The sample for the “la la la’s” in Murder were from Fetelor de la Căpâlna, not the Indiggo twins.
This line was supposed to be paying homage to Hampton, but his son, Fred Hampton Jr. took offense to Jay-Z not referring to it as an assassination.
Better known to some as “Black Doug” from The Hangover.
Also his beats include many soul-samples.
Not talking about the Taylor Swift incident, this song was came long before that happened. This line is about his tantrum when he didn’t win Best New Artist at the AMA’s.
He is denying that he has other people “write his rhymes for him”, but he also can’t say he writes his own rhymes because his rhymes don’t get written at all.
By comparing Roc-a-Fella to the boat, Jay is saying that in order to increase his dominance and do great things (walk on water) it was necessary to leave the label. Also it literally means that you need to leave the protection of a boat in the sea to attempt the incredible.
The similar to the letters could refer to “D.O.C.” being like “ROC”, the Rocafella label.
He has the persona, girls and respect of a star, just not the material wealth to back it up.
And he is also referring to marijuana as the herb, saying it is more important than just shampoo.