The 10 Best Homages On ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’

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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.”

  • tsem

    Johnny cash didn’t sing this to begin with. It was a nine inch nails song, that he remade.

  • Chris Swanko

    True but Jay referred to the Johnny Cash version. That’s the lyric.

  • that dude

    I thought it was just a lot of bitting going on…….As usual from Jay. I expected more from this album. Shit was kinda weak.