Jay-Z joins Drake for a guest verse in which he too airs a grievance, threatening to come after a particular former friend turned foe. According to Genius
, the dude in question is his former hustling partner and bestie Dehaven Irby. Things went sour between them in 1998 because:
1. Irby claimed Hova abandoned him when he faced indictments for federal drug charges.
2. According to Jaz-Z, Dehaven turned snitch to reduce his sentence. On the American Gangster
track "No Hook
," he accuses DeHaven of "caving," adding:Made men ain't supposed to make statements
End of the story, I followed the code, cracked the safe
Dehaven denies providing information to the Federal Government to reduce his time in jail.
3. Jay has stated that in his drug-dealing days, he was shot at three times. Here, he says Dehaven knew one of the shooters and continued associating with him after the incident.