"December 4th" as written by Walter Jerome Boyd, Elijah A. Jr. Powell and Shawn C. Carter....
Shawn Carter was born December 4th
Weighing in at 10 pounds 8 ounces
He was the last of my four 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

They say "they never really miss you til you dead or you gone"
So on that note I'm leaving after this song
So you ain't gotta feel no way about Jay, so long
At least 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 Sycamore tree
Which makes me
A more sicker emcee than my momma would claim
At ten 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 matching my gear
Now I'm just scratching the surface cause what's buried 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

Shawn was a very shy child growing up
He was into sports
And a funny story is
At four he taught his self 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

Now all the teachers couldn't reach me
And my momma couldn't beat me
Hard enough to match the pain of my pop not seeing me, so
With that disdain in my membrane
Got on my pimp game
Fuck the world my defense came
Then Dahaven introduced 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 wavy light skinned girls is loving me now
My self esteem went through the roof man I got my swag
Got a vocal from this girl when her man got bagged
Plus I hit my momma with cash from a show that I had
Supposedly knowing nobody paid Jaz wack ass
I'm getting ahead of myself, by the way, I could rap
That came second to me moving this crack
Gimme a second I swear
I will say about my rap career
Til '96 came niggas I'm here
Good-bye

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 that he would drive them nuts
But that was my way to keep him close to me and out of trouble

Good-bye to the game all the spoils, the adrenaline 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 a drought can define a man, when the well dries up
You learn to work the water without working, of thirst you'll 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 living
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

[Repeat: x4]
If you can't respect that your whole perspective is wack
Maybe you'll love me when I fade to black


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"December 4th" as written by Walter Jerome Boyd, Elijah A. Jr. Powell, Shawn C. Carter

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    General CommentDECEMBER 4 is Jays b-day
    usher_alicia_kanyeon January 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is autobiographical
    thereisnoiinteamon April 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHaha, REALLY?! You think? But yes, this song is amazing, especially when mixed with Say It Ain't So, not that I am a big Jay-Zeezer fan, but this in one of the few good mixes from there.
    HellaGayFagon April 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti completely agree with ...uh..."hella" on this one. its VERY well done when mixed with sa yit ain't so. id say it ones of the few rap songs i really love. im not like a follower of jay-z or anything so i wouldnt know really, but it sounds liek he's talking about his growing up, and how (i guess) he kinda feels like he was heading towards disappointing his mom what with his turning to the streets for life. this may or may not be a side-effect of his father's leaving them/whatever his dad did.
    thendofthetouron July 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentuses lyrics from the Skip James song "Sick Bed Blues"
    FackingHellon October 01, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"They say they never really miss you till you dead or you gone"

    How could someone miss you if you're not dead or gone?
    thesweenon May 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwell, thesween, they never REALLY miss you is what he says. you can miss someone without them being dead or gone. have yo uever missed someone? its pretty easy to do. but he is saying you never REALLY miss them until they are dead or gone.

    this s one of my favorite j songs.
    MitchDouglason June 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe line isn't "And the drought to find a man when the well dries up".

    It's "and the drought will define a man.....".

    One of my fav songs off of my fav album. I love the word play "the mad love under the SICCA-MORE tree which makes me a MORE-SICCA emcee" I love that! And I love how it takes u thru three important stages of his life. 1. Childhood 2. Learning how to hustle (which is the biggest part of y jay-z is the way he is) and 3. The introduction to rap which he ends by saying "and 96 came niggas, I'm here! Good bye....".

    So its basically a synopsis of his life up to the release of "Reasonable Doubt". Sheer BRILLIANCE!!!! And the rest, as they say, is history.....
    Cushion January 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwow this song is amazing, and when he performs it in fade to black, he ends it so nicely- if u can't respect that ur whole perspective is wack, maybe you'll love me when I fade to black, then he leaves the stage.
    Jay-z best rapper ever and this is a great song
    jr castroon January 27, 2008   Link

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