|Single by Jay-Z featuring Chrisette Michele|
|from the album Kingdom Come|
|Released||November 21, 2006|
|Label||Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam|
Shawn Carter |
|Producer(s)||Dr. Dre and Mark Batson|
|Jay-Z singles chronology|
Dr. Dre also told Scratch magazine in a 2004 interview that he has been studying piano and music theory, like in this song.
The first verse is rumored to be about Jaz-O, his former mentor and business partner, but is also speculated as being about long-time friend, business partner, and co-founder of Roc-a-fella Records Damon Dash. In the song Jay-Z states, "I heard motherfuckers saying they made Hov; made Hov say, 'Okay, so, make another Hov.'" Hov refers to his previous stage name Young Hov and the lyrics parallel the history between him and Jaz-O.
The second verse is about Beyoncé. The opening lyric, "I don't think it's meant to be, B," is very arguably addressed to Beyoncé. Jay clarified in Decoded that this verse is about Beyonce.
The third verse is about his nephew, Colleek D. Luckie, who died in a car accident with the car, a Chrysler 300, that Jay-Z bought him for his graduation present. He also mentions Colleek's girlfriend was pregnant when he died. Jay-Z personally blames his nephew's death on himself.
Jay-Z makes a reference to the film "Casino" with the line: "Shoulda stayed in food and beverage/ Too much flossing/ Too much Sam Rothstein."
Jay-Z can be seen driving a Maybach Exelero in the video.
The beat was used in the 2006 Rap Up by Skillz.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||58|
|U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs||19|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks||10|
|U.S. Billboard Pop 100||83|
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