What's it gon take for me to go
For you to see, the modern day Pablo, Picasso baby
Jay longs to know how many chart topping albums, radio-magnetised songs and countless works of art until he is recognised as a legendary artist ala Pablo Picasso.
It could also be a veiled reference to the drug lord Pablo Escobar, after he says Pablo there’s a pause in which you could think that he’s gonna shout-out Escobar, but he doesn’t.
He’s asking “Do I need to die for you all to realize I’m a legend” … as legends usually don’t get declared so until they’ve passed. He’s an artist like Picasso and a street legend like Escobar.
By saying ‘Picasso’ instead of ‘Escobar’, he could be saying how he wants to be remembered as an artist, not a criminal. In the trailers for this album and on other occasions Hov has talked about how even though he is now a rich business man (or rather a business, man) he is still perceived by many as a criminal, because of his dark past of drug dealing in Brooklyn. He wants to be seen as the new Pablo Picasso, not the new Pablo Escobar.
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