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Interlude
JAY-Z Lyrics


The other night
While I was uh researchin' what were goin' to be discussin' today
I came across a passage in a book that um
I think it uh really simplifies
What the human administrative is talkin' about
And I learned that all things must come to an end
It is an inevitable part of the cycle of resistance
All things must conclude

Take the analogy of a tree that grows in Brooklyn
Among the steel and the concrete
With all its glorious branches and leaves
One day it too will pass on its legacy
Through the seeds it dropped to the ground
And as the wind carries these seeds throughout wherever they might move
A new life will begin for each one of them
As they stand as a monument to the one that came before
That came before that came before
That came before that came before

Lyrics © DistroKid, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Justin Smith, Shawn Carter

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Lyrics

[Jay-Z]
This is a public service announcement
Sponsored by Just Blaze and the good folks at Roc-A-Fella Records

[Just Blaze]
Fellow Americans, it is with the utmost pride and sincerity that
I present this recording as a living testament and recollection of history
In the making during our generation

[Verse 1: Jay-Z]
Allow me to re-introduce myself
My name is Hov, OH, H-to-the-O-V
I used to move snowflakes by the O-Z
I guess even back then you can call me
CEO of the R-O-C, Hov!
Fresh out the frying pan into the fire
I be the music biz number one supplier
Flyer than a piece of paper bearing my name
Got the hottest chick in the game wearing my chain, that's right
Hov, OH—not D.O.C
But similar to them letters, "No One Can Do it Better"
I check cheddar like a food inspector
My homie Strict told me, "Dude finish your breakfast"
So that's what I'm a do, take you back to the dude
With the Lexus, fast-forward the jewels and the necklace
Let me tell you dudes what I do to protect this
I shoot at you actors like movie directors (*laughing*)
This ain't a movie, dog (oh shit)

[Interlude: Just Blaze]
Now before I finish, let me just say I did not come here to show out,
Did not come here to impress you.
Because to tell you the truth when I leave here I'm GONE!
And I don't care WHAT you think about me—
But just remember, when it hits the fan, brother,
Whether it's next year, ten years, twenty years from now, you'll never be able
To say that these brothers lied to you JACK!

[Verse 2: Jay-Z]
Ving ain't lie
I done came through the block in everything that's fly
I'm like Che Guevara with bling on, I'm complex
I never claimed to have wings on
Nigga, I get my "by any means" on whenever there's a drought
Get your umbrellas out because that's when I brainstorm
You can blame Shawn, but I ain't invent the game
I just rolled the dice, trying to get some change
And I'd do it twice, ain't no sense in me
Lying as if I am a different man
And I could blame my environment but
There ain't no reason why I be buying expensive chains
Hope you don't think users are the only abusers
Niggas getting high within the game
If you do then, how would you explain?
I'm ten years removed, still the vibe is in my veins
I got a hustler spirit, nigga, period
Check out my hat yo, peep the way I wear it
Check out my swag' yo, I walk like a ballplayer
No matter where you go, you are what you are player
And you can try to change but that's just the top layer
Man, you was who you was 'fore you got here
Only God can judge me, so I'm gone
Either love me, or leave me alone

Now, back to our regularly scheduled program, L'Album Noir: The Black Album



All comments from YouTube:

Kaiyla Ferguson

jay should start rapping like this again he is just talented af

Corey Hendricks

Just Blaze on the beat is top notch 👍

TOASTIE

Just blaze ruined this song.
For years I thought that was a 60 year old inspirational black activist in the intermission, then I realised it’s just blaze corny @ sounding like an old lady.

Sanko

Ahh man who ever knows jay this wos one of his his best records of all time 👌🏽😎

Tony

This album and Blueprint reminds me of growing up in NY and these albums were in heavy rotation always

David Huffman

This jay needs a comeback

derrick robinson

This was jayz prime I remember riding with pops listening to all this 💯💯💯

Kagisho Mokoena

“I didn’t invent the game, I just rolled some dice trying to get some change” Now you on a Billion 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🔥🔥🔥🔥

knightscarlata89

This track at the fkn gym 😤 oooohhhhh babyyyyyyy

Limits98

Lyrics

[Jay-Z]
This is a public service announcement
Sponsored by Just Blaze and the good folks at Roc-A-Fella Records

[Just Blaze]
Fellow Americans, it is with the utmost pride and sincerity that
I present this recording as a living testament and recollection of history
In the making during our generation

[Verse 1: Jay-Z]
Allow me to re-introduce myself
My name is Hov, OH, H-to-the-O-V
I used to move snowflakes by the O-Z
I guess even back then you can call me
CEO of the R-O-C, Hov!
Fresh out the frying pan into the fire
I be the music biz number one supplier
Flyer than a piece of paper bearing my name
Got the hottest chick in the game wearing my chain, that's right
Hov, OH—not D.O.C
But similar to them letters, "No One Can Do it Better"
I check cheddar like a food inspector
My homie Strict told me, "Dude finish your breakfast"
So that's what I'm a do, take you back to the dude
With the Lexus, fast-forward the jewels and the necklace
Let me tell you dudes what I do to protect this
I shoot at you actors like movie directors (*laughing*)
This ain't a movie, dog (oh shit)

[Interlude: Just Blaze]
Now before I finish, let me just say I did not come here to show out,
Did not come here to impress you.
Because to tell you the truth when I leave here I'm GONE!
And I don't care WHAT you think about me—
But just remember, when it hits the fan, brother,
Whether it's next year, ten years, twenty years from now, you'll never be able
To say that these brothers lied to you JACK!

[Verse 2: Jay-Z]
Ving ain't lie
I done came through the block in everything that's fly
I'm like Che Guevara with bling on, I'm complex
I never claimed to have wings on
Nigga, I get my "by any means" on whenever there's a drought
Get your umbrellas out because that's when I brainstorm
You can blame Shawn, but I ain't invent the game
I just rolled the dice, trying to get some change
And I'd do it twice, ain't no sense in me
Lying as if I am a different man
And I could blame my environment but
There ain't no reason why I be buying expensive chains
Hope you don't think users are the only abusers
Niggas getting high within the game
If you do then, how would you explain?
I'm ten years removed, still the vibe is in my veins
I got a hustler spirit, nigga, period
Check out my hat yo, peep the way I wear it
Check out my swag' yo, I walk like a ballplayer
No matter where you go, you are what you are player
And you can try to change but that's just the top layer
Man, you was who you was 'fore you got here
Only God can judge me, so I'm gone
Either love me, or leave me alone

Now, back to our regularly scheduled program, L'Album Noir: The Black Album

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