“WHAT MORE CAN I SAY”
Interestingly, this track proceeds where “Dec 4” concludes, then ciphers to Xerox the track’s final sentiment. After refreshing his bio on the preceding track, Jay laments feeling unappreciated by rap fans––he felt due to his influence on pop culture, superbly spit non-fiction and a treasure of platinum albums he should be #1 on everybody’s Top 5 MC list. He then snidely wonders aloud what shape a Jay-Z-less rap game will find itself in, even suggesting that could be when he’ll receive his just due. All greats are loved most when they’re gone.
Prior to his exasperated mic-drop, Jay affirms that he’s a direct descendant of the Notorious B.I.G. thus the undisputed King of New York and only one fit to pay homage to his late best friend (Producers The Buchananans used the same MFSB sample that Ike Lee snatched for Tracey Lee and Biggie’s “Keep Your Hands High,” while Jay pinched a couple of Big’s classic bars from said track).
10 Years Later…
Fortunately the world never had to discover Hip-Hop without Jay-Z. Instead, Hip-Hop benefited from Hov’s retirement breach. It grew voluminously thanks in large to the Jigga man returning to not solely rap, but decorate his hat with a flock of President and CEO titles which ranged from Def Jam to his very own Roc Nation to NBA ownership. On this track, he warned the 1% that he was on their ass. Today his net worth is half of a billion dollars and he and wife Beyonce makeup the richest celebrity couple on planet Earth. While a decade ago, Jay wasn’t sure if he was the rap masses number one, today he’s proof positive that he’s Forbes’ numero uno rapper.