“If I could be anything, I want to be / The little engine in the hood /If I could show you anything, I’d show you that / My hood was once all good,” Sir The Baptist gleams on the opening of his latest release.
“What We Got” is an ode to Chicago and the hundreds who were killed this year. Things are rough, but Chi-Town’s still standing, and Sir is here to provide his community with an uplifting reminder.
The second single from his forthcoming debut album, the song is assisted by Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Donald Lawrence. It’s the follow-up track to “Raise Hell,” which racked up millions of Spotify listens, and even caught the ear of Jay Z.
“While I was performing ‘Heaven’ at Made in America, I saw a golf cart pull up during the set,”he told XXL. “I didn’t pay too much attention to it. By the time the set was done, the entire crowd was singing ‘Heaven.’ I walked off behind the stage to head back to the dressing room and Jay Z walked right up to me and said, ‘Sir, I love your story and I’m following you. Congratulations on a great set.'”
Sir goes on to explain that though he’s the son of a preacher, Jay Z has always been an inspiration.
“As a preacher’s kid, I wasn’t supposed to be into secular music,” he continued. “But Jay Z spoke to my soul. I was blessed in my lifetime to preach to my idol and get the greatest offering in return — encouragement . . . All I want to do is share the word, the truth, and lift others up through my music and that is exactly what I am planning to do with ‘PK.’”
Listen to the official audio for “What We Got” above.
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Verses To Live By: Jay Z's 50 Greatest Lines Of All-Time
Jay Z may be more invested in delivering music than making it at this point, but there would never have been a TIDAL without the extended come-up that preceded it. Reasonable Doubt bled into In My Lifetime and then the dynasty just kept growing. When The Blueprint rolled around Hov demanded his own lane, The Black Album proved his music had become a cultural event.
Now it's 2015, Hov is 45, and his first album is almost 20. It's also been at least ten years since Jay informally ushered in the "Suit And Tie" era of his career—"I'm not a business man, I'm a business man" is probably the most-quoted lyric of his career by now—and yet he's still rapping. Few other emcees have developed and progressed so conspicuously in the public eye. We might be less surprised to see Jay Z standing alongside Warren Buffet than to find him in the booth at this point, but his music has formed a narrative the whole way.
With that in mind, we compiled 50 of Jay Z's best verses. While it's not presented in chronological order, every track here is a reminder of how far he's come. And he's still bringing us along for the ride.