When the grief is over, beef is over
I’ll be fly when Easter’s over

from Jay Z (Ft. Kanye West & Mr. Hudson) – Why I Love You Lyrics on Rap Genius


A reference to Jesus, who resurrected three days after dying on the cross. This date is celebrated on Easter Sunday which marks the end of Easter.

Jay compares himself to Jesus, in the way that his enemies will stop the hate when they think they’ve killed him. So when they think he’s gone he comes back stronger than he’s ever been. Unresolved feuds end with death, reflecting his attitude of forgiveness. He said in this MTV2 interview that he told Tupac’s mother of their beef, “It was over for me… whatever we had died with him.”

Jay does a play on him being “fly” with Jesus rising to heaven after being born again.

Hence his nickname “Jay-Hova”.

In black culture people get “fly” for Easter. Pull out their best garments… but Jay is fly on the daily and could kill your Sunday’s Best on any given day. In addition to being “fly”-looking when Easter is over, Jeezy continues the double meaning of being “fly,” i.e. rising to heaven. Not only is he going to be a pious person when he goes to church, on special holidays, etc., but on a daily basis.

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