Is he H to the izz-O, M to the izz-O?

from Nas – Stillmatic (Freestyle) Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

A reference to the persistent but unsubstantiated rumour that Jay-Z was “the gay rapper”, based on the hook from Jay’s Izzo (H.O.V.A.). Word play on Hova-> Homo.

Such homophobia mars some parts of Nas' Ether as well. For the record, there is no (zero) evidence of Jay-Z’s homosexuality, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

For more on homophobia in Hip Hop check out the documentary Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes by Byron Hurt.

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