Jay-Z’s Notorious B.I.G. Quote of the Day: Jay’s “What More Can I Say,” Big’s “Unfoolish,” tremendous talent, and presence in Jay’s lyrics
Well, with all the Jay-Z bashing I alluded to in the J. Cole post, I started cranking The Black Album to assure myself of my sanity. But of course I get 2 tracks in and realize I haven’t done in an entry in this series for awhile. Now, I’m gonna save that quote for another day, cause “What More Can I Say” just started kicking my earbuds’ ass and there’s a pretty relevant line here given our circumstances here.
Jay: “I’m not a biter, I’m a writer for myself and others/I say a Big verse I’m only biggin’ up my brother/Biggin’ up my borough, I’m big enough to do it/I’m that thorough, plus I know my own flow is foolish”
Grade: Well, this is pretty much Jay’s eight years in advance response to anyone who’d criticize him for using too many Big lyrics. He’s saying that he’s not ripping off the lyrics, he’s paying tribute to Biggie and keep him in the minds of his listeners, as well as repping Brooklyn, where they both grew up. The reason he can do this is because his own talent and reputation is BIG enough to (get it? HA). The last line is a reference to the remix of Ashanti’s “Foolish” that posthumously sampled Big’s “One More Chance” remix lyrics. The little quatrain also points out that Jay has ghostwritten some pretty hot verses, like Dr. Dre’s “Still D.R.E.” (He should brag: “niggas tryin’ to be the king, but the ace is back” hot fuckin’ damn!). It’s also worth pointing out that the whole song “What More Can I Say” is entirely about how Jay just shits on everyone else in every way, leaving him nothing more to accomplish in rap but to retire, which is pretty fuckin’ badass even if it’s a big of an exaggeration (Em is more skilled and more popular but Em is always the exception isn’t he?). But at the end of day, Jay still is pretty much right on point when he says that other rappers dissing him for using Big lyrics is ridiculous because even without the Big lyrics he murders them (also should mention that both T.I. and Wayne have either sampled or quoted this song, if it needs any more validation for you). That’s some fuckin’ “Biggie Smalls type kill every rapper who challenges me” swag. So this for sure gets a “B.I.G.” out of B.I.G.