10. 25th Hour:
"Table full of powder, A.C. broke
'Bout to take another shower, on my 25th hour
Spike Lees everywhere, game or the flight
You might see me anywhere, day in the life"
- Jay-Z, "Ignorant Shit"
Hov explained this one pretty well himself in Decoded (page 63, if you're playing along at home). In Lee's film, the titular phrase refers to the time right before Ed Norton's character turns himself in to go to jail. Jay notes that "[e]very hour is the 25th hour when you're on the streets—it can end at any moment." The "Spike Lees" in the following line refer to the best seats wherever one may be, a nod at the director's habit of sitting court-side at New York Knicks games.
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