. Just to meet the girls he listed, at an average of, say, $1500 a flight, Jay is racking up over $18000 on women. Ouch.
The girl’s immaturity is linked to her fashion choices. With Jay already leaning toward high-class clothes by 2001, her choice of standard Reeboks, children’s wear, was funny.
Ironically (situationally), Jay signed a contract with Reebok two years later. He would get them for free!
Note Jay’s mocking tone; he nails the tantrum perfectly.
With Jay in his 40s, it is hard for any girl to be older. Beyonce aside, Jay would be hard pressed to find someone mature that is not also his age. Kind of kills the image now.
While all of his other women only tagged along when Jay found money and fame, his girl from home loved him before everything. He started out with her help and has not forgotten her sacrifices.