Jay Z – Izzo (H.O.V.A.) Lyrics

Produced By: Kanye West
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[Produced by Kanye West]

[Intro]
Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the 8th wonder of the world
The flow of the century, oh it's timeless, HOV!
Thanks for coming out tonight
You could've been anywhere in the world, but you're here with me
I appreciate that

[Verse 1]
H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
For shizzle my nizzle used to dribble down in VA
Was servin' em in the home of the Terrapins, got it dirt cheap for them
Plus if they was short with cheese I would work with them
Brought in weed, got rid of that dirt for them
Wasn't born hustlers, I was birthing em
H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
For sheezy my neezy keep my arms so breezy
Can't leave rap alone, the game needs me
Haters want me clapped in chrome, it ain't easy
Cops want to knock me, D.A. wants to box me in
But somehow I beat them charges like Rocky

H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
Not guilty, he who does not feel me
Is not real to me
, therefore he doesn't exist
So poof! -- vamoose, son of a bitch!

[Hook]
H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
For shizzle my nizzle used to dribble down in VA
H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
That's the anthem, get your damn hands up!

H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
Not guilty y'all got to feel me
H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
That's the anthem, get your damn hands up!


[Verse 2]
I do this for my culture
To let them know what a nigga look like when a nigga in a Roadster

Show them how to move in a room full of vultures
Industry is shady, it needs to be taken over

Label owners hate me, I'm raising the status quo up
I'm overcharging niggas for what they did to the Cold Crush

Pay us like you owe us for all the years that you hoed us
We can talk, but money talks, so talk more bucks

[Hook]

[Verse 3]
Hov' is back, life stories told through rap
Niggas acting like I sold you crack
Like I told you sell drugs; no,
Hov' did that
So hopefully you won't have to go through that

I was raised in the projects, roaches and rats
Smokers out back selling their mama's sofa
Lookouts on the corner focused on the ave
Ladies in the window, focused on the kinfolk
Me under a lamp post, why I got my hand closed?
Crack's in my palm, watching the long arm of the law

So you know I seen it all before
I've seen Hoop Dreams deflate like a true fiend's weight
To try and to fail: the 2 things I hate
Succeed, and this rap game: the 2 things that's great
H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
What else can I say about dude? I gets bu-sy

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