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There was a time when Jay-Z claimed retirement. After he released The Black Album, Jay swore he was retiring from the rap game.
Then he went all Michael Jordan and jumped back out of retirement, even calling it the ‘worst retirement in history,"
After 14 solo studio albums, and 3 collaborative albums (including this one), Jay-Z isn’t going anywhere, apparently even if he says he is.
In 2011, Drake said this was his favorite verse he’s ever done:
In the background, the listener can hear Jodeci’s “Feenin'”
The recording of this skit was made from Biggie rocking back and forth on a chair in the studio while Lil Kim made the noises of a very excited woman.
You can read more about this skit and other things in XXL’s exposé on the making of Ready to Die.
On a sidenote, a popular doctor was making similar skits on the West Coast..
Gates Avenue cuts right through Clinton Hill — Biggies teenage home — a big drug street in the 80’s. He was snatching plates from either dealers or yuppies that came into the hood to buy drugs.
Common is normally known for being respectful towards women, but if they say they like Cube, even that’s unforgivable.
Jay always sports the nicest and most studded timepieces
Cole reveals here that the friend he was quoting in the first verse is his friend Marcus. He forgives him for the things he says.
It could be from the song Visionz Of Home that came out before this where he says “Heard you saying shit about me I hope the shit isn’t true
Man look at the shit I came from, this narrow point of view
How you hatin’ on a nigga that wanted it more than you?
I ran through them spots with you and fucked the same bitches too
And just because I ride with you, I scrap with them niggas too
Came back for them niggas too, ain’t no trappin nigga, it’s true”
J. Cole’s mother battle cocaine addiction, so the idiom “high and dry” takes on more of a literal meaning here.