It's tugging, at my heart, but this time apart is needed
From the public, who should've gave me the pulitz'
Instead gave me they ass to kiss

from Memphis Bleek (Ft. Jay Z) – Dear Summer Lyrics on Rap Genius


Jay is tired of criticism: he should win a Pulitzer but instead the public shits on him. That’s why, as much as he loves rap, he has to take a break. This seems like an odd line: Jay-Z is arguably the most popular and well-received rapper ever. Does he really feel slighted by the public? Keep in mind this is post-Black Album, an album that was met with immediate critical acclaim (before his Kingdom Come flop)

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