Jay-Z, an American rapper, songwriter, businessman, and record producer, widely regarded as one of the most influential hip-hop artists in history, and often cited as one of the greatest rappers of all time has released many hit songs over the years, from “Can I Get A…” to “Girls, Girls, Girls.” But he has recently revealed his regrets in one out of his many hit tracks, ‘Big Pimpin’.
In 1998, Jay-Z released his album Vol. 2 … Hard Knock Life. It was also around this period that he wrote and released the song “Big Pimpin’, which featured guest artists UGK’s Bun B and Pimp C. The song ended up on four separate Billboard charts and helped Jay-Z’s fourth album to go triple platinum. Big Pimpin’ not only became an anthem for the early 2000s, but it also became Jay-Z’s most popular song, a tune that he is still closely identified with to this day.
While Jay-Z has often been a subject of controversy among critics who take issue with his occasionally racy lyrics and provocative imagery, the artist himself has always risen above the fray, releasing songs that portray and personify his take on the urban experience. ‘Big Pimpin’ also features some of these pretty racy lyrics but still remains Jay-Z’s most iconic work.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, the rapper was asked how he feels about this his particular music, Jay Z was conflicted, as he talked about his unique writing process, which involves not writing his lyrics down while composing songs. He admitted that, while some of his lyrics are “really profound” when he sees them on paper.
He feels differently about ‘Big Pimpin’: “That’s the exception. It was like, I can’t believe I said that. And kept saying it. What kind of animal would say this sort of thing? Reading it is really harsh”.
In spite of the artist’s feelings about the hit song, there’s no doubt that it helped him become a superstar and cemented his status as one of the music industry’s biggest power players.
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