Vol 1... The Life and Facts of S. Carter

When you throw on an Episode of Just a Kickback the first thing you hear is, “you’re now tuned into the mafuckin greatest!” Anyone and everyone who hears this, unless you are roommates with Patrick Star, knows that this is Jay Hova. We know the bars, we know the impact, and we know the Roc is in the building. But there’s a lot that
we don’t know about Jay. So here are some crazy facts about Hova sponsored by Just Blaze and the good folks at Just a Kickback. 

  1. The Blueprint was released on 9/11/2001 

What was one of the most tragic days in American history also was the most tragic day for punk ass MCs everywhere. But, not for Jay-Z, this day had no effect on the album , as half a million copies sold in the first week. I’d like to think that with Jay being the Heart of a City, especially under such turmoil, he was able to uplift New York with this masterpiece.

  1. Shot his older brothers the age of 12 for stealing his jewelry 

This is fucking crazy, but it does gives us some insane perspective into the early life and times of Shawn Carter. Bed-Stuy, where Jay grew up, was a neighborhood in Brooklyn notorious for not only the B.I.G but also for crack, guns and violence. His older brother was high off crack when he stole Shawn’s ring. He spits, "saw the devil in your eyes, high off more than weed, confused, I just closed my young eyes and squeezed". He was terrified, and once said in an interview, “it was like some rogue angel watching over us” when his brother survived. So remember kids, put away the tech and don’t shoot your brother. 

  1. In order to get the sample for a Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem), Jay -Z lied to the composers of Broadway play, Annie 

This one's best from the man himself. “We might not all have literally been orphans, but a whole generation of us had basically raised ourselves in the streets. So I decided to write the company a letter myself. I made up this story about how when I was a seventh-grader in Bed-Stuy, our teacher held an essay contest and the three best papers won the writers a trip to the city to see Annie. A lie. I wrote that as kids in Brooklyn we hardly ever came into the city. True. I wrote that from the moment the curtain came up I felt like I understood honey’s story. Of course, I’d never been to see Annie on Broadway. But I had seen the movie on TV. Anyway, they bought it, cleared it, and I had one of my biggest hits”. I can hear Jay- Z saying “this ain’t a movie dog! ... it’s a play”. What a way to clear a sample, there’s honestly nothing a handwritten letter can’t do, especially when it’s signed by the Roc. 

  1. Jay-Z pleads guilty to stabbing record producer and label owner, Lance Rivera at a party in 1999.

Don’t worry this one’s not as bad as it seems. Imagine being at Q-Tip’s, of A Tribe Called Quest, solo album debut party with Puff, Lil Kim, other major music people. Now imagine Jay running into the dude who’s been bootlegging his new album, Vol. 3 Life and Times of S. Carter. The good folks at Roc-a-fella records did not take kindly to that. Let’s just say shit hit the fan, Jay-Z stabbed this motherfucker and could have landed himself 15 years in prison for second degree assault. With amazing lawyers and a plea deal, he only received 3 months on probation. Let’s all take a moment of silence and thank Jesus for that one or else we wouldn’t have Yeezus.  

  1. Jay-Z did music with Linkin Park 

It’s fucking horrible. 

So before you call him Beyoncé’s husband, or laugh at the picture of him on that jet ski (which is fucking hilarious) remember all of the things that made the Roc of Gibraltar never falter. In the words of the savior J-Hova himself, “Hov’s a living legend and I’ll tell you why, cuz everyone wanna be Hov and Hov still alive”. Thanks for coming out tonight, you could anywhere in the world but you are here with me and I appreciate that.  



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