8 million stories out there in the naked
“There are 8 million stories out there” (i.e. in New York, one for each resident) has been attributed to Dorothy Parker. The line is also used in Whit Stillman’s 1990 film Metropolitan, which covers two weeks in the life of a clique of New York society debutantes
“The Naked City” is a gritty late 1940s film noir about crime in New York City. Jay’s line is a reference to a line from the movie, in which the narrator says “There are eight million stories in the Naked City; this has been one of them”.
This line also brings us back to Jay’s track “Never Change” from The Blueprint, as well as alluding to the first bar of Kurtis Blow’s “8 Million Stories” and A Tribe Called Quest’s track on their 1993 album Midnight Marauders.
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