JAY-Z’s comments about regretting “Big Pimpin'” in 2010 have gone viral.
Considering the fact that JAY-Z almost never does press, it isn’t so surprising that some of his words are being misconstrued from decade-old interviews. People are clearly hungry for more JAY-Z content after his standout appearance on DJ Khaled’s new album. Don’t be fooled by his comments on “Big Pimpin” though.
Several media outlets, including The Source, fell for the viral post, reporting it as though the statements were new. At the time, Hov spoke with the Wall Street Journal about how profound most of his lyrics are before explaining that he regretted writing some of the bars in “Big Pimpin.” “That’s the exception. It was like… I can’t believe I said that,” he said in 2010. “And kept saying it? What type of animal would say this sort of thing. Reading it is really harsh.”
The smash-hit remains one of the biggest rap songs of all time. Since the interview was published, JAY-Z has performed the song more times than we can remember, so despite his regret, he’s seemingly still onboard with rapping it live for his fans worldwide.
Check out what people are saying about the old interview below.