“One of my favorite verses—besides all of my rhymes—is probably one of Jay Z’s verses before Jay Z had an album out,” explains Cam. “I think the song was called ‘In My Lifetime.’ It says, ‘I don’t hassle with capsules, ‘cuz that don’t make the cash grow/And make a project ni**a get paid out the asshole/If I’mma risk a frisk, gettin’ my wrists wrapped up in steel/I’m out here trying to make a mill, my shit is real for real.”
The Harlem native then went in on why the verse always made such an impression on him. “I like that, because basically, why push nickels and dimes? If you gon’ take a risk doin’ something, go for it.”
It’s an especially interesting admission from the rapper, giving his well-known and very long history with Jay. The two rappers’ beef dates back to the early 2000s when Dame Dash, Jay’s one-time Roc-A-Fella business partner, allegedly offered Cam the vice president role at the label label while Jay Z was on vacation. Since then, the rapper’s have never shied away from throwing shots at each other at every opportunity.
Cam’s quoted Jay lyrics are actually from the original 1994 track, but that specific bar didn’t end up on the 1995 Big Jaz produced remix of the song that was later included as part of the 1998 Streets Is Watching soundtrack. You can lsiten to the original Cam is quoting below.