Jay-Z On “Big Pimpin’” Lyrics: “What Kind Of Animal Would Say This Sort Of Thing?”

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Jay-ZOver 10 years have passed since Jay-Z recorded and released “Big Pimpin’”, the 1999 single that solidified Jay-Z’s superstar status.

Jay was knocking on thirty’s door when he put the song together, but at the age of forty, Jay has a different opinion of the song now.

Jay-Z spoke with the Wall Street Journal about his upcoming book Decoded which is part memoir, part analysis of his lyrics.  In the interview, he expressed a little shock towards the lyrics of “Big Pimpin’.”

WSJ: You’re famous for not writing your lyrics down as you compose them. What changes about them when you see them on the page like this?

Jay-Z: Some [lyrics] become really profound when you see them in writing. Not “Big Pimpin.” That’s the exception. It was like, I can’t believe I said that. And kept saying it. What kind of animal would say this sort of thing? Reading it is really harsh.

Let’s take a look at those “Big Pimpin’” lyrics shall we?

You know I – thug em, f*ck em, love em, leave em
Cause I don’t f*ckin need em
Take em out the hood, keep em lookin good
But I don’t f*ckin feed em
First time they fuss I’m breezin
Talkin bout, “What’s the reasons?”
I’m a pimp in every sense of the word, b*tch
Better trust than believe em
In the cut where I keep em
til I need a nut, til I need to beat the guts
Then it’s, beep beep and I’m pickin em up
Let em play with the d*ck in the truck
Many chicks wanna put Jigga fist in cuffs
Divorce him and split his bucks
Just because you got good head, I’ma break bread
so you can be livin it up? Shit I..
parts with nothin, y’all be frontin
Me give my heart to a woman?
Not for nothin, never happen
I’ll be forever mackin
Heart cold as assassins, I got no passion
I got no patience
And I hate waitin..
Hoe get yo’ ass in
And let’s RI-I-I-I-I-IDE.. check em out now
RI-I-I-I-I-IDE, yeah
And let’s RI-I-I-I-I-IDE.. check em out now
RI-I-I-I-I-IDE, yeah

Yeah, a little harsh… But not the harshest thing we’ve ever heard in song…

Jay-Z also talked about what he feels is missing in hip-hop:

WSJ: What would you change about hip-hop if you could?

Jay-Z: We have to find our way back to true emotion. This is going to sound so sappy, but love is the only thing that stands the test of time. “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” was all about love. Andre 3000, “The Love Below.” Even NWA, at its core, that was about love for a neighborhood.

We’re chasing a lot of sounds now, but I’m not hearing anyone’s real voice. The emotion of where you are in your life. The mortgage scandal. People losing their jobs. I want to hear about that.

We agree with Jay about the emotion being missing from hip-hop.  We hope that he takes the lead and brings it back into mainstream hip-hop, though we doubt Jay knows much about people losing jobs or not being able to pay their mortgages anymore…

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