Streets Is Talking: Socially Conscious Jay-Z Rhymes

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"Watch Me"

On this 1999 collabo with Dr. Dre, Jay cites the police shooting of Amadou Diallo and the government's drug war hypocrisy as reasons to go for yours with no qualms.

See that Benz? Cop that now
Drop-that-top-down, they gon' kill us anyway
Them cops uptown hit homes with forty-one rounds....
This place is f---ed, all type of AIDS and such
How they make it where you afraid to f---
They gave us drugs then turned around and investigated us


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