House of Hawthorne

A Short List of Jay-Z’s Lists

Posted on: February 23, 2011

Yesterday I mentioned Jay-Z’s lists of monsters in his verse in Kanye’s song “Monster.” It is one of my favorite things in the world, so I was surprised to read on Pitchfork here one reviewer calling it a “vaguely embarrassing senior moment.” Senior moment?! Jay-Z’s always making lists!  Here is just a short sampling for your review.

From “Monster” by Kanye West featuring Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and Bon Iver on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Jay-Z’s List of Monsters:
King Kong
Loch Ness
Zombie with no conscience

From “All I Need” by Jay-Z on The Blueprint
Jay-Z’s List of Things He Needs:
The love of his crew
A chick to hold a jimmy
Nike Airs
Mean bucket
Armadale in the club
Couple of ducats
Couple chicks by his side
That new coupe
A doo-rag
A pocketful of loot
A sunny day
Some chicks that wanna play
Me and my girlfriend (Here he refers to the 2pac song “Me and My Girlfriend,” in which said girlfriend is actually a gun)
High-priced lawyer

From “Reminder” by Jay-Z on The Blueprint 3
Jay-Z’s List of Years He’s Been in the Music Business:
2001 and beyond

From “I Just Wanna Love You (Give It 2 Me) by Jay-Z
Jay-Z’s List of Items of Clothing He Wants You to Take Off:
Prada blouse
Gucci bra
Filth Mart jeans

Actually there’s a lot of lists in “I Just Wanna Love You.” Oh, and the whole song “Girls, Girls, Girls” is a really great list.  This list of Jay-Z’s lists was just off the top of my head, too.  Feel free to suggest additions.

Thanks for visiting the House of Hawthorne.


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