Jay-Z Regrets Offensive "Big Pimpin" Lyrics, So I Rewrote Them For Him

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Jay-Z performs live on the Main Stage during Day 3 of the Wireless Festival in Hyde Park on July 4, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Rappers are generally known for their soft, mild-mannered lyrics, am I right? What? I’m not? Well, apparently Jay-Z disagrees too.

The rapper was recently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal to discuss the upcoming release of his new book Decoded, which reflects on Jay-Z's life using his song lyrics as the framework. Jay-Z commented on his reactions to some of his, um, less delicate lyrics — in particular, “Big Pimpin,” one of the artist’s biggest and most well-known songs.

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.

In case you’re not familiar with the rap’s lyrics or just simply couldn’t understand what Jay-Z was saying, here is the first verse and chorus:

"Big Pimpin'"

You know I – thug em, f*ck em, love em, leave em
Cause I don’t f*ckin need em
Take em out the hood, keep em lookin good
But I don’t f*ckin feed em
First time they fuss I’m breezin
Talkin bout, “What’s the reasons?”
I’m a pimp in every sense of the word, b*tch
Better trust than believe em
In the cut where I keep em
til I need a nut, til I need to beat the guts
Then it’s, beep beep and I’m pickin em up
Let em play with the d*ck in the truck
Many chicks wanna put Jigga fist in cuffs
Divorce him and split his bucks
Just because you got good head, I’ma break bread
so you can be livin it up? Shit I..
parts with nothin, y’all be frontin
Me give my heart to a woman?
Not for nothin, never happen
I’ll be forever mackin
Heart cold as assassins, I got no passion
I got no patience
And I hate waitin..
Hoe get yo’ ass in

We doin' big pimpin, we spendin' cheese (Check 'em out now )
Big pimpin'
On B.L.A.P.'s
We doin' big pimpin' up in NYC
It's just that Jigga-man, Pimp-C and B.U.N.B.
Check em out now

Okay, so pretty harsh. With Jay and the rest of the world taken aback by his original lyrics -- and with me being a fantastic rapper -- I took the liberty to rewrite the above excerpt. Feel free to rap aloud to yourself while playing the background track.

“Big Pimpin’” “Blog Postin’”

You know I – write em, read em, share em, tweet em
And I’ll always be leavin’
Comments every day, Chatterin’ away
I know you’ve probably seen em
First time I wrote, I was nervous
Wonderin’ “Who wants to read what this girl says?”
But I’m a writer in every sense of the word, yes
So better start believin’
On my page, you can see em
When I write it up, after my computer’s shut,
Then it’s, click click and they’re pullin’ it up
On their home page — hope it doesn’t suck.
Ladies, go to the Conference so we can meet up
Take pictures and swag bag stuff
Hear a keynote speech and watch them teach
us how to be livin’ it up. Well, I …
write for readin’, write for teachin’
We write for every reason.
I’m not boastin’, only toastin’
To us: Forver postin’
As much passion in our heart as brains in our head
I have a voice
And I am speakin …
My life is well said

We doin’ blog postin’, we writing these (Blog it out now)
Blog postin’
On B-L-O-Gs
We doin’ blog postin’ ‘cross the whole country
It’s just my BlogHer homegirls postin’ with me
Blog it out now

Do you think Jay-Z’s comment foreshadows less demeaning rap lyrics in his future songs? Will other artists follow suit?

Most importantly, should I pursue a career as a rap artist?


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