It might also be a reference to Kareem Biggs because his nickname is hoffa
By any means necessary, whatever the cost
Even if it means lives is lost
Jay-Z would rather die enormous than live dormant
Lex with TV sets the minimum is a subliminal shot aimed at Jay-Z
He confirms it in a complex interview
Wayne has A LOT of kids so i believe it’s a shot at Wayne
He is saying that even tho he has to act like a ceo he is still inside a rapper so he will destroy people who provoke him
I believe he is saying that even tho he speaks with people he remains his own man
I believe he is talking about Xzibit who criticized rapper who get in the game just for money
This song cannot be about Shenelle even if the child is his he wasn’t even conceived at the time jay recorded this song, Isa Jael was born in 2002
I believe this line is a continuation of the previous line.
Since he is like a jewish he doesn’t want to share his money with other people.
He uses the same stereotype in This Can’t Be Life.
I think that this verse is about Danny Dan one of his old friend who died in a car accident he was a hustler jay-z looked up to and he even dedicated In My Lifetime to him.
Here is an article about him:
“The one name that is a constant in relationship to Jay, from believers and nonbelievers alike, is Danny Dan—also from Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Marcy Houses. It is said that when Dan was buried in the late ‘80s, he was wearing at least $100,000 worth of jewelry. His funeral, which was talked about for five years after, was one huge fashion show. But more than the jewelry or the girls in furs is the remarkable detail that Danny Dan died with a will. "Danny Dan was a cat in the projects, coming up,” says Jay. “He was very influential in my life, but from afar. Holmes was doing it. He’d always put something away, not touch it. I was like, I need to be doing that.” Danny Dan was five years older than Jay and was know for being the kind of reckless driver who would push German sedans past 100 m.p.h. down New York’s crowded streets. “He always said he’d die in a car crash, and he did,” say Jay. “Coming back from D.C. on I-95.” Those that talk say Danny’s death left a vacancy, further south, in Virginia and that Jay moved on it, opened it up further, and creamed off.“