Lucky lefty, I expect a seven
Jay resurrects his long-neglected moniker Lucky Lefty, which may have origins with legendary 20th-Century gangster “Lucky Lefty” Luciano.
The nickname surfaced around the time of the formation of The Commision, a hip-hop supergroup that was founded by BIG and fell apart with death. Whatchu Want (The Commision) includes the name. It surfaced again in Thank You and The Blueprint’s Renegade.
The line refers to shooting craps. With his “lucky left” hand, he’ll be shooting sevens all night (a good thing). He’s so lucky that he expects things to go his way (Jay is actually left-handed).
Jay-Z explains the origin of the “lucky lefty” nickname in the first scene of Fade to Black. He says that he believes that luck is an energy that flows around the world, and the night he was live at MSG for the first time he felt like the luckiest man in the world, “or as my man C-Thru would say: lucky lefty”.
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