“The idea that this is merely a response to ‘Lemonade’ really diminishes the power of it,” said Gerrick Kennedy, a music writer for the Los Angeles Times. “This is an album for black men and women first and foremost.”
The song gaining major attention, “The Story of O.J.,” uses small snippet’s from Nina Simone’s “Four Women” as well as Hov repeating “Light n—-, dark n—-, faux n—-, real n—- … Still n—-.”
He also uses a famous line from O.J. Simpson in the television miniseries “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” where the NFL baller states from behind bars, “I’m not black. I’m O.J.”
The accompanying animated music video from Tidal shows that Jay-Z is tired of holding his tongue. The main character is called “Jaybo,” which is a play off Sambo from 19th Century children’s books.
In the song he speaks about financial freedom, racial injustice and the mindset that many African American’s have, verses the thought process of the Jewish culture.
Words can’t express how happy people are that Hov debuted this amazing album, we are all just glad that he is putting his thoughts of truth into an album that we can all grow to appreciate in a major way for many decades to come.
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