Jay-Z is a perfectionist. No breaking story there, it’s nothing we didn’t already know. Hov’s unsatisfactory with a verse he recorded for Meek Mill‘s “Lay Up” from his debut Dreams and Nightmares has surfaced and we understand why he 86’d it.
It’s not a horrible verse. It’s just not extraordinary. When Jay hits the studio to bless someone’s album the expectations are for him to wow the listener with metaphors and punchlines. Here he sounds bored opening his verse with, “The bigger the boat/The better the b–/Not only boats baby girl I ships.” Is that you Jay, or 2 Chainz? As usual Jay boasts about his lifestyle, but he’s done that better, on “3 Kings” for example. The verse is mostly forgettable.
On this version Rick Ross delivers a new verse and Meek Mills is absent. Trey Songz carries the chorus. Shelving this joint was the right move to make. For Meek it meant an album sans Jay, which sucks. But better to have a phantom verse than a wack one. There was no way Hov was going to let Ross outshine him on a song, and that’s exactly what happened.
Rick Ross – Lay Up f. Jay-Z & Trey Songz [CDQ] [2 Dopeboyz]
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