If there isn’t an emcee thats a master of sneak dissing or dishing subliminal, JayZ has to be on the top of the list IMO. Jay has clearly studied Biggie’s playbook and mastered the art of the subliminal with perfection. Whatever you call it cowardly, you call it clever, or sneaky. Either way it has people always talking and wondering which is what JayZ wanted to accomplish.
Just like I did with Biggie, I’m gonna break down and dissect the hidden jabs Jay been delivering in verses throughout his career. And Trust me, You’re gonna be surprised by many of the discoveries. Shout-out to Rap Genius for the assist!
Things just ain’t the same for gangsters
But I’m a little too famous to shoot these pranksters
All of these rap singers claiming they bangers
Doin all sorts of twisted shit with they fingers
Disrespecting the game, no home training or manners
I was doin this shit when you was shittin Pampers
(This was aimed directed at Ja Rule and Murder Inc. Jay is referenced to Ashanti’s Baby Baby Remix where they featured Death Row and Murder Inc affiliates throwing gang signs left and right throughout the video. He was also checking Ja rule by letting him know that he’s being big-headed and he was doing this while he was DMX’s hypeman and begging for a come-up)
You can’t disrespect us cause you got a little check cut
You was sucking for so long, fucking your little neck up
Now you too big for your britches, you got a few little bitches
You think you Hugh Hefner, you just ridiculous
I blew breath for you midgets, I gave life to the game
It’s only right I got the right to be king
Niggaz that got life really like what I sing
Cause they know is he really like, niggaz feel my pain
Know the shit I DON’T write be the illest shit that’s ever been recited
in the game word to the hyphen in my NAME!
J, A, Y, DASH, Hoffa
The past present nigga the future, proper
The holy trinity of hip-hop is us
We give, Dre his props BUT that’s where it stops
It’s the Roc
(JayZ felt Ja Rule was getting out-of-pocket. During this time his ego was getting out of whack. He threatened to fuck his little neck up by referring to his height. The Hugh Hefner reference was about Ja Rule hosting a DVD for Playboy and also referencing to DMX’s statement about him thinking he’s big-headed because he got big money and bad bitches. The Blew Breath in you Midgets was also a reference to breathing breath in Ja Rule’s career by letting him appear on his hit video Can I Get A…Feel My Pain is a reference to Ja Rule’s remake of Tupac’s So Much Pain.
DEAD OR ALIVE
“Hawaiian Sophie damn You been on my dick that long?
( The Intro on Pac’s Makaveli album referred to JayZ being on Hawaii Sophie fame with Jaz-O and became to be a target of Pac. The reason Pac probably went after Jay was because of the scene in JayZ’s Dead Presidents video where Biggie rolled some dice and it landed on California. Biggie said the words “Who Shot Ya which was a record Pac thought was about him. Jay became a target by affiliation.)”
A shot back at Jayo Felony who went on a war path against JayZ, Def Jam, Snoop Dogg and many others on his Crip Hop album. Jayo felt Jay pulled some strings to get his Crip Hop video pulled because he spoke against Jay for what he felt were disrespectful lines to the West Coast on Change the Game
CHANGE THE GAME
I wear more bling to The Source and Soul Train’s
More chains than rings, niggaz won’t do a thing
I bangs the four-four in plain, daylight I’m deranged
Spray right at your brain; by the way this is Hov’
One shot Dillinger, one shot killin ya
(This was a taunt directed to Suge Knight and Death Row Records. Death Row members were always apart of fights in Award shows most notably the Fight at the Source Awards in 2000. The shots at Tha Row would be for the fact that Suge for years would say disparaging remarks about JayZ along with many others of his peers whom he had west coast partnerships with.
This could have also a slick shot at the West Coast and at both Daz Dillinger(Whom was on Death Row at the time) and Jayo Felony who eventually took offense because he uses the Moniker One Shot Kill in alot of his rhymes. Ironically Daz would appear on the Remix).
Volume 3 still sold more records than Will Smith
Can’t call this a comeback, I run rap, the fuck is y’all sayin?
Five million I done that, and I come back, to do it again (uh-huh)
Ex-sinner, Grammy award winner
Balling repeatedly, highlights on Sports-center
Please repeat after me – there’s only one rule
I WILL NOT, LOSE!
(Will Smith’s criticism of hip hop and gangsta rapper angered some. Mainly Eminem and Dr Dre. Will won a MTV award for best rap video in 1999 and bragged about how he never had to shoot, cuss or disrespect women on his records to get to where he is. Jay laid down the stats of him being a Grammy Award Winner and being on Sports-center of examples of why he’s not only on a bigger plane than Will but also the better rapper.)
All I see is these niggas I made millionaires
Milling about, spilling they feelings in the air
(He’s responding to Beanie Sigels disses here, Claiming that he made him who he was and talking about how Sigel is emotional by constantly airing out feelings over the airwaves. He used Sigel’s song Feeling in the Air as a reference jab against him)
Part II coming up this week!