"Moment of Clarity" as written by Shawn Carter and Marshall Mathers....
Turn the music up turn the lights down I'm in my zone

Thank God for granting me this moment of clarity, this moment of honesty
The world'll feel my truths through my "Hard Knock Life" time my gift and a curse
I gave you volume after volume of my work so you can feel my truths
I built the Dynasty by being one of the realest niggas out
Way beyond a Reasonable Doubt (Y'all can't fill my shoes)
From my Blueprint beginnings 'til that Black Album ending
Listen close you hear what I'm about, nigga feel my truths

When pop died, didn't cry, didn't know him that well
Between him doing heroin and me doing crack sales
With that in the egg shell standing at the tabernacle
Rather the church pretending to be hurt
Wouldn't work so a smirk was all on my face
Like damn that mans face was just like my face
So pop I forgive you for all the shit that I live through
It wasn't all your fault homie you got caught
And to the same game I fault that Uncle Ray lost
My big brothers and so many others I saw
I'm just glad we got to see each other
Talk and re-meet each other save a place in Heaven
Til the next time we meet forever

Thank God for granting me this moment of clarity, this moment of honesty
The world'll feel my truths through my "Hard Knock Life" time my gift and a curse
I gave you volume after volume of my work so you can feel my truths
I built the Dynasty by being one of the realest niggas out
Way beyond a Reasonable Doubt (Y'all can't fill my shoes)
From my Blueprint beginnings 'til that Black Album ending
Listen close you hear what I'm about, nigga feel my truths

The music business hate me 'cause the industry ain't make me
Hustlers and boosters embrace me and the music I be making
I dumb down for my audience and double my dollars
They criticize me for it yet they all yell "Holla"
If skills sold truth be told
I'd probably be lyrically Talib Kweli
Truthfully I want to rhyme like Common Sense (But I did five Mil)
I ain't been rhyming like Common since
When your sense got that much in common
And you been hustling since, your inception, fuck perception
Go with what makes sense
Since I know what I'm up against
We as rappers must decide what's most important
And I can't help the poor if I'm one of them
So I got rich and gave back to me that's the win, win
The next time you see the homie and his rims spin
Just know my mind is working just like them (The rims that is)

Thank God for granting me this moment of clarity, this moment of honesty
The world'll feel my truths through my "Hard Knock Life" time my gift and a curse
I gave you volume after volume of my work so you can feel my truths
I built the Dynasty by being one of the realest niggas out
Way beyond a Reasonable Doubt (Y'all can't fill my shoes)
From my Blueprint beginnings 'til that Black Album ending
Listen close you hear what I'm about, nigga feel my truths

My homie Sigel's on a tier where no tears should fall
'Cause he was on the block where no squares get off
See in my inner circle all we do is ball
'Til we all got triangles on our wall
He ain't just rapping for the platinum, y'all record
I recall, 'cause I really been there before
Four scores and seven years ago prepared to flow prepare for war
I shall fear no man you don't hear me though
These words ain't just paired to go in one ear out the other ear, no
Yo, my balls and my word is all's I have
What you gonna do to me? Nigga scars'll scab
What you gonna box me homie? I can dodge and jab
Three shots couldn't touch me thank God for that
I'm strong enough to carry Biggie Smalls on my back
And the whole BK nigga holla back

Thank God for granting me this moment of clarity, this moment of honesty
The world'll feel my truths through my "Hard Knock Life" time my gift and a curse
I gave you volume after volume of my work so you can feel my truths
I built the Dynasty by being one of the realest niggas out
Way beyond a Reasonable Doubt (Y'all can't fill my shoes)
From my Blueprint beginnings 'til that Black Album ending
Listen close you hear what I'm about, nigga feel my truths


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"A Moment of Clarity" as written by Shawn C Carter Shawn Carter

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  • +2
    General Commenti found the second verse of this song particularly important as jay straight up admits to purposely "dumbing down" his music after the high succesful Life & Times Vl. 2 (5xplatnm) in order to maximize his money. Its also interesting when he makes references to wanting to make socially conscious raps (i.e. kwali & common sense, aka common) but instead decides "i can't help the poor when i'm one of them".

    As a big fan of jay's more focused work (reasonable doubt, blueprint) it was interesting to hear his take on why he mostly chooses to make high selling, but mediocre, albums instead of the classics he has shown capable of.
    juicy_jon January 11, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love how he kicks off the third verse with shapes "see he was on the (block) where those (squares) get off. See in my inner (circle) all we do is (ball) til we all got (triangles) on our wall.
    WHO SAYS THAT!!!?? Hov is the guy!
    Thanks for clearin up the meaning of the triangle too.
    Cushion January 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Triangles" refers to Billboards symbol for a platinum record. So basically "Till we all got platinum records on our wall"...this is my favorite song offa this album...the chorus and the 2nd verse are ridiculous.
    etriganon August 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe ain't just rappin for the platinum
    Yall record
    I recall
    Cause i really been there before

    that line
    just shows how jay z made it as a rapper going for more than the platinum
    but i agree with u he has dumbed himself down in his later albums and then black album was the last of his real shit in my opinion
    iloverealhiphopon January 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love how he kicks off the third verse with shapes "see he was on the (block) where those (squares) get off. See in my inner (circle) all we do is (ball) til we all got (triangles) on our wall.
    WHO SAYS THAT!!!?? Hov is the guy!
    Thanks for clearin up the meaning of the triangle too.
    Cushion January 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenttruly he is a mad genius bustin out the geometry in his flo
    martinmhensonon February 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSee in my inner circle all we do is ball
    Til we all got triangles on our wall

    does anyone know what that is supposed to mean...other than that i love this song but nas destroys jayz
    pickel182on May 09, 2006   Link

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