(I guess I’m one of them niggas, then.)
The Blueprint 3 served up a glimpse of Grizzly Bear Jay. But for those who grew up on the “thug nigga ‘til the end,” the appetite for the real nigga shit wasn’t quite whetted, with the exception of “Real As It Gets.”
Since the about-face on retirement, Hov has moved far away from the ghetto icon he personified in his prime. To his credit, though, Hov never lied when he said he’s “treating it like the corner, fuck with him if we wanna.” The Oprah co-sign, 9/11 show (where you were hard-pressed to see any black folk), and Rocawear look-books magazines covers were all Forbesian moves in today’s music game.
But even Jay can’t keep the doo rag completely off — and he always seems to tie it tight when Mr. 17.5 is around.
Even while heading the Carter administration over at 1755 Broadway, Jigga probably grew a bit tired of the tailored suits and had to get it off his chest that the leader of the Def Jam boardroom was once “lord of the kitchen cupboard,” as well. And with this one cameo, the GOAT reminded everyone of his rightful standing. On another note, this beat was truly his Byron Russell.
Bun B Feat. Z-Ro, Pimp C, Young Jeezy & Jay-Z – “Get Throwed”
More bars (“Worldwide, I’m known for the Arm & Hamm-er”) to get his corporate people buggin’, it’s not all boastin’ and braggin’. Lines like “now I got the game sewn like granny’s good shawl” were words that corporate world just wouldn’t understand.
In one verse, Jay drops more insider info about actual street dealings than on most albums, where he usually sprinkles a line or two in per song. Post record-breaking Roc Nation deal (He beat Madonna!), he still justifies his thug (“I put hours in that kitchen”), going as far as to reveal looming charges from the Feds, but more profoundly, an admission of trying to offer a straight and narrow to the Al Capone of the Crack Epidemic.
A so-so feature that wavers between inspiring (“…so I’ma spread my wings, you can meet me in the sky”) and insipid posturing (“I’ll be goddamned if my diamonds ain’t blue…”), this is the one cut that could be the exception out of the lot. Yet the money talk is textbook Hov, thus the track’s inclusion here.
Originally a TM103 cut, Jay just had to jack it to give the gangsters some. And for the record, forget “Run This Town”— Hov got tooken here. “Still talkin’ yayo,” this shit still managed to “make you wanna grow up.”
Previously Posted — Sibling Rivalry: Jay-Z & Kanye West