Moment Of Clarity Lyrics - Jay-Z

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(Turn the music up turn the lights down i'm in my zone)

Thank God for grantin me this moment of clarity
This moment of honesty
The world'll feel my truths
Through my Hard Knock Life time
My Gift and The Curse
I gave you volume after volume of my work
So you can feel my truths
I built the Dynasty by being one of the realest niggas out
Way beyond a Reasonable Doubt
(Yall can't fill my shoes)
From my Blueprint beginnings
To that Black Album endin
Listen close you hear what i'm about
Nigga feel my truths

[Verse One]
Pop died
Didn't cry
Didn't know him that well
Between him doin heroin
And me doin crack sales
With that in the egg shell
Standin at the tabernacle
Rather the church
Pratendin to be hurt
Wouldn't work
So a smirk was all on my face
Like damn that mans face was just like my face
So pop i forgive you
For all the shit that i live through
It wasn't all your fault
Homie you got caught
And to the same game i fault
they dont parade loss
My big brothers and so many others i saw
I'm just glad we got to see each other
Talk and re-meet each other
Save a place in Heaven
Til the next time we meet forever


[Verse Two]
The music business hate me
Cause the industry ain't make me
Hustlers and boosters embrace me
And the music i be makin
I dumb down for my audience
And double my dollars
They criticize me for it
Yet they all yell "Holla"
If skills sold
Truth be told
I'd probably be
Talib Kweli
I wanna rhyme like Common Sense
(But i did five Mil)
I ain't been rhymin like Common since
When your sense got that much in common
And you been hustlin since
Your inception
Fuck perception
Go with what makes sense
I know what i'm up against
We as rappers must decide what's most impor-tant
And i can't help the poor if i'm one of them
So i got rich and gave back
To me that's the win, win
The next time you see the homie and his rims spin
Just know my mind is workin just like them
(The rims that is)


[Verse Three]
My homie Sigel's on a tier
Where no tears should fall
Cause he was on the block where no squares get off
See in my inner circle all we do is ball
Til we all got triangles on our wall
He ain't just rappin for the platinum
Yall record
I recall
Cause i really been there before
Four scores and seven years ago
Prepared to flow
Prepare for war
I shall fear no man
You don't hear me though
These words ain't just paired to go
In one ear out the other ear
My balls and my word is alls i have
What you gonna do to me?
Nigga scars'll scab
What you gonna box me homie?
I can dodge and jab
Three shots couldn't touch me
Thank God for that
I'm strong enough to carry Biggie Smalls on my back
And the whole BK nigga holla back


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Possibly Deeper Lyrical Meaning than Previous Reviewers' Realised? | Reviewer: Jon | 12/4/12

Ctrl+f "four score", and look at the following few lines after that four score line, re-read the entire song's lyrics, paying attention to the messages put forth. It sounds almost revolutionary, with repeated lyrics of "gettin' out the hood" throughout various of his albums.

Is Moment of Clarity that deep? Could he have possibly been intoning revolutionary 'war' to get out the hood basically --in his own version -- Is there a link between that and a famous speech of Lincoln's regarding the revolutionary war against slavery *four score and seven years ago*:

Throughout his career in politics and law, Lincoln often recalled the struggles of the Revolutionary War and the generation of soldiers, revolutionaries and politicians who fought it. Reminding his listeners of that time, Lincoln recalls the values of the founding fathers: "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." What kind words did he remind us of in his last major speech?"

Here's Moment of Clarity with lyrics. Ctr+f "four score" and read the new few lines after, then read the entire song's lyrics, keeping in mind Lincoln's above speech line and the context.

Neat if he really was that clever while writing that song, or it's a freak coincidence.

brillant | Reviewer: ghost | 6/22/10

Love this song! It embodies everything that hip-hop should be. Its very lyrical and deep, besides the part hwere he said of skills sold i like when he said i cant help the poor if im one of them, so i got rich and gave back to me thats the win win! Thats whats its about to much is given much is expected!

just absolute hiphop | Reviewer: Nutty | 9/26/09

how dope is this song. yeah i said dope, im hiphop baby. i done seen hiphop since its beggining in the 80's, to its unbeliveable creativity in the 90's and early 2000's to its untimely demise in mid 2000's and now. this song embodies what hiphop should be. All hes doing is being real. thats it. nothing about shaking your ass, money and all this b.s. that folk think they have to talk about to sell records. hes just given u insight on his life and the industry. some classic lines are all through this song. one of my favorite is "If skills sold Truth be told I'd probably be Lyricly Talib Kweli Truthfully I wanna rhyme like Common Sense
(But i did five Mil)
I ain't been rhymin like Common since"
Just dope, absolutely dope.

a work of art | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/23/09

song is work of art. The hook is woven with history of each album connecting sincerity and drive and pain. It is a glimpse of his moment of clarity a revalation.
The lyrics is a breath of fresh of air honesty. Truly his story opening up his feeling about his fathers.
He talks about his struggle with balance of mainstream and "real" rap which he has been criticized for.
The beat fits the lyrics. Lyrically he gets ill

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