Today I want to talk about JAY-Z’s newest Gem. But before that I got to give him props for going platinum with his 13th studio album “4:44” within 5 days of release. If you didn’t get a chance to listen to “4:44” yet, you should definitely wait until it is available on Spotify and iTunes because it is really worth listening to it. But today I don’t want to focus on JAY-Z’s entire album.
Today I want to take a closer look at one track especially and if you are a clever reader you might as well have already figured out which track I’m talking about. It’s “The Story of O.J.”. So without further ado let’s get to it.
The first thing you notice is the sound. Some say it sounds like elevator music but if this really would be elevator music you would find me riding the elevator 24/7 because it’s just so nice and relaxing to listen to.
Once you go deeper and actually focus on the lyrics the hidden gem gets uncovered.
“Light nigga, dark nigga, faux nigga, real nigga
Rich nigga, poor nigga, house nigga, field nigga
Still nigga, still nigga”
But Maurizius what does that actually mean? I am just seeing the N-word a lot. Well, glad you are asking!
He critisizes that in a society/system of white supremacy you are at the end of the day still a “nigger”. No matter how unsuccessful or successful you might have become over the course of your life time. Point-blank.
“I bought every V12 engine
Wish I could take it back to the beginnin’
I coulda bought a place in Dumbo before it was Dumbo
For like 2 million
That same building today is worth 25 million
Guess how I’m feelin’? Dumbo”
“You wanna know what’s more important than throwin’ away money at a strip club? Credit”
“Financial freedom my only hope
Fuck livin’ rich and dyin’ broke
I bought some artwork for 1 million
2 years later, that shit worth 2 million
Few years later, that shit worth 8 million”
Financial freedom is what we’re all after. We don’t really want the life of the rich but just the freedom they have. If you have read my latest book recommendation post, you’ll see that Tony Robbin’s “Unshakable” will give you the perfect guide to achieve exactly that. What JAY-Z is telling us is that instead of buying unnecessary stuff just to flaunt (on social media) you should start investing your money wisely. Invest in assets that will yield long term results like artwork, real estate, bonds etc. By doing that you make sure that you not only live rich but die rich as well. Like he said “Fuck livin’ rich and dyin’ broke”.
“I told him, “Please don’t die over the neighborhood
That your mama rentin’
Take your drug money and buy the neighborhood
That’s how you rinse it””
Last thing I want to focus on is that you should invest in your community. Why is that? Well, to provide jobs, security, and economic empowerment for the one’s you care about.
Now some might say this is all common sense but really who are you kidding? As with anything in life one doesn’t know anything unless he educates himself on those topics. And then there is still a huge difference between knowing something and actually turning it into reality.
Hope I could really lay out the greatness of this song for you and that you will implement some of this for your future well being.
Oh and of course you can give it a listen right now down below. Did I mention that the visuals are really impressing too?