"Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" as written by Shawn Carter, Kanye West, Berry Gordy, James Mizell Alphonso, Frederick James Perren and Deke Richards....
H to the Izz-o, V to the Izz-A
Fo' shizzle my nizzle used to dribble down in VA
Was hurtin' 'em in the home of the Terrapins
Got it dirt cheap for them
Plus if they was short with cheese I would work with them
Brought in weed, got rid of that dirt for them
Wasn't born hustlers, I was birthin' 'em
H to the Izz-o, V to the Izz-A
Fo' sheezy my neezy keep my arms so freezy
Can't leave rap alone the game needs me
Haters want me clapped and chromed it ain't easy
Cops want to knock me, D.A. want to box me in
But somehow, I beat them charges like Rocky
H to the Izz-o, V to the Izz-A
Not guilty, he who does not feel me
Is not real to me, therefore he doesn't exist
So poof, Vamoose, son of a bitch

H to the Izz-o, V to the Izz-A
Fo' shizzle my nizzle used to dribble down in VA
H to the Izz-o, V to the Izz-A
That's the anthem get'cha damn hands up
H to the Izz-o, V to the Izz-A
Not guilty y'all got to feel me
H to the Izz-o, V to the Izz-A
That's the anthem get'cha damn hands up

Holla at me
I do this for my culture
To let 'em know what a nigga look like, when a nigga in a roaster
Show 'em how to move in a room full of vultures
Industry shady it need to be taken over
Label owners hate me I'm raisin the status quo up
I'm over chargin' niggas for what they did to the cold crush
Pay us like you owe us for all the years that you hoed us
We can talk, but money talks so talk mo' bucks

H to the Izz-o, V to the Izz-A
Fo' shizzle my nizzle used to dribble down in VA
H to the Izz-o, V to the Izz-A
That's the anthem get'cha damn hands up
H to the Izz-o, V to the Izz-A
Not guilty y'all got to feel me
H to the Izz-o, V to the Izz-A
That's the anthem get'cha damn hands up

Yeah
Hov' is back, life stories told through rap
Niggas actin' like I sold you crack
Like I told you sell drugs
No, hov' did that
So hopefully you won't have to go through that
I was raised in the projects, roaches and rats
Smokers out back, sellin' they mama's sofa
Lookouts on the corner, focused on the Ave.
Ladies in the window, focused on the kinfolk
Me under a lamp post, why I got my hand closed?
Cracks in my palm, watchin' the long arm of the law
So you know I seen it all before
I seen hoop dreams deflate like a true fiend's weight
To try and to fail, the two things I hate
Succeed in this rap game, the two things that's great
H to the Izz-o, V to the Izz-A
What else can I say about dude, I gets busy

H to the Izz-o, V to the Izz-A
Fo' shizzle my nizzle used to dribble down in VA
H to the Izz-o, V to the Izz-A
That's the anthem get'cha damn hands up
H to the Izz-o, V to the Izz-A
Not guilty y'all got to feel me
H to the Izz-o, V to the Izz-A
That's the anthem get'cha damn hands up

H to the Izz-o, V to the Izz-A
H to the Izz-o, V to the Izz-A
H to the Izz-o, V to the Izz-A
H to the Izz-o, V to the Izz-A


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"Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" as written by Kanye West Shawn Carter

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    General Commentgo terps
    cheerupemokidon July 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentiT's IZZZZ-A
    KoRn'Ron April 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat's the cold crush?
    BlackLungFeveron July 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm a little white girl from the Great White North, eh. So could explain what the hell this means. I'm not all up with my ghetto speak and all, word!
    alouiseon July 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentaight check it out yo...the title is something about location...not sure what HO is but obviously VA is Virginia. The first verse starts out with Jay smokin up some kids in Maryland. He's willing to smoke em up even if they don't have enough money and he's got their backs if they're in a conflict because he feels like he indirectly raised them. the authorities and his haters wanna stop him from working his game and doing this, but he succeeds nonetheless.
    Verse 2: he talks about how he uses his star power to help other young blacks and how it angers his record label.
    Verse 3: this is about how drugs ruin lives and he wishes never for the listener to be involved with them.
    ok thats a fairly rough translation but i hope it helps.
    BlackLungFeveron August 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHOVA is jay-z's other stage moniker for himself...her refers to him self as hova, short for jay-hova, like Jehovah.
    saint4theconfusedon September 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCold Crush = Cold Crush Crew/Cold Crush Brothers..the original Hip-Hop group of the 70s and early 80s. Obviously, they didn't reap the success of today's rappers, yet they were pioneers.
    omnivoreronon February 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove the maryland shout-out. even if its bout drugs
    frcesokr15on September 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about Jay z's experience as a drug dealer in his youth. Apparently he had made it up in status to the point that he could front drugs to lower level runners. He wants us to know that he has not forgotten where he came from despite all of his fame. He remembers the hard times, even while he negotiates his contract record deals.
    I would have to know Jay z's feelings about raps early days. I think maybe he feels like the early pioneers where not given a fair shake by the early record labels. Secondly, he could be making an even grander political statement when he says "pay us like you owe us for all the years that you owe us" he could be talking about slavery and slavery reparations in the same way a country would pay war reparations. That was a controversial topic that came up during the time he wrote that song.
    maxine4seenon February 09, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about Jay z's experience as a drug dealer in his youth. Apparently he had made it up in status to the point that he could front drugs to lower level runners. He wants us to know that he has not forgotten where he came from despite all of his fame. He remembers the hard times, even while he negotiates his contract record deals.
    I would have to know Jay z's feelings about raps early days. I think maybe he feels like the early pioneers where not given a fair shake by the early record labels. Secondly, he could be making an even grander political statement when he says "pay us like you owe us for all the years that you owe us" he could be talking about slavery and slavery reparations in the same way a country would pay war reparations. That was a controversial topic that came up during the time he wrote that song.
    maxine4seenon February 09, 2011   Link

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