This Can't Be Life

from Kanye West – Family Business Lyrics on Rap Genius


Kanye did the beat on “This Can’t Be Life” by Jay-Z

I believe Kanye is also using the title of the track (This Can’t Be Life) to emphasize the surreal nature of telling his cousin he’s beginning to produce for his idol (Jay-Z)… and possibly the surreal nature of his cousin not being around to experience it with him and the rest of the Fam, as well as referencing the sensitive, emotive subject matter on the Jay-Z track.

It’s worth noting that Kanye mentions on Last Call that he didn’t want Jay-Z going all deep on the record, saying he would’ve preferred it if Jigga and co. just stunted on the record. Of course, since it was his first beat for Jay, he didn’t want to mess up his chances of getting work, so at the time wasn’t exactly in a position to criticise Jay for not doing so.

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