Me give my heart to a woman?
Not for nothin’, never happen
I’ll be forever mackin’.
– Jay Z, “Big Pimpin'”
In terms of rappers abandoning roots established in their old-school songs, usually having to do with hard violence, Jay Z is hardly the most egregious example. But he PROMISED us that he would be forever mackin’ in 2000 with the song “Big Pimpin'”.
And then he turned around and married Beyoncé in 2008, as if he completely forgot that he specifically told the world that his “heart cold as assassins, I got no passion.” If Jay was really a pimp in every sense of the word, would he have really gotten married and become a family man? Wearing matching clothes and going on bike rides with his wife? Treating her with respect? Jay Z is just a fraud like every other gangster rapper!
Even worse, Beyoncé likely made him apologize for the song, which he essentially did in a Wall Street Journal interview where he said, “Some [lyrics] become really profound when you see them in writing. Not ‘Big Pimpin.’ That’s the exception. 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.” Say it ain’t so, Hov!
What kind of world are we living in where Jay Z, a self-proclaimed pimp dedicated to mackin’ for all of eternity, ends up tamed by a woman, the very thing he fought against for so long?
Is no one’s word sacred, anymore? What happened to promises, Jay Z? What happened to keeping your word, your dedication to defending the pimp game? Who will be left to save it?