Over 10 years have passed since Jay-Z recorded and released “Big Pimpin’”, the 1999 single that solidified Jay-Z’s superstar status. Jay was knocking on thirty’s door when he put the song together, but at the age of forty, Jay has a different opinion of the song now.
Jay-Z spoke with the Wall Street Journal about his upcoming book Decoded which is part memoir, part analysis of his lyrics. In the interview, he expressed a little shock towards the lyrics of “Big Pimpin’.”
WSJ: You’re famous for not writing your lyrics down as you compose them. What changes about them when you see them on the page like this?
Jay-Z: 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.