Jay-Z - December 4th Lyrics

[Jay-Z's Mom:]
Sean Carter was born December 4th
Weighing in at 10 pounds 8 ounces
He was the last of my 4 children
The only one who didn't give me any pain when i gave birth to him
And that's how i knew that he was a special child

[Jay-Z Verse 1]
They say "they never really miss you til you dead or you gone"
So on that note i'm leaving after the song
So you ain't gotta feel no way about Jay so long
Atleast let me tell you why i'm this way, Hold on
I was conceived by Gloria Carter and Adaness Revees
Who made love under the Siccamore tree
Which makes me
A more sicker M.C. and my momma would claim
At 10 pounds when i was born i didn't give her no pain
Although through the years i gave her her fair share
I gave her her first real scare
I made it from birth and i got here
She knows my purpose wasn't purpose
I ain't perfect i care
But i feel worthless cause my shirts wasn't matchin my gear
Now i'm just scratchin the surface cause what's burried under there
Was a kid torn apart once his pop disappeared
I went to school got good grades could behave when i wanted
But i had demons deep inside that would raise when confronted
Hold on

[Jay-Z's Mom:]
Shawn was a very shy child growing up
He was into sports
And a funny story is
At 4 he taught hisself how to ride a bike
A two wheeler at that
Isn't that special?
But, i noticed a change in him when me and my husband broke up

[Jay-Z Verse 2]
Now all the teachers couldn't reach me
And my momma couldn't beat me
Hard enough to match the pain of my pops not seeing me, SO
With that distain in my membrain
Got on my pimp game
Fuck the world my defense came
Then Dahaven introuced me to the game
Spanish Jose introduced me to cane
I'm a hustler now
My gear is in and i'm in the in crowd
And all the wavey light skinned girls is lovin me now
My self esteem went through the roof man i got my swag
Got a volvo from this girl when her man got bagged
Plus i hit my momma with cash from a show that i had
Supposedly knowin nobody paid Jaz wack ass
I'm geting ahead of myself, by the way, i could rap
That came second to me movin this crack
Gimme a second i swear
I will say about my rap career
Til 96 came niggas i'm here

[Jay-Z's Mom:]
Shawn use to be in the kitchen
Beating on the table and rapping
And um, until the wee hours of the morning
And then i bought him a boom box
And his sisters and brothers said he would drive them nuts
But that was my way to keep him close to me and out of trouble

[Jay-Z Verse 3]
Good-bye to the game all the spoils, the adreneline rush
Your blood boils you in a spot knowing cops could rush
And you in a drop your so easy to touch
No two days are alike
Except the first and fifteenth pretty much
And "trust" is a word you seldom hear from us
Hustlers we don't sleep we rest one eye up
And the drought to find a man when the well dries up
You learn to work the water without workin thirst til die YUP
And niggas get tied up for product
And little brothers ring fingers get cut up
To show mothers they really got em
And this was the stress i live with til i decided
To try this rap shit for a livin
I Pray i'm forgiven
For every bad decision i made
Every sister i played
Cause i'm still paranoid to this day
And it's nobody fault i made the decisions i made
This is the life i chose or rather the life that chose me

If you can't respect that your whole perspective is wack
Maybe you'll love me when i fade to black

If you can't respect that your whole perspective is wack
Maybe you'll love me when i fade to black
[repeat 2 more times to fade]

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Jay-Z December 4th Comments
  1. Sandi B


  2. Obama Doesn't Love Me No More

    Most underrated track of all [email protected]

  3. IAmMister RedHook37

    I pray im forgiven 4 every bad decision I made every sister I played cause im still paranoid to this day and its nobody fault I made the decisions I made dis is the life I chose or rather the life that chose me💯😊If you can't respect that your whole perspective is wack maybe you'll love me when I fade to black. If you can't respect that your whole perspective is wack maybe you'll love me when I fade to black💯

  4. 400 Santana

    Dec 4th 1994

  5. Kevin Robertson

    Happy bday goat

  6. Johnny H

    Happy B day bro Legend!

  7. Gary Bush

    Happy 50th birthday to the goat

  8. Lord Megatron

    happy birthday y'all

  9. Luis Gabriel Guerrero

    Happy birthday to my friend jay z and happy birthday to me ♥

  10. Saynab Abdinasir Bered

    December 4th 2019

  11. MrTehoTeho

    I’m glad I’m birthday twins with the GOAT🐐. Happy birthday to Jay-Z and the rest of my fellow December 4th b-day fam!🎉🎁

  12. Joy Mechell

    Today is December 4th 2019
    Happy 50th bday Jay 🙌🏾

    Hanif Ellis

    Joy Mechell checking in 12/04/2019

    Lord Megatron

    happy birthday to me

  13. Jexx


  14. Isaac Marcellus

    Happy Birthday Hov. 50 Worth A Billi 🙏🏾🗽🐐💸💰🌎 #December4th

  15. Joshua Alexander

    Happy birthday jigga Man.

  16. Andrae Smith

    Happy 50th Hov!!!!

  17. King beef

    What was that song?

    Everett Williams

    Dec 4 off the black album

  18. Hanif Ellis

    I been fucking wit Hov but I came back to this video because of Dehaven’s interview with Vlad. Then Dehaven introduced me to the Game, Spanish Jose introduced me to cocaine

  19. L Z

    3:24 chills

  20. Naja Ranee

    My son due date December 4th 💙

    Lord Megatron

    is he here yet?

  21. perc nowitzki

    should’ve been the album outro, that “your whole perspective is wack” part is so beautiful

    jelani brown-garrett

    Yeaaaa that would’ve been cool but there’s something called “Allure” prod. By Pharrell you should check it out

  22. Nillmatic 23

    The third verse is so fucking emotional man😭



  24. simlot ncube

    looking for the my chemical romance remix... black parade on December the 4th

  25. Jerome Penn

    Grand opening Grand closing!! Hustlas we don't sleep we rest one eye up!!#CLASSIC

  26. Juan Carlos Lopez

    excellent, for my it's the best song of JAY Z, but it's amazing that on YouTube you do not see the studio version.

  27. A_____ T_____

    Tha G O A T. Period

  28. manqobayedwa gama

    My niga December 4th

  29. farrellcityking1

    Living Legend!

  30. King Day Won

    Hov the truth 🙌🏾

  31. wordisbond kema

    But I had demons deep inside that was raised when confronted 🙏🏽

  32. Wanda Mclendon

    Merry Christmas

  33. Wanda Mclendon

    Hi Jay Z Happy Birthday from Wanda Jr. beyonce'

  34. farrellcityking1

    You are watching a living god leaving the game in his complete prime. Forever a legend.

  35. Nallely Gave JairoThe Beats

    December 4th 2018!!!

    It's ya boyy! Hovvva!!

  36. Leonard L Lewis

    Happy Birthday Jay Z And Happy Holidays to the family stay strong Jay

  37. Craig Phillips

    Happy birthday Sean have a good one (peace and love)

  38. YM RF

    I was born December 4th, 1994. Happy birthday to us, Hov

  39. splitsecondfilms

    Where is this from? A DVD?

    Chris Utley

    Fade To Black - Jay Z concert film

  40. Wanda Mclendon

    That was 4 years ago

  41. Wanda Mclendon

    That was 4

  42. Wanda Mclendon

    I was helping good in heaven

  43. Wanda Mclendon

    When I was in heaven talking to God I didn't have a ride I talked to you and you was on the radio bye from wan wan jr.

  44. Wanda Mclendon

    Jay z I didn't make it my sister didn't take me

  45. Niama Cathey

    This was when I knew I had to see him in concerts best money you'll ever spend on a show😩🙌🏽👏🏽

    S.A.C.H 3!6

    Real talk he talks to u.. Not exactly a yelling game with the audience when Hov rappin on stage.... Its different to Tupac energy but he's as equally amazing the music industry needed him fo sho

  46. Wanda Mclendon

    Hey husband Jay Z from wan wan Carter jr.

  47. Rebecca Gutierrez

    I was born December 4th also. Only the best was born on this day! I think Tyra Banks can also agree. ;)

  48. Hyacinth Alcaraz Villanueva

    I have this in my HArd drive.


    “Now my teachers couldnt reach me and my momma couldnt beat me hard enough to match the pain of my pops not seeing me” REAL shit

  50. Rafael Santos

    Whats name Song?

    Niama Cathey

    Rafael Santos December 4th

  51. Ronald Rockmann

    His mother sounds so retarded on that song

  52. Will Tafarii

    One of my Favorites

  53. Kareem Lawson

    Hov a betta mc then nass

    K- Dawg

    Kareem Lawson u crazy nas illmatic shit’s on any jay-z track

  54. paul lockley

    love ya Jay z x x nets should retire the shirt bro x x x

  55. Susan Carr

    This shit a classic!!My fav hov song all time!

  56. August Cheney

    the fact that this is my birthday and that it came out the year i was born lmao

  57. Will Tafarii


  58. The emerald minecart

    December 4 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

  59. Daniel DeVito

    Best Hov song of all time


    “Can i live”

  60. Daniel DeVito

    Without a doubt my fav Jay album and track right here

  61. Gotta Give Entertainment

    Legendary song and performance

  62. Mr TJM

    I have the same birthday as hov... nice

  63. Detroit Red

    Happy Bday !!!

  64. Jamon Sanders

    Happy birthday hov

  65. Jamison Smith

    Happy C day

  66. High Patience


  67. Spoderman

    I was born 4 december 2004
    I am writing this on my brithday

    Harima Poka

    Hbday again!


    happy birthday

    Bonoy Nacion

    Spoderman happy birthday


    Same ! December 4th 2006

    Lord Megatron

    happy birthday spidey

  68. shea teague

    Happy cake day "J"

  69. Greto Verno

    Happy Birthday Hov!!!!

  70. Hanif Ellis


  71. Imperial Impvlze

    Yet he just preformed on November 18, 2017

  72. Joseph Maelo

    maybe u will love me when i fade to black

  73. Michelle Williams

    Sean Carter Was Born Dec 4th 1969 & I Was Born Dec 10th 1969, Happy Upcoming Bday Sagittarius People

    Paige Lopez

    Michelle Williams i was born December 4 2005

    friendly neighborhood cat abuser -

    December 9 for me

    Third World Council Music Group

    Dec 10, 81 🙏🏼


    Dec. 3rd

    hunter lynn

    Shawn correct spelling 😊

  74. Timmy Stevens Sr.

    Hard ass song

  75. -tiana

    brruuhh this was legit the day I was born literally omg

  76. Stephen Campbell

    one of my favorite songs because it spoke to me

  77. finger paintings

    Incredible performance.


    Jay z snapped


    U can hear his voice cracken while he performing this song

  79. Michele Cortigiano

    Big jay z

  80. Video Invader

    Favourite Jay song

  81. José Silva

    One of Jay Z most underrated songs. Belongs in Top 10 from his catalogue. Just Blaze production was perfect.

    Subash Pariyar

    idkkkkk about underrated. i mean he earns more than most rappers so

    Subash Pariyar

    oh shit nvm, song is underrated af


    It's his best song imo

    Jonathan Marshall

    I felt worthless cus my shirt wasn 't matching my gear. That idea of being so far behind the ball. Man!!!

    Moosa Ndwandwe

    The story telling is dope

  82. Jeremiah Jazmyn Nelson

    real rap the truth 97 percent of rappers fake check the verses if you in a drop you easy to touch real shit.

  83. SLUVA Luv

    Im not a big Jay Z fan but I don't know of too many dudes that can rock The Garden from start to end


    Yeah! Credit where its due...good dude u are..peace!!

  84. Caesar Sinclair Jr.


  85. Mike Williams

    Happy Birthday hov!!!!!

  86. Charlie Mundae

    top 10 fav shawn carter songs.. and if you cant respect that...then ur whole perceptive is wack! maybe you luv me when I fade to black!!!


    Charlie Mundae

  87. George Spigner

    The greatest. The greatest. That is all.

  88. George Spigner

    The greatest. The greatest. That is all.

  89. Toni Romaro

    Jay-z or shawn Connor your the biggest inspiration to me! This song says my whole life

    Lowkey Dave

    Toni Romaro Carter*

  90. Smilin' Dro Frazier

    ...... that wasn't a throwback jersey........ it was the current Kenyan Martin jersey......

  91. Delroy Mbofana

    Brooklyn Stand up

    I'm From Brooklyn Where Bi and jay them kings reign in bk

  92. Deborah smith

    i lov you jz always

  93. rj sepulveda

    Best concert ever!! and i wasnt even there!

  94. Farah Hiam

    best performance ever !!!