Lyrical Exercise: Jay-Z, ‘Never Let Me Down’


The sole reason I’m able to make it to work three days a week at 830am before class is that I have Kanye West’s debut album (My personal fav album of all-time) “The College Dropout” in the whip. “The College Dropout” is the kind of album that has listeners picking a different favorite song upon every listen. Right now I’m in my “Never Let Me Down” mode and I can’t get enough of it.

Despite the fact that it’s only my fourth favorite part of the song (1. The Beat, 2. J. Ivy, 3. Kanye’s Emotion), Jay-Z’s closing verse on Kanye’s “Never Let Me Down” is today’s Lyrical Exercise. I love when Yeezy comes in and says “We ain’t finished!!” as Jay-Z begins the verse.

Best Part of the Lyrical Exercise: Jay-Z using “rock” and “pedal” for some gnarly double-entendres.

Today’s Lyrical Exercise starts at the 4:25 minute mark in the video below.

Who else you know been hot this long
Started from nothing but he got this strong
Built the ROC from a pebble, peddled rock before I met you
Peddled bikes, got my nephews pedal bikes because they special
Let you tell it man I’m falling
Well somebody must have caught him
Every fourth quarter, I like to Mike Jordan them
Number one albums what I got, like four of them
More of them on the way, the 8th wonder on the way
Clear the way, I’m here to stay
Y’all can save the chitter chat, this and that
This is Jay, dissing Jay will get you maced
When I start spitting them lyrics niggas get very religious
Six Hail Mary’s please Father forgive us
Young, the archbishop, the Pope John Paul of y’all niggas
They way y’all all follow Jigga
Hov’s a living legend and I’ll tell you why
Everybody wanna be Hov and Hov’s still alive

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