"Gimme a couple years, shit, I might just sneak in / A couple words, and like Peaches & Herb / We'll be reunited and it feels so hood / Have the whole world saying 'How you still so good?'" - Jay-Z on "Dear Summer"


"I’m a hassa, no I’m an asshole / I’m never satisfied, can’t knock my hustle / I want a Rothko, no I want a brothel / No I want a wife that fuck me like a prostitute" – “Picasso Baby”

Produced by Timbaland


The perfect pile of contradictions, as Hov muddles over being artsy and posh versus being a reckless asshole. Wonder what King Bey thinks of that prostitute line.

"I never stuck my cock in the Fox’s box / But damned if I ain’t open Pandora’s box / They try to slander your man on CNN and Fox / My Mirandas don’t stand a chance with cops" – “Picasso Baby”

Produced by Timbaland


Well, there you have it. Jay finally shut down the rumors claiming that he took Foxy Brown’s virginity. Mind you, the rumor was started by Foxy Brown herself.



"Sound boy burial, this my Wayne Perry flow / Y’all know nothin’ about Wayne Perry though / District of Columbia, guns on your Tumblrs / Fuck hashtags and retweets nigga / 140 characters in these streets nigga" – “Tom Ford”

Produced by Timbaland and J-Roc

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Washington D.C.’s most infamous murderer gets a name check as Jay simultaneously slams internet thugs. Can’t hide behind your keyboards forever.

"El Padrino / in the villa in Venice sippin’ vino / Not bad for a mulliano / Y’all know like we know, I got it" – “Fuckwithmeyouknowigotit”

Produced by Timbaland, Boi-1da, and Vinylz


Sure Jay got the pronunciation of the Italian word for “eggplant” wrong (it’s also used as an entry level racial slur), but he’s bringing back mob references from the real La Cosa Nostra.

"I’m anti-Santa Maria / Only Christopher we acknowledge is Wallace / I don’t even like Washingtons in my pocket – “Oceans”

Produced by Pharrell and Timbaland


A middle finger to Christopher Columbus chased with a shout out to Biggie – sounds like a successful line to us.

"Boy from the hood but got White House clearance." - "Open Letter"


After appearing in candid photos with Beyonce in Cuba, Jay released "Open Letter," claiming that his pal Obama gave him clearance to go to Cuba. Obama went on to deny this, and admitted at the 2013 White House Correspondents Dinner, "I have 99 problems and now Jay-Z is one of them."



"I just want a shot to show my genius / Standin’ on the top hold my penis / America tried to emasculate the greats / Murder Malcolm gave Cassius the shakes / Wait tell them rumble young man rumble / Try to dim your lights, tell you be humble / You know I’m gon’ shine like a trillion watts / You know a nigga trill as Michael Jackson socks" – “F.U.T.W.”

Produced by Timbaland and J-Roc


The historical Alpha male commentary is poignant, but let’s get to the part about MJ’s socks, considering the late King Of Pop had crystals hand sewn into the fabric. Is anything triller than that?



"What you know about going out, head West / Maybach, 3 TV's all up in the head rest." - "BBC"


The Maybach 62s, the brand's most luxury model, is actually designed in such a way that it is only possible for there to be one TV in each headrest. So, having "3 TV's all up in the head rest" is simply exaggeration.



"Bright lights is enticing / But look what it did to Tyson." - "Holy Grail"


Tyson's fall from grace had less to do with the "bright lights" and more to do with his unlikely loss to Buster Douglas in February of 1990, as well as an affair with the 18-year-old Desiree Washington. At the height of his career, Tyson was sentenced by an Indiana judge to serve six years in prison for raping Washington.


"I’m an outlaw, got an outlaw chick / Bumpin’ Tupac, on my Outlawz shit / Matching tats, this ink don’t come off / Even if rings come off and things ring off" – “Part II (On the Run)”

Produced by Timbaland and J-Roc


Pepa and Treach had matching ring tattoos. They’re divorced now. Just saying.

"Girl why you never ready / For as long as you took, you better look like Halle Berry / or Beyoncé / Shit then we gettin’ married" – “Beach Is Better”

Produced by Mike WiLL Made It and Marz


King Bey is the prototype. No news there.


"I’m not ya average dope dealer / Silver Toyotas 4Runners and four wheelers / Me and Teflon Q45 Infinite / Windows tinted / White girl all in it / Britney, bitch." – “BBC”

Produced by Pharrell and Timbaland


Here comes the double entendre moving kilos in mid-level vehicles and using white girl as the euphemism for coke. Plus Britney Spears gets a mention for the first time in years.




"Whoa! This ain't B.R., no / This S.C., CEO, the next Lyor? No / The next leader of the whole free world / And the next thing I'mma do is free Sigel, go." - Jay-Z on "Ignorant Shit"


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More double entendre, as Jay defends his little monster while shouting out Gaga’s tribe.