Swank is another word for swag.
And apollo could be a reference to ghostface killah who made the album apollo kids.
Nas even has gun a charge on his record which kinda proves it was probally only accusation by jay during there beef.
It has more to do with the general state of hip hop, executives deprive rappers of their creative control which leads to more commerical music and dumbed down lyrics. I dont know about ill equipped tp achieve since it´s only jay-z that have sold more platinum albums among rappers and he was hustling when he was younger, that was only an accusation by jay-z during their beef,
He doesnt only say illmatic, it seems like you´re saying he´s been shit since his first album when in fact it was written and the guy says also stillmatic which was released in 2001 are both classics and arguably some later albums too. And later in the verse he says its time to build his own motown that indicates his best days isnt behind him.
second versace refrence in this song
Theres alot looking back in this somg like the unlaced addidas and in 88 i rocked mock neck, gucci was very popular for rappers back then.
dont forget stillmatic and gods son.
But Jay is talking about the 80´s more specific 88.
@kaseyc almost all artist says that but that is the purpose of this site so if you agree maybe you should be on another site.