With the re-release of Jay-Z’s Decoded in paperback form approaching (November 1st to be exact), Complex got an exclusive excerpt which includes the breakdown for his verse from Young G’s off Puff Daddy & The Family’s 1997 album No Way Out. Check a preview below and head that way for the full write up (plus a chance to win a copy for yourself). UPDATE: Dream Hampton also decodes Puff and Big’s verses. Check that here.
Niggas that got killed in the field and all the babies born/
Know they ain’t fully prepared for this New World Order
“New World Order” was a phrase used by George H. W. Bush to describe the postcommunist world, but many of us understood it as a code phrase for the secret societies that controlled governments and economies. The suspicious deaths of our great heroes— from Bob Marley to the “rappers that’s gone,” all “killed in the field” of battle, the battle between good and evil, to put it simply—was part of that New World Order’s agenda. This kind of conspiracy theory was commonplace where I’m from; it may have been borne of paranoia, but, as they say, just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean someone’s not out to get you. Biggie and Pac could testify to that.
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