I don't think you know how focused young Memphis is
Or how Sigel's so real, when you add on Amil
4 Da Fam by Amil (Ft. Beanie Sigel, Jay Z & Memphis Bleek)

“Focused” is the ultimate compliment in the Jay pantheon, a word he sometimes even applies to himself, as in the beginning of this tune. Here he applies it to his longtime protege, Memphis Bleek, while also touting the merits of his other Roc-a-fella artists, Beanie Sigel and the “Diana Ross of the Roc,” Amil

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I got four nephews, and they all writing
They all young and wild, plus they all like things
4 Da Fam by Amil (Ft. Beanie Sigel, Jay Z & Memphis Bleek)

Jay sets up an image here of four mini-me’s — his nephews all writing rhymes and obsessed with guns

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And I'm having a child, which is more frighting 4 Da Fam by Amil (Ft. Beanie Sigel, Jay Z & Memphis Bleek)

This is, until his wife’s 2011 pregnancy, one of only two references Jay made on wax to having a child. The other was in a song from later this same year (2000), where he talks about an (unnamed) girlfriend having a miscarriage

However, in Decoded, Jay claims that the miscarriage took place in 1994, leaving the question of who this line was about and what happened to the child-to-be open

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When I rock jewels, it ain't to impress you
What the fuck niggas commentin on my shit fo'
4 Alarm Blaze by M.O.P. (Ft. Jay Z & Teflon)

Jay keeps his cooler-than-thou persona here, claiming (somewhat implausibly, to be sure), that his fancy jewelry is a natural expression of his ballerness, and he doesn’t care whether people notice it or not

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It's no sweet shit I sleep wit Green Beret 4 Alarm Blaze by M.O.P. (Ft. Jay Z & Teflon)

Um, pause? Tef likely means that he hangs out with street toughs who are as well-armed and dangerous as the United States Army Special Forces, otherwise known as the “Green Berets” due to their headgear

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Get hit wit the lami, fuck Giuliani 4 Alarm Blaze by M.O.P. (Ft. Jay Z & Teflon)

Then-NYC mayor Rudolph Giuliani was never very popular among rappers due to his intensive crackdowns on even minor offenses such as turnstile jumping and graffiti. See a collection of rap’s best Rudy disses here

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Raised on a strip called here Brotha Hill
Where guns pop and cops get killed
4 Alarm Blaze by M.O.P. (Ft. Jay Z & Teflon)

M.O.P. are proudly from the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, also originally home to, among others, GZA and Andrew Dice Clay

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November 23rd, 2013

Not ‘Brotha Hill’ but ‘Hamburger Hill’ a film from 1987

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093137/

‘A very realistic interpretation of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.’

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First Family gon' brawl 4 Alarm Blaze by M.O.P. (Ft. Jay Z & Teflon)

“First Family” is M.O.P. overarching name for their friends/crew/etc. Their 1998 album (on which this song appears), heavy with guest appearances from said folks, was called First Family 4 Life

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Open up your back, nigga -- Rosewood black nigga 4 Alarm Blaze by M.O.P. (Ft. Jay Z & Teflon)

A puzzling choice of imagery here — the 1923 Rosewood massacre was a horrifically violent Florida event where, after the black population of the town of Rosewood defended themselves against attacks after white citizens of the town had just lynched someone, whites went on a rampage and burned almost every structure in the town. The remains of a charred house after the attacks, below:

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Berkowitz, mob style
Spit fire from my hammer like I wasn't God's child
4 Alarm Blaze by M.O.P. (Ft. Jay Z & Teflon)

Danze here shouts out David Berkowitz, the late-70’s NYC serial killer known as the “Son of Sam” due to language in the bizarre letters he sent to police

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November 23rd, 2013

Berkowitz is on his aliases, uses it a few times

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