10 JAY-Z Lyrics That Taught Us How To Achieve Billionaire Status

By now the world knows that JAY-Z, a man considered hip hop’s true GOAT, is a billionaire. According to Forbes, 2019 saw him keep close to $300 million in real estate, cash, and various holdings. Add companies like TIDAL, D’Ussé and Roc Nation, plus his own music catalog, and you have a man who is able to maintain permanent wealth in his bloodline. One can only imagine how much those numbers have grown since then.

During a sit-down in 2010 for CNN Business to promote his book Decoded, JAY-Z gave advice on becoming a tycoon in America. Besides what he learned during his tenure on the streets, Hov revealed that many of his decisions are based on what he’s loved all his life:

“Do things that are true to you. Most of the things I’m involved in are an extension of my creativity. Roc-A-Wear is a clothing company, part of who you are in hip hop is your attitude and what you try to express, how you dress. I loved sports growing up, I grew up in a family where sports were open 24/7. these [are] all the things that are comfortable for me.

The truth is, JAY-Z has been providing gems when it comes to making money and becoming financially strong since the preliminary stages of his eventual rise to power. Below is a compilation of classic lines delivered by the Brooklyn-born icon that gives listeners insight into how he joined the ranks of Tyler Perry, Michael Jordan and Oprah Winfrey. As the man himself best describes:

I’m not a businessman I’m a business man…”

1. “Can I live” – Reasonable doubt1996

“It’s true, the streets teach us to spend our money insanely, to bond with jewelers and watch out for intruders, I’ve taken it to another level, meditated like a Buddhist, recruited lieutenants with dreams ridiculous to get cream, let’s do this…”

Years ago, JAY-Z told “The Breakfast Club” that Reasonable doubt was his biggest album because “it’s the joint [he] taken [his] whole life to do. It was also the album that contained evocative stories about JAY-Z’s life before rap success, a mix of vivid Marcy Projects stories and cinematic tales straight out of the mob era. On the remarkable “Can I Live” produced by Irv Gotti, Hov delivers a slew of lines near the end of the song that seem to emphasize two different messages:

  • The importance of understanding the stereotypes that our communities and people face when it comes to money management, and
  • Make sure you build a strong team that shares your goals and aspirations.

2. “Rap game/crack game” – In My Life, Vol. 11997

“When it’s hot, step on my silver spot in every state, like the Wiz in Camelot, mom and pop is the door, but first we lookin’ for shit, advertise all the way , let the devils know, hey, we got some dope shit, gon’ need a middle man, so we turn to the radio…”

Like some of its equally legendary peers, this In My Life, vol. 1 standout saw JAY-Z use the lessons he learned while making money on the streets to maximize his chances of success in the music industry. Continuing further into the effort produced by Stevie J and Buckwild, JAY even rapped about some of his toughest moments amid his journey to the finish line, especially regarding his clashes with some deal. distribution during the Reasonable doubt time:

“I went from an eighth to a quarter to a half key, Priority work wasn’t good so I changed the factory, now I’m the new nigga, who thought I’d lock the game , now watch how your cocaine drop prices…”

3. “You don’t know” – The plan2001

“…if someone had told them that Hov would be selling clothes, not in this life, it wasn’t in my right mind, that’s another difference between me and them, I enlighten myself, I opens the market…”

The plan Outstanding “U Don’t Know” sees JAY-Z open up about his success in drug and rap games. What makes the above lines so poignant is the fact that he decided to create his own brand instead of patronizing others – a decision that many entrepreneurs have implemented after realizing that ‘they could create their own product to generate endless revenue. In this case, Roc-A-Wear was making $700 million in annual sales at its peak, which led to a takeover of Iconix for over $200 million in cold hard cash. Simply put, the benefits of starting your own clothing brand are basically explained on the effort supported by Just Blaze immediately after:

“1 million, 2 million, 3 million, 4, in 18 months, 80 million more, now add that number up with the one I said before, you’re now looking at a smart black boy…”

4. “Show you how” – The Blueprint²: the gift and the curse2002

“Pay your taxes, y’all niggas hustling upside down…”

“Show You How” is another Just Blaze classic that sees Hov in full professor mode, advising listeners on weak raps, choosing vehicles and (for the ladies) making the most of questionable relationships. What might be the most important line of the entire track is JAY-Z’s stern instruction regarding the IRS — a lesson that peers like Fat Joe, Lauryn Hill and the late Biz Markie learned the hard way.

5. “Moment of clarity” – The black album2003

“…I can’t help the poor if I’m one of them, so I got rich and gave back, for me it’s a win-win…”

It’s crazy how, at the time, we all thought that would be the last time we would receive a JAY-Z album. As such, it was no surprise to hear just how much thought and knowledge went into the 14-song effort, which – as Reasonable doubt and The plan – is widely regarded as one of the greatest bodies of work in JAY-Z’s catalog.

On the Eminem-produced “Moment of Clarity,” JAY-Z can be heard reflecting on all the decisions he made to reach this point in his career. As can be seen in the lyrics above, he also revealed that achieving financial freedom wasn’t just for his own enjoyment – to this day, he makes sure to pass on his blessings to the less fortunate in various ways, providing scholarships for children through the Shawn Carter Foundation to bail out protesters at the height of the Black Lives Matter movement. All in all, raising your own is just as important as getting rich.

6. “30 something” – kingdom come2006

“I don’t buy the bar, I bought the nightclub, I have the right stock, I have stockbrokers moving like white tops…”

As most of us know, JAY-Z’s comeback album was filled with themes of maturing into someone who had separated from what had become popular among young artists at the time. A perfect example of this is the Dr. Dre-produced “30 Something,” which sees him rapping about everything he does differently than others – from toning down his brilliance to allowing his team to deal with issues that could otherwise get him in legal trouble. When it comes to financial advice, the bar above is one of the best tips – why spend all your money on someone else’s establishment when you can raise money by opening your own ?

7. “No hook” – american mobster2007

“Own boss, own your masters, your slaves, the mentality that I carry with me to this day, fucking rich, let’s get rich, who else is going to feed us?”

Inspired by Denzel Washington’s portrayal of drug dealer Frank Lucas, JAY-Z delivered one of his most impactful albums with american mobstera concept that (with the help of Diddy and The Hitmen) saw cinematic flashes of Mafia motifs reminiscent of Reasonable doubt. In the above line of the Diddy, Sean C and LV backed “No Hook”, JAY-Z once again stresses the importance of owning your own “product” – in this case, being in control of your catalog of music. Later in the song, he also lets the listener know that whatever goal you’re trying to achieve needs to put in the work:

“Hustle ‘caine, hustle the clothes or hustle the music, but hustle hard in any hustle you choose…”

8. “So ambitious” – Plan 32009

“The world doesn’t like us, isn’t that clear? Ok, but I’m different, I can’t base what I’m gonna be on what everyone else isn’t, they don’t listen, whisper right behind my back, no vision, lack of ambition , so dumb! ”

If you really need some inspiration, look no further than “So Ambitious,” produced by Pharrell Williams, which immediately begins with JAY-Z recounting an unfortunate experience with a teacher. Despite what this educator said, he worked hard to improve his situation – even with the obstacles in front of him as a black man from the so-called ghetto. He reiterates this in the line above, making sure to let listeners know not to allow the outside world – be it the powers that be or others who find themselves in a similar situation – to stop your progress towards Success.

9. “Jo’s story” – 4:442017

“I could have bought a house in DUMBO before it was DUMBO for about 2 million dollars, this same building is worth 25 million dollars today, guess how I feel? Dumbo…”

Obviously, the biggest draw of JAY-Z’s latest solo effort was based on him being transparent about his infidelities as well as his intention to get better for his wife Beyoncé and their children. Other than that, songs like “The Story of OJ” are full of lines about how he continues to build his financial wealth — so much so that this song alone could have its own article. That said, bars like the one above show how much he regrets even the financial decisions made at this point in his life. As seen below, he also rapped about how his artistic investments alone solidified the safety nets of Blue Ivy, Rumi and Sir…

“I bought art for 1 million dollars, 2 years later this shit is worth 2 million dollars, a few years later this shit is worth 8 million dollars, I can’t wait to give this shit away to my children…”

10. “Entrepreneur” (with Pharrell Williams), 2020

“Only us, stop sitting around waiting for people to throw a bone at you, if you can’t buy the building, at least stock the shelf, then keep stacking until you stock up for yourself… »

A few years ago, Pharrell connected with his longtime collaborator for the single “Entrepreneur”, which – as the title suggests – sees the two giants talking to black men about overcoming racial adversities and social ills. to become successful businessmen. JAY-Z made sure to focus on that by also reminding the target audience that no handouts are coming and they need to be assertive to achieve all of the goals.

The accompanying visual for “Entrepreneur” (below) is also remarkable given that it spotlights a variety of men and women who have apparently followed much of the advice JAY-Z and his peers tell us. have given over the past few decades – advice that is sure to see many follow in the billionaire’s golden footsteps.

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