2. The Notorious B.I.G. “My Downfall”
Jay once rapped, “I say a B.I.G. verse, I’m only biggin up my brother,” and no where is that reverence more apparent than on “Jay-Z Blue.” Hov borrows Biggie’s classic line, “I dream filthy/My moms and pops mixed me with Jamaican Rum and Whiskey/Huh, what a set off” from “My Downfall” and samples his late friend’s voice throughout the track.
Jay also takes Biggie’s line about his daughter T’Yanna and reworks it with Blue Ivy’s name to fit the song’s theme: “Apologies in order/To Blue Ivy my daughter/If it was up to me/You would be with me/Sort of like daddy dearest.”