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Jay-Z On His PSA Verse (Video)

blame it on Meka October 22, 2010

Jay said he personally chose each of the songs featured in “Decoded” for several reasons, and “PSA” made the tome because of its unique origin. Bars from the second verse of the Just Blaze-helmed track were penned after a journalist interpreted the symbolism she picked out in one of Jay’s outfits. However, Hov thought the scribe’s analysis of his look was a bit of a reach.

“The second verse of ‘PSA’ may not have that many hidden jewels in [it], but the story behind why I wrote the second verse is pretty interesting. It’s sort of that look on rap, how this writer had written this article about me wearing this Che Guevara shirt [with a] Jesus piece, and she was like, ‘The Jesus piece is hitting his hand,’ and I was like, ‘You’re going a little too far. It’s a T-shirt and a chain. It’s not literally hitting his forehead,’ ” he recalled. “That inspired the entire verse. ‘I’m like Che Guevara with bling on, I’m complex.’ It’s the whole entire story of how and why I came to write that second verse on ‘PSA.’ “

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  • See people always say Hov is overrated. smh They need this book

  • D-Mack

    Jay is speaking nonsense right there

  • Trip

    Jay isn’t complex. Just ignorant. He didn’t know what Che stood for until the journalist pointed it out to him. Nice try Sean Carter

  • bucknasty

    Rangers > Jay-Z

  • Lets see if people gonna say the same stuff when hes gone

  • james

    The book seems incredibly self-indulgent bullshit with an outcome of a good story or two.

  • thekingsmen

    That’s got to be one of the dumbest explanations for writing a song.

  • mmkayy

    ive seen pages of the book i dunno if i can read all the way thru looks boring lol

  • e_money

    this book will be a giant waste of time if he doesnt talk about You Must Love Me

  • TheY sAY wE N.I.G.G.E.R

    Jay is overrated.just my opinion.

  • The Rent is Too Damn High Party


  • Jav

    You guys are retarded..he says that’s how that line came about..SMH..he’s only explaining lines that have the fan backing behind it..he’s not writing it for white suburban folks to read at a coffee shop. You guys swear there has to be some sort of drug/gangster thing related with every song or else its not worthy..most of you just regular fag’s who work at a department store n still live with mommy and come on here to complain about rappers worth half a billion dollars more than you. smh.

  • The Rent is Too Damn High Party

    ^SHM. ur rant didnt really even make sense. oh well.

  • Dam Wilder

    Jay-Z is the G.O.A.T

  • BlockBurneR

    fuck u devil worshiper

  • yea, You Must Love Me has to be included. This explanation for PSA really wasn’t worth my time though lol

  • kushx216

    lmao, he sounded like Christopher Walken.

  • risen357

    who cares

  • Yung TPS

    alright…Jay-Z needs to shut the fuck up after this shit.

  • Adi Pre

    Damn, dude can’t even put out a book without getting hate. Let’s see what people say when he’s gone.

  • FlyMoney_Cali

    Jay is overrated <<<<<< JUST REAL TALK

  • FlyMoney_Cali


  • Idris

    Anyone that thinks Jay-Z is ignorant clearly hasn’t been paying attention to him, his career or anything over the last 15 years of Hip-Hop. The guy reads books like scholars do, and has been studying with the Nuwabies and Nubians since ’87. The dynamics of his life speak for themselves.

    Respect or be made to look in the mirror. Fools are hard to find when running from your reflection.

  • The song PSA is nice, and the lyrics were dope when you listen to it. However, I get the feeling sometimes he tries to over explain himself and believes he is over people’s heads more than he really is.

    If anything “Allure” should have been the song he broke down line for line… PSA was just fly guy talk. I don’t think Jay ever really steered away from that anyways.. He’s always been Big Willie talk. Overall, PSA is a dope song, but I’m not too convinced around the “being complex” with a chain and che shirt on line.


  • BlaQ MatiQ

    Yo Jay-Z Really Sounds Like Christopher Walken in all his Recent Interviews I Hear of Him. Funny Shit Yo.