Aww, whole world's in awe
Awe is an overwhelming feeling of admiration, the whole world admires Hova!
Shock and awe is a military term, meaning rapid dominance. The whole world is in awe because powerful people are always fighting for more power. The dominance could also recall the slavery age and the relationship between whites and blacks.
Basquiat’s Tuxedo also presents the word Ave various times in it
In Basquiat’s “Tuxedo,” Ave. shows up as an abbreviation for avenue, lingo Jay-Z would have been familiar with as a Brooklyn boy. However, given this rap’s other imagery, one could think of the Latin word Ave (with the “v” often pronounced as a “w”) the greeting Gabriel uses when he appears before the Virgin Mary to announce that she will bear the Son of God. The archangel’s full greeting, “Ave Maria, gratia plena,” means “Hail Mary, full of grace,” which Biggie Smalls quoted in his song “Dead Wrong.”
It should be added that this line from “Dead Wrong” draws a dichotomy between the sacrosanct body of the Virgin and the expendable body of a woman carrying “her Gucci bag and her Northface.” One could link this theme of getting rich through street violence to the themes addressed in “Ocean,” namely, acquiring wealth through violence against an entire race (i.e., slavery)
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