JAY-Z HASN’T DISCUSSED ‘BIG PIMPIN’ LYRICS IN OVER A DECADE, PEOPLE

JAY-Z Hasn’t Discussed ‘Big Pimpin’ Lyrics In Over A Decade, People

JAY-Z rarely talks to the press but granted a rare video interview to the The Sunday Times last week. During the conversation, the billionaire Hip Hop mogul opened up about fame, life during the pandemic and his various business endeavors. But for some reason, an 11-year-old interview he did with The Wall Street Journal was simultaneously dredged up on social media in which he talked about the lack of “profound lyrics” in some of his older work, specifically “Big Pimpin’.”

JAY-Z released the song in 2000 as the third single from his fourth studio album, Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter. Featuring UGK’s Bun B and Pimp C, the track peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Rhythmic Top 40 chart, helping propel the album to triple-platinum status. But with lyrics such as, “It’s big pimpin’ baby/It’s big pimpin’, spendin’ G’s/Feel me uh-huh uh, uh-huh,” Hov wasn’t exactly impressed with his pen game on that particular track.

“That’s the exception,” he said in the 2010 interview. “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.”

But as several publications presented JAY-Z’s “Big Pimpin’” comments as something new, there were plenty of people who were quick to point out just how old it was.

“This is being reported as new when it’s actually from a 2010 Wall Street Journal interview where JAY-Z talked about his book Decoded and his songwriting,” a tweet from the JAY-Z Daily account read. “No where did he say he regrets making ‘Big Pimpin’ He has performed the song countless times since then.”

 

JAY-Z didn’t even speak on the song in 2018 when he was sued over copyright infringement for allegedly biting an Egyptian composer’s song for “Big Pimpin’.” According to Reuters, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, California ruled 3-0 the nephew of the late composer Baligh Hamdy didn’t have legal standing to pursue copyright claims over his uncle’s 1957 song “Khosara Khosara.”

Although JAY-Z walked away victorious, he had nothing to say on the matter.

Despite JAY-Z’s previous sentiments about the song, it’s still one of his biggest hits. Since “Big Pimpin’” and Vol. 3…Life and Times of S. Carter, he’s gone on to release nine more studio albums, including 2001’s The Blueprint, 2003’s The Black Album and 2013’s Magna Carta Holy Grail. His latest, 4:44, arrived in 2017 and featured songs such as “The Story Of O.J.” and “Bam” with special guest Damian Marley.

In the aforementioned interview with The Times, JAY-Z talked about his legacy and revealed he wants to be remembered like Damian’s father, the great reggae legend Bob Marley.

“I’m not beyond ego, right?” he said. “Hopefully they speak of me [with] the names of Bob Marley and all the greats. But that’s not for me to say. I’m most proud of overcoming my circumstances and providing opportunity for people who look like me and who came from the same situation that I’ve come from.”

Read the full interview here and read the “Big Pimpin” lyrics via Genius below.

 

[Produced by Timbaland]

[Intro: JAY-Z]
Uh, uh uh uh
It’s big pimpin’ baby (That’s right)
It’s big pimpin’, spendin’ Gs
Feel me uh-huh uhh, uh-huh
Ge-ge-geyeah, geyeah
Ge-ge-geyeah, geyeah

[Verse 1: JAY-Z]
You know I thug ’em, fuck ’em, love ’em, leave ’em
‘Cause I don’t fuckin’ need ’em

Take ’em out the hood, keep ’em lookin’ good
But I don’t fuckin’ feed ’em

First time they fuss I’m breezin’
Talkin’ about, “What’s the reasons?”
I’m a pimp in every sense of the word
Bitch, better trust and believe ’em

In the cut where I keep ’em
‘Til I need a nut, ’til I need to beat the guts

Then it’s “beep beep” and I’m pickin’ them up
Let ’em play with the dick in the truck

Many chicks wanna put Jigga’s fists in cuffs
Divorce him and split his bucks
Just because you got good head
I’ma break bread, so you can be livin’ it up?

Shit, I part with nothin’, y’all be frontin’
Me give my heart to a woman?
Not for nothin’, never happen; I’ll be forever mackin’
Heart cold as assassins, I got no passion
I got no patience and I hate waitin’
Ho, get your ass in and let’s ride!

Check em out now, ride!
Ride!
Check em out now, ride!

[Chorus: JAY-Z]
We doin’ big pimpin’, we spendin’ cheese
Check ’em out now, big pimpin’ on B-L-A-D’s
We doin’ big pimpin’ up in NYC
It’s just that Jigga Man, Pimp C, and B-U-N B
We doin’ big pimpin’, we spendin’ cheese
Check ’em out now, big pimpin’ on B-L-A-D’s
We doin’ big pimpin’ up in NYC
It’s just that Jigga Man, Pimp C, and B-U-N B

[Verse 2: Bun B]
Nigga, it’s the big Southern rap impresario
Comin’ straight up out the black barrio
Makes a mill’ up off a sorry ho
Then sit back and peep my sce-nahr-i-o
Oops, my bad, that’s “my scenario”
No, I can’t fuck a scary ho
Now every time, every place, everywhere we go
Hoes start pointin’, they say: “There he go!”
Now these motherfuckers know we carry mo’
Heat than a little bit
We don’t pull it out over little shit
And if you catch a lick when I spit
Then it won’t be a little hit
Go read a book, you illiterate son of a bitch!
And step up your vocab!
Don’t be surprised if your ho stab out with me
And you see us comin’ down on yo’ SLAB

Livin’ ghetto-fabulous, so mad, you just can’t take it
But nigga if you hatin’ I
Then you wait while I get your bitch butt-naked
Just break it; you gotta pay like you weigh
Wet with two pairs of clothes on

Now get yo’ ass to the back as I’m flyin’ to the track
Timbaland, let me spit my prose on
Pump it up in the pro-zone
That’s the track that we breakin’ these hoes on
Ain’t the track that we flows on

But when shit get hot then the Glock start poppin’ like ozone
We keep hoes crunk like Trigger-man
For real, it don’t get no bigger, man
Don’t trip, let’s flip, gettin’ throwed on the flip
Gettin’ blowed with the motherfuckin’ Jigga Man, fool!

[Chorus 2: Bun B]
We be big pimpin’, spendin’ cheese
We be big pimpin’ on B-L-A-D’s
We be big pimpin’ down in P.A.T
It’s just that Jigga Man, Pimp C, and B-U-N B
We be big pimpin’, spendin’ cheese
We be big pimpin’ on B-L-A-D’s
We be big pimpin’ in P.A.T
It’s just that Jigga Man, Pimp C, and B-U-N B

[Verse 3: Pimp C]
Smokin’ out, pourin’ up
Keepin’ lean up in my cup
All my car got leather and wood
In my hood we call it “buck”

Everybody wanna ball
Holla at broads at the mall

If he up, watch him fall
Nigga, I can’t fuck with y’all
If I wasn’t rappin’, baby
I would still be ridin’ Mercedes
Comin’ down and sippin’ daily
No record ’til whitey pay me

Uhh, now what y’all know about them Texas boys?
Comin’ down in candied toys
Smokin’ weed and talkin’ noise

[Chorus 2: Bun B]
We be big pimpin’, spendin’ cheese
We be big pimpin’ on B-L-A-D’s
We be big pimpin’ down in P.A.T
It’s just that Jigga Man, Pimp C, and B-U-N B
We be big pimpin’, spendin’ cheese
We be big pimpin’ on B-L-A-D’s
We be big pimpin’ down in P.A.T
It’s just that Jigga Man, Pimp C, and B-U-N B
We be big pimpin’, spendin’ cheese
We be big pimpin’ on B-L-A-D’s
We be big pimpin’ in P.A.T
It’s just that Jigga Man, Pimp C, and B-U-N B

[Verse 4: JAY-Z]
On the canopy, my stamina be
Enough for Pamela Anderson Lee

MTV jam of the week
Made my money quick, then back to the streets
But still sittin’ on blades, sippin’ that Ray
Standin’ on the corner of my block, hustlin’
Still gettin’ that ‘caine

Half what I paid slippin’ right through customs
It’ll sell by night, its egg shell white
I got so many grams, if the man find out
It will land me in jail for life

But I’m still big pimpin’, spendin’ cheese
With Bun B, Pimp C, and Timothy
We got bitches in the back of the truck
Laughin’ it up, Jigga Man: that’s what’s up!

[Chorus 2: Bun B]
We be big pimpin’, spendin’ cheese
We be big pimpin’ on B-L-A-D’s
We be big pimpin’ down in P.A.T
It’s just that Jigga Man, Pimp C, and B-U-N B
We be big pimpin’, spendin’ cheese
We be big pimpin’ on B-L-A-D’s
We be big pimpin’ in P.A.T
It’s just that Jigga Man, Pimp C, and B-U-N B

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