Jay-Z’s Lost One Decoded (Excerpt)

blame it on Shake October 17, 2011

With the re-release of Jay-Z’s Decoded in paperback form approaching (November 1st to be exact), NY Mag got an exclusive excerpt which includes the breakdown for Kingdom Come‘s standout Lost One.

Your girlfriend’s pregnant, the Lord’s gift / Almost lost my faith, that restored it/

Just when you’re on the verge of giving up hope and losing faith, the universe reveals unexpected consolations. My nephew’s girlfriend was just a couple months pregnant when he died, which none of us knew, maybe not even him. But the son she gave birth to looked just like his father, like Colleek reborn. The last verse is the most powerful example of the paradox of the song’s chorus, that even the greatest loss holds the possibility of redemption.

For the full write up head over to Vulture and check it out.