It was a dude named Sha who would really treat her right
He wanted to run to the country to escape the city life
But Isis liked this Broadway life
Meet The Parents by Jay Z

There was a “good dude” who really liked her and wanted to take care of her, but Isis wanted to live a party life and the idea of living in the country probably didn’t appeal to her at all.

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September 15th, 2013

Again, like a good author, Jay uses names with meaning. Sha sounds like Shah, or king in Persian. It literally means to gain control over, and Sha in the story was attempting to do just that— moving Isis out of the city and effectively changing her life, and making her a queen. But Isis had no interest in the quiet life.

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Mike was the hardhead from the around the way
That she wanted all her life, shit, she wanted all the hype
Used to hold on tight when he wheelied on the bike
He was a Willie all her life, he wasn't really the one to like
Meet The Parents by Jay Z

Mike was a street dude and Isis had always been attracted to bad boys with flashy lifestyles… even if that kind of man wasn’t the best type to have a real future with.

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September 15th, 2013

The name here also has some ironic connotations. Mike is a nickname for Michael which means “who is like God”. Which could hold double meanings in this story, since Mike holds the power of life and death over his son (reminiscent of the Judeo-Christian idea of a father giving up his son) and Mike is a co-creator of this child, meaning he took up the creation order of God and brought life into the world.
The Archangel Michael:

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It was just this night when moon was full
And the stars were just right, and the dress was real tight
Meet The Parents by Jay Z

Describing the night Isis first met Mike.

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She loved the Gucci sneakers, the red, green, and whites Meet The Parents by Jay Z

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Had her soundin' like Lisa Lisa, I wonder if I take you home
Will you still love me after this night?
Meet The Parents by Jay Z

A reference to the 1985 song “I Wonder If I Take You Home” by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam.

The exact lyrics are:

I wonder if I take you home, would you still be in love, baby?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vy1Wws60q0M

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Old girl turned to coke, tried to smoke her pain away Meet The Parents by Jay Z

She became a junkie while trying to cope with the death of her son.

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That's the life of us raised by winter, it's a cold world Meet The Parents by Jay Z

Aside from the obvious literal meaning, Jay could be referencing the book The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah.

The story is set in the projects of Brooklyn, New York (familiar territory to Jay-Z) and the main character’s name is Winter.

“Winter is a symbol of a desolate, difficult life” as Jay says in Decoded.

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You, "haha" funny, Hard White (remix) by Yelawolf (Ft. Slaughterhouse & T.I.)

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Cause you do not know who you’re fuckin’ with Hard White (remix) by Yelawolf (Ft. Slaughterhouse & T.I.)

You’ve been warned.

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December 17th, 2013

This needs to be linked with the line above. Having sex with a stranger = Not knowing who you’re fucking with. Literally

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Dog, you putting my name in the middle of sucker shit
Is something like you gettin’ raped by a stranger
Hard White (remix) by Yelawolf (Ft. Slaughterhouse & T.I.)

What do talking slanderous about Crooked and getting raped have in common?

see the next line for the answer.

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