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“I say a Big verse, I'm only biggin' up my brother,” Jay-Z kicked on The Black Album's “What More Can I Say,” justifying his penchant for borrowing bars originally crafted by The Notorious B.I.G. It seems like his Roc Nation signees enjoy paying similar homage to Jigga Man himself. In their brief careers, both J. Cole and Jay Electronica have swagger jacked their boss's lyrics on a handful of occasions. Most recently, on his much anticipated collaboration with Hov, “Mr. Nice Watch,” J. Cole borrowed a short phrase from Mr. Carter. Similarly, Jay Elec kicked his off his verse on “Act II (Rough Demo),” also leaked last week, with some bars from the other Jay. On the heels of those releases, XXL brings its monthly magazine column Swagger Jacker online for the Roc Nation edition.
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J. Cole: “Looking For Trouble” “High as fuck with a cold flow and a loaded gun/Never say I’m better than Hov, but I’m the closest one” Jay-Z: “Hola Hovito” “Mone got more flows than Young/Plus got more flows to come/And if I ain't better than Big, I'm the closest one”
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J. Cole: “How High” ”No I don't smoke, maybe once in a blue/When the tension gets thick then there’s nothing to do” Jay-Z: “Feelin It” “It's just once in a blue when there's nothin to do and/The tension gets too thick for my sober mind to cut through”
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J. Cole: “Mr. Nice Watch” Ugh, nice watch/Ugh, nice watch (I know) Jay-Z: “A Million and One Questions” “Uggh, nice watch, do you really have a spot? Like you said in 'Friend or Foe' and if so, what block?”
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Jay Electronica: “Exhibit A” “I spit that Wonderama shit, me and my conglomerates/Shall remain anonymous, caught up in the finest shit” Jay-Z: “Dead Presidents” “While others spit that Wonderama shit, me and my conglomerate/Shall remain anonymous, caught up in the finest shit”
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Jay Electronica: “Act II (Rough Demo)” “Who wanna bet us that we don't touch lettuce/Stack cheddars forever/Live treacherous, all the etceteras/To the death of us, me and my confidants, we shine/You feel the ambiance, we savin' the blind” Jay-Z: “Dead Presidents II” “Who wanna bet us that we don't touch lettuce/Stack cheddars forever/Live treacherous, all the etceteras/To the death of us, me and my confidants, we shine/You feel the ambiance, y'all niggas just rhyme”
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J. Cole: "Can I Live" Jay-Z: "Can I Live"