Jay Z personifies the American dream like no other. His rise from the infamous Marcy Projects to undisputed King of New York is what’s supposed to make this country great. It promotes the idea that you can achieve anything if you work hard enough. However, one of the most important factors in Jigga’s success is his past as a drug dealer. With his dope money, Jay was able to bypass the labels and release music with Dame Dash via Roc-A-Fella Records. Selling drugs allowed Jigga to be a self-made man.
Not only did selling drugs fund Roc-A-Fella, it’s one of the main topics in Jigga’s music. With the release of Young Jeezy’s “Seen It All,” featuring Jay Z, we hear that dope talk on wax once again. In celebration of Jigga ditching the Basquiat rhymes for something closer to home, here are some of Jay Z’s best bars about coming from the dope game.
Song: “Dead Presidents II”
I dabbled in crazy weight / Without rap I was crazy straight / Partna, I’m still spending money from ’88
One of the all-time classic OG Jigga joints right here. It’s cool to acquire some legal checks, but Jay Z clearly isn’t tripping. He’s had bread for years, lil homie.