They’re saying the Blueprint 3 will be the most over-hyped album of the year, some people will probably even say the decade, cause they like to hate, and because, well, this is supposed to be a masterpiece: the third installment in the best trilogy in rap history. Then others are saying Jay hasn’t had anything to rap about since boxed lunch, or, more precisely, since he dealt drugs. But it is STILL the most juiced up album of the year, so what is the guy going to talk about?
Well let’s not forget that Jay-Z is a writer, a modern day poet, if you didn’t already know it. He’s even putting out a HUGE anthology that includes every lyric from every album he’s written, and probably a whole lot more (its my guess that this will cost a little more than the album) and would potentially sell more if hip hoppers actually liked to read. (If you’ve read this far then my apologies.) So, based off of one of the freshest leaks since I was 20 beers deeps, I’m willing to say that the man is still more than relevant. Venus vs Mars = lyrical largesse. Today, I break down everything from bars to meaning and metaphors on the track.
He starts the track with some cultural centerpieces (which probably got him a couple grand per):
“first a blackberry bold/ shorty had a sidekick/ she used to have a man/ i used to have a side chick/shorty got wind/ i had to blow the chick off/ she got rid of him/they both took the shit hard”
Sidekick and side chick, wonderful, but “shorty got wind, I had to blow the chick off,” pun-derful.
“Shorty played the piano/ me, I played with white keys”
A two for one piano/drug reference with “white keys.”
“Shorty like Pac/ me: big poppa/ she screamin ‘hit em up’/ I’m screamin ‘who shot ya?’”
Able to allude to the top two talents: Pac and Big, and work a rhyme with some of their best tracks. Who is number three?
“Me, I’m from the apple/ which means im a mac(k)/ shes a PC/ so she lives in my lap”
Allusions to the Mac vs PC ads, some of the most culturally relevant stuff of our time, infused with the double meaning of mack (pimpish character who gets many women) along with turning laptop into something sexual. Very nice.
The hook: “shorty get it in, daddy go hard, shorty get it in, daddy go hard, shorty get it in, daddy go hard, shorty get it in, venus vs mars,” is deserving of credit as well. The juxtaposition of the female and male voice in the hook is resemblant of the entire track where he moves from shorty-this to shorty-that while fixing himself “in between,” all puns live on that one, “shorty get it in” and “daddy go hard” are as much sexual references as they are simple sayings. If women are from venus, and men are from mars, then this track is fire.
Don’t look over what is perhaps the best line on the track: “shorty like pepsi/ me: I’m the coke man/body like a coke bottle/ I crush it like a coke can.” Again, separating men from women with cultural icons like coke and pepsi is brilliant, but then alluding, once again, to his ever-present theme of cocaine is Coca-Cola Classic. The shape of the coke bottle resembling the woman’s body: completely original, and using “crush” as a pun for sex is just beyond me.
While I don’t think this song is as much about Beyonce as it is a universal track for men and women, it is possible that the girl has a ‘sidekick,’ and could have influenced some of the lyrics on this song. But it is definitely not her on the hook.
It is my expectation that Jay won’t push past the timelessness of the first two installments of Blueprint but create something that is timely, well thought out, and lyrically superior to most any artist in the game.