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When Jay Z released the heartfelt track “Song Cry” as the fourth single off of his classic The Blueprint album exactly fifteen years ago today, it was a defining moment for Hov’s illustrious career. Centered around a soulful Bobby Glenn sample, the Just Blaze produced single features an introspective Hov and a rare glimpse into the rap mogul’s more defensive and vulnerable state in regard to his personal relationship with a woman that he once cared deeply for. According to an interview with Bill Maher, Jay said that each verse was dedicated to a different woman.
“Yeah, but what happened was, I took three different relationships and made it one person.” – Jay Z (in an interview on Real Time with Bill Maher)
While Jay did have deep, thought-provoking records at the time with “Soon You’ll Understand” and “This Can’t Be Life” from The Dynasty: Roc La Familia album as well as “You Must Love Me” from his second studio album In My Lifetime, Vol. 1, the three verses he delivered on Song Cry instantly took his stature from a good artist to great M.C. and cemented his place on the G.O.A.T. / top ten of all time discussion.
“We used to use umbrellas to face the bad weather
So now we travel first class to change the forecast.”
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