Jay-Z - The Prelude Lyrics

[Intro: snippets of Eddie in "Super Fly"]
You know, you've got this.. fantasy in your head about
getting outta the life and, setting the corporate world on its ear
What the FUCK you gonna do except hustle?
Besides pimpin... you really ain't got the stomach for that

The game's fucked up
Nigga's beats is banging, nigga your hooks did it
Your lyrics didn't and your gangster look did it
So I would write it if y'all could get it
Being intricate'll get you wood, critic
On the Internet, they like you should spit it
I'm like you should buy it, nigga that's good business
Hehe, forget this rap shit I need a new hustle
A little bit of everything, the new improved Russell
I say that reluctantly cause I do struggle
As you see I can't leave so I do love you
But I'm just a hustler disguised as a rapper
In fact you can't fit this hustle inside of a wrapper
Back when crack was
What these pills are, I was a real star
Complete with real, cars, no video ones
You can come and set up a camera, let the video run
And my real life, complete with real, ice
VVS boulders oh they're visibly set
Head and shoulders, my invisible neck
You see Hova, wasn't digital yet
Befo' Steve Jobs, made the iPod
Was getting head, jobs, we call that intimate
Back when rappers wouldn't dare play lyrical roulette
With a automatic weapon I was rapping with a tec
(Fresh) like (Mannie) be, chain like anti-freeze
Shoebox full of cash, dealer man hand me ki's
Pantries full of Arm & Hammer, don't take Nancy Drew to see
what it do, I'm a damn G
Just sent a million dollars through a hands free
That's big money talk, can you answer me?
Before the answer was a 3
I was down in Georgetown with a Hoya chick, lawyer chick
Sure he's rich now cause he saw the shit, all this shit
That's why they call him Hov', cause he came before all this shit
Bought a 6, quarter seven, skipped on them quarter eights
Bought a 9 for non-stop glock work all the time
Woo! Guess who's back?
Since this is a new era, got a fresh new hat
Ten year veteran, I've been set
I've been through with this bullshit game but I never quit
I used to think rapping at 38 was ill
But last year alone I grossed 38 mill'
I know I ain't quite 38 but still
The flow so (Special) got a (38) feel
The real is back, hehehehe

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Jay-Z The Prelude Comments
  1. Lilo racks

    Been looking for this masterpiece for a while.. good looking out my guy

    Bailey Music Unedited 2

    Thanks My Bro

  2. Violet Evergarden

    Me looking for the FF prelude and finding this instead

  3. bigdap100

    Before the Answer was a 3
    I was down in Georgetown with a Hoya chick Lawyer chic

  4. Sergio Garcia

    Jay killed The Game with that 38 mill line on one of his worst albums 😂 Jigga is leagues ahead.

    Elle _

    It is my fave too 💕

  5. kavienjay8

    Baffles me when I hear folk call Jigga whack, either they don't fully know his catalog or they're just str8 up hating. Easily top 5 doa !

    Anthony Williams


  6. Dee Burks

    Hell yea

  7. Andre Petty

    I love u Jay

  8. BreaLinn


  9. Que Rush84

    GOOD LOOK BRO💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯

  10. Ill will Ill will

    Damn Dr dre!!!!

    Harold Kuamadio

    Ill will Ill will Dr Dre ? It’s produced by B-Money

  11. Marcus Richards

    Best rapper of all time 🎈

  12. Handsome Loy'El

    Who still here?

  13. slim shady

    Off The Chain💪💪💪💯

    Bailey Music Unedited 2

    Thank You Very much

  14. ag3usn

    Imagine awaking through 14 billion of evolution to witness this.

  15. Gene Saulsberry

    Since this is a new era got a fresh new hat!

  16. C Baps


    Bailey Music Unedited 2

    Thank You Very Much

  17. Ahmed Ali

    Ur gangsta look did it ,
    Im not a fan of jay but this shit is soooooo deeep

  18. b33lz


  19. Israel Rosario Jr.

    One of my favorite Hova songs of all time. Easily top 5...this is Jay Z at his absolute peak lyrically lacing it over quite possibly the most perfect production for his style and swag. Brings back great memories...

    Justin Timberlake Live

    very underated

    Ruth Greening

    Jay was at his peak on black album not kingdom come

    Anthony Williams

    You could make the argument that this is his most lyrical song he ever made also possible his best song ever.

    Ruth Greening

    @Anthony Williams allure is hovs best song buddy

    Anthony Williams

    @Ruth Greening possible that is one of my favorite.

  20. SaintM

    This is like, on of my childhood rap songs... this means a lot, man.

    Bailey Music Unedited 2

    Thanks Man This Was My Favorite Song From The Album.

  21. Michael Delgado

    One of the best songs ever made

    Bailey Music Unedited 2

    Thanks This Is One Of My Favorites From Kingdom Come Along With Show Me What You Got & Lost One.

  22. Lamar Coburn

    YouTube needed this

  23. Adam Smithers

    Thanks man

    Bailey Music Unedited 2

    You're Welcome