Speaking of Jay-Z, the more I listen, the more I'm inclined to think that certain lines have to be the biggest practical jokes over. Like, dude could look into the future, then he laid out those lines. I mean, it's either that or the man was an unfortunate victim to immediate ironies and uttered some of the most humorous contradictions/predictions ever. You decide.
1. Jay-Z & R.Kelly-"It Ain't Personal"
Man, they go and tell me, like
You never know who your true friends until you, ah umm,
Both got a little bit of money.
I mean cause y'all both broke,
Then there's no strain on the relationship, y'all both broke.
And if you got money and he ain't got no paper
He still needs you so you'll never know how he really feel about you.
When y'all both get some paper, you'll see...
Taken from the first collaborative album with R. Kelly, Jay-Z must've penned this verse as some sort of crazy caveat concerning their relationship if they were to make another album. When they did, and this occurred, it was as Jay had predicted. Just replace "broke" with "pretty damn rich" and "got money" to "stanky rich," and you've pretty much got the tale of the Best of Both Worlds Tour.
The best part? The two haven't done anything together since then. Try and tell me that "it ain't personal."
2. Jay-Z-"So Ghetto"
You see I live for the love of the street,
Rap to the ruggedest beats.
Maybe he thought no one would notice? Or maybe, just maybe, Jay knew that he would shirk off the Primoes and Skis completely for Pharrells and 'Yes. Maybe he knew that he would record the intro for that Fallout Boy album. And maybe he even knew that, somehow, four years later one of the hardest songs he'd do would be made by the guy who scored the Dixie Chicks a grammy this year. And just by the time his fans got the joke, they got "Umbrella" stuck in their head and forgot all about it.
3. Scarface feat. Jay-Z and Memphis Bleek
We'll get right into the proceedings this evening
0:00-the track begins
0:07-the above mentioned line is stated
0:45-Jay-Z stops talking and actually proceeds with the rapping
4. Jay-Z-"Momet Of Clarity"
Truthfully I wanna rhyme like Common Sense
But I did five mill' - I ain't been rhymin like Common since
Unless, you know, you count spitting weak bullshit rhymes over whack-ass Kanye West beats rhyming like Common. But he couldn't have seen that coming...could he?
Gimme couple years, shit I might just sneak in,
A couple words and like peaches and herb,
We'll be reunited and it feels so hood.
Have the whole world saying "How you still so good?"
Funny, that's exactly. what . the . critics . said.
Or Jay-Z, with all his silly dry humor, decided to make Kingdom Come flop, just so we could appreciate that line of his a little bit more...
Food for thought. You know, mull it over for a bit.
*But still, watch what you say to me.