i feel as though people acknowledge your presence the moment you decide to dim because they couldn’t notice your light. it’s all backwards.
If I can make you laugh, forget all your pain and purely live in our moments, then why can’t we be together? That’s what i really don’t understand.
Jay once again reveals the crucial “secret” to his success. You can’t have true swagger without having true substance and this comes from personal development of the mind. Regardless of your hustle, you have to utilize your mind. You lead with your mind, not your physical. This line implies the advantage of having a strong intellect and mental toughness during the pursuit of success.
Let’s move on to the second verse:
"My mind is infested
With sick thoughts that circle, like a Lexus
If driven wrong, it’s sure to hurt you”
This is a rather cryptic line and like many of Jay’s lyrics, it can be interpreted in several ways, but from my perspective, this line ties back to the “Don’t be fooled, my game is mental” line in the first verse.
We all can have “sick” thoughts going through our heads at some point. It’s not really as sinister as it sounds. In the quest for success, certain shady thoughts and ideas may enter your mind. But if you act on these thoughts and ideas (“if driven wrong”), you‘re “sure” to face tough consequences.
Basically, you can get yourself in trouble when you let your mind roam recklessly. Then, you’ll end up making crucial decisions in haste that can tragically change the course of your life.
"Lock my body can’t trap my mind - Easily, explain why we adapt to crime"
I’ve always felt that with this one line Jay-Z pretty much summed up the criminal mentality, when a hustler is in “the game” strictly for profit. Jay tells us that being physically constrained doesn’t “trap” his mind from “moving” and being free-to conceive and plan new ways to get paid and become successful. But this same process doesn’t just apply to the illegal drug game and incarceration.
When you have the right mindset your physical environment won’t keep you from accomplishing your goals and realizing your dreams (living in a crime ridden and poverty stricken ‘hood but still determined to go to college or start your own business, for example). Your mind is your most powerful asset, not your body, and you can use the power of your mind to overcome any situation.
Jay-Z and his girlfriend of three years, Rosario Dawson. Hov and Dawson dated from 1997 to 2000, and some even say that they were set to have a child together until she miscarried before their break-up. As with anything in Jay’s private life it is unconfirmed, but Hov did speak on the subject of how he was becoming a father soon on his protege Amil’s song 4 Da Fam in early 2000, and then expressed his grief over a miscarriage in his own song This Can’t Be Life later that year. In a Vibe magazine cover interview in November 2000 the article explains ”Yes, he did have a child on the way as he rapped on Amil’s ‘4 Da Fam’, but he stops short of giving a reason why that’s no longer the case.”
Many years later in his book Decoded Hov told readers that the verse on TCBL was actually about his first girlfriend, Stephanie, who miscarried back in 1994. Hov and ‘Fannie’ dated for five years, and she followed him to New York, but she left to return to Virginia when Hov formed Roc-A-Fella and started working tirelessly on Reasonable Doubt. As Hov explains, “my level of commitment to her couldn’t compete with what I was willing to give to make this rap thing work. I didn’t record it till years later, but “Song Cry” had been writing itself in my head ever since Fannie left me to go home to Virginia.”
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d. Regardless of your hustle, you have to utilize your mind. You lead with your mind, not your physical. This line implies the advantage of having a strong intellect and mental toughness during the pursuit of success.
It seems that in this era, too many of us no longer seek inspiration, but validation of our cynicism. Spending time and energy trying to discredit the next man’s or woman’s success does not increase the probability of your success.
Another person’s success or failure doesn’t determine your fate. Many of us hate so much that it’s as if we’re praying for the next man’s downfall. Why is that? His setbacks WILL NOT move you forward.
Now, criticism has value but constant hate will only leave you bankrupt figuratively and even literally.
For some reason when you’re in another stratosphere, some people think bashing your success will bring you down to earth - to their level of mediocrity.
what’s hip hop without a LONNY hook?