Decoded: Jay Z's Five Percenter Lyrics

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Jay Z "Can I Live"

Lyric: “My subliminal flows create criminal O’s/ Sing along if you with me, till the end of the road/I’m cynical when in the view of the public/ And this is because I’m defensive when I’m in interviews/ The percentage who don’t understand is higher than the percentage who do/ Check yourself, what percentage is you?”

Jay Z dropped a lot of jewels on his classic debut Reasonable Doubt and the 5 Percent teachings can be heard throughout. Here Jay is breaking down some of the basic principles of Five Percenters, which is that the world’s population is divided into three groups. Eighty-five percent of the people are blind to the knowledge of themselves and God, while 10 percent of the people know the truth. The 10 percent however choose to teach a lie for personal gain and have fabricated a mystery God. The remaining 5 percent are the Poor Righteous Teachers and they don’t follow the teachings of the 10 percent and try to enlighten the 85 percenters. That basically breaks down to that there is a higher percentage of those “who don’t understand.”

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