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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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 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.
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:
Describing the night Isis first met Mike.
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?
She became a junkie while trying to cope with the death of her son.
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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.
You’ve been warned.
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