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Jay-Z Regrets Past Misogynistic Lyrics

 

As the release date of his new book Decoded approaches, Jay-Z had some interesting things to say about reflecting on his past lyrics and how he rapped about women.  Find out how his thinking has shifted inside...

 

 

While working on his new book, "Decoded" in which the lyrics to his songs are printed out and explained, Jay-Z admits he regrets his songs that didn't present women...or his opinion of them...in the best light. 

"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."

The lyrics to that track mainly talked about him having women sexually available to him at all times, something he has abandoned since marrying Beyonce in 2008.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Jay-Z said,

 

"We have to find our way back to true emotion. This is going to sound so sappy, but love is the only thing that stands the test of time.  The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was all about love. Andre 3000, The Love Below.  Even N.W.A, at its core -- that was about love for a neighborhood."

I see his point.

He also said he'd like to hear more about the real challenges facing people today, like the housing crisis and unemployment.  Remember the time before gangsta rap when Public Enemy was the CNN for black people? That's what Jay's talking about.  And he cites hip-hop's efforts to help Barack Obama elected as proof the community can help foster social change.

"Whether he does a great job or not is almost secondary to what it did for the dreams and the hopes of an entire race.  Just based on that alone, it's a success -- the biggest we've had. ... It's Martin Luther King's dream realized. Tangible. In the flesh. You can shake his hand."

Decoded, which was co-authored by writer-filmmaker Dream Hampton, will be released on November 16th.

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Just had a question: if it is true that in order for any male artist to sell over 1 million copies of his misogynistic album a vast majority of the buyers have to be women then why are women complaining when they can just use their buying power and make wiser purchases?
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This book is like Detox.

This book is like Detox. People have been waiting on it for a minute. The campaign Bing is running for it is dope, creative and gives an introspective of what's to come. Nice.
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At fools saying his music

At fools saying his music won't endure or isn't timeless. Check your favorite rapper. He's either using a Jay chorus, line, music or swag and still getting a shout out on most records if he's not on it himself. LMAO @ you new school rap fans.
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Jay's not changing any lyrics

Jay's not changing any lyrics and the only lyrics he's saying are extremely foul are Big Pimpin'. Other than that, he's good money on the lyrics and will continue to spit because the masses and music need him. These cats would be lost if Jay wasn't Jay.
Anonymous's picture

Who the f*ck wanna read what

Who the f*ck wanna read what JIGGA has to say about ANYTHING?!?!?
Anonymous's picture

YO MAMA!!! And everybody

YO MAMA!!! And everybody else. Book is already on back order so you not purchasing won't be missed.
Anonymous's picture

Women are the cause for the

Women are the cause for the misogyny in hip hop. Women don't champion the men who actually have respect for women in their music, it's the one that talk about women like shit that get all the love. Women need to realize the power they possess. Just like how sex doesn't happen if the woman doesn't open her legs, you can not buy albums of people who disrespect your sex. Stand for nothing, fall for anything.
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... My hope is built on

... My hope is built on nothing less than JESUS' blood and righteousness. l I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus' name... On CHRIST the solid rock I stand; all other ground is sinking sand... ALL other ground is sinking sand... GOD IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER!
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Jay is coming to accept the

Jay is coming to accept the fact that nobody is feeling him and his ego anymore. Also, since he will be campaigning for Obama he's trying to clean up his image. It's all politics and mind game. People are so gullible, they fall for everything that comes out of a celebrity's mouth. It's funny to see Jay z campaigning for Obama, seriously? Well, I am definitely ready to see Obama and his liberal collegues out of the White House. So, Obama, your time is over. I don't know if Ron Paul is running for presidency, that's the right man for America.
anon's picture

Really? In every money

Really? In every money circle and other hip hop sites and everywhere else that matters is feeling him and still look to him for inspiration. Reason why this book came out - it was hawked after for almost 5 years. You must've just woke up.
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Yeah, inspiration from only black people. When you go outside your world then you will now know who really has the power. Just bcos he was on a magazine with Warren Buffet or he's popular or bcos obama listens to him does not mean anything bcos he will always be the dude who never went to school. I think you need to wake up, KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. I mean, I can't even imagine how the conversation btw him and Warren will be like, someone who is not only knowledgeable(not in terms of age but intelligence) and humble will always stand out no matter what.
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JAY...are you calendar

JAY...are you calendar challenged...You just recorded this song- Kanye MONSTER. Jay's words: Murder murder in black convertibles I kill a block I murder avenues Rape and pillage a village, women and children Everybody wanna know what my achilles heel is LOVE I dont get enough of it
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The point of those lyrics is

The point of those lyrics is that he is a MONSTER and that only Monsters do those things. And the cure for people that act like monsters is Love. How is that different from what he is saying here?
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Believe me, he meant every word, when he said em. Just like everything he did "SUPAHEAD". Don't front now!!
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WHAT A CROCK OF SH*T! THIS IS ALL ABOUT HANGIN WITH OBAMA AND WANTING A SEAT AT THE TABLE WITH THE ELITE IN THE FOREIGN RELATIONS COUNCIL! SMDH!!! DON'T U GUYS SEE HE'S BEEN HANGIN WITH OBAMA, WEARING HIS SUITS AND PLAYIN THE ROLL OF THE POLITICIAN? DON'T FOOL YOURSELF! BUT OF ALL THINGS..TO APOLOGIZE FOR "BIG PIMPIN"? WHAT ABOUT SINGING A SONG CALLED "LUCIFER" WTF IS THAT?! ALL HE'S DOIN IS TRYING TO CLEAN UP HIS PAST - YEAH, GOOD LUCK WITH THAT! THIS IS SOME FAKE A** SH*T - AND U GUYS ARE SUCKIN ALL UP! STAY TUNED..YOU'LL SEE EXACTLY WHAT I'M TALKIN ABOUT!! JUST REMEMBER - THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE "ROOT" OF ALL EVIL! EDUCATE YOURSELF AND READ ABOUT THE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS!!!!!!
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exactly! Guess he isn't

exactly! Guess he isn't sorry about all those "worship Lucifer" lyrics.
Annette's picture

Love Jay

Love Jay
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And will he later regret his

And will he later regret his GOD-COMPLEX lyrics too?
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I'm glad to see him maturing

I'm glad to see him maturing and evolving...but I was hoping he was regreting the song "Lucifer son of the morning". I'm sure someone can explain to me the lyrics. I quess the title just put me off. Anywhoooo, I'm glad to see this man married, prosperous, and proactive!
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He had way worse lyrics than

He had way worse lyrics than "Big Pimpin." I despised his music after his first album because, by his own admission, "I dumbed down for audience and doubled my dollar." I was not a fan of his at all.
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Then don't listen to it you

Then don't listen to it you dimwit!!! What kind of stupid a$$ listens and comments to things he dosen't like? I don't listen to Jim Jones or soulja f@g and comment on it. SMH
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"This the number one rule for

"This the number one rule for your set In order to survive, gotta learn to live wtih regrets If through our travels we get seperated, never forget In order to survive, gotta learn to live with regrets" by Jay-z "Regrtes"
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Jay has really grown on

Jay has really grown on me...do ur thank BIO!!!!!
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I love Jay myself, but

I love Jay myself, but doesn't he still perform Big Pimpin to this day?
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Jay tryin to sell books,he

Jay tryin to sell books,he could give a rat ass about women,children, and their communities.He knew what he was saying and really feels that way about women calling them *itches and *oes.This thug will alway be a thug to me and I don't give a damn about how much money he have,where he going he damn sure can't take the money with him.
Anonymous's picture

I wager you 10:1 he's trying

I wager you 10:1 he's trying to snow the people cause he knows the biggest LEGAL CROOKS are politicians.........HE WANTS NEXT. SAY NO TO THUGS POLITICIANS!
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Bet if he threw 30K your way

Bet if he threw 30K your way you would snatch it up with the quickness, though.
Anonymous's picture

anonymous 9:47am ; I don't

anonymous 9:47am ; I don't know who you was talking to ,but I do know it wasn't me ,because i'm just coming on . I really really don't care for J.Z but if he threw 30K my way hell ya i'll snatch it up , and ask him do he have any more.
Anonymous's picture

30k??? You sure think

30k??? You sure think small...
Anonymous's picture

Only change is constant...WE

Only change is constant...WE LOVE U JAY!!!
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He is a legend, Dont change

He is a legend, Dont change the lyrics Jay, please
JAy fan's picture

It's called wisdom coming

It's called wisdom coming from age, maturity, and experience... Love this man and his fab wife!!! They make a great couple!!!!!!!
Natashia's picture

Well said !

Well said !
Anonymous's picture

Okay here goes. I am glad he

Okay here goes. I am glad he made Bg Pimping and all those mysoganist songs, they are great to listen to. I will contiinue being his biggest fan and his religious beliefs dont affect me, I dont have a religion neither but I respect God, so does he. If we all look back, we have said or done somethings we are not proud of, you guys wanna hold one man to his past and expect your past transgressions to be forgiven. fcku outta here... Ohhh by the way, I dont care what you think of me
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Jay sounds likeh he is on his

Jay sounds likeh he is on his way to doing even bigger things; like becoming a Politician or something. I have always been one of his bigget fans, and it's great to see him mature the way he has.
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Anonymous's picture

As someone who is often

As someone who is often offended by his lyrics, this was a little refreshing to read. Hopefully he is maturing. I always wondered why it seemed like Beyonce changed for the worst for him, and not him changing for the better for her.... but now it looks like he may be taking a step in the right direction. Cute, Fab, & Personalizable items for everyone @ http://www.zazzle.com/kissmeonline* ♥
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I don't think Jay should

I don't think Jay should regret what he has represented in rap in the past because that's waht his life was then . I think he is just more mature has grown alot since then so of course wouldn't speak that way today .
Anonymous's picture

I cosign the statement about

I cosign the statement about President Obama..a friend and I had that exact discussion and we both feel that if Obama is a horrible president like Bush..it doesn't matter because his presidency is still historic and virtually martyrdom for the African American community and you can't take that factor out of it.
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