"I'm keeping it hood!" The sentiment is echoed throughout the hip hop
community as some sort of badge of honor. But Bed-Stuy native Jay-Z says
that he is growing tired of the statement as he apparently feels that no
one would voluntarily give up their current status in the game to return
to the block.
"I think it's more important for me to be in touch with who I am than in
touch with the streets, per se," Jay said in a recent interview. "Being
in touch with the streets, keeping it real, that's become a lie and a
"I'm not hanging on the corner in the Bed-Stuy. I hate it when rappers
say, 'I'm keeping it hood.' I'm like, 'Why? What do you mean? No one's
there by choice! You're in the hood, by choice?!'"