Jay-Z drops a new verse while performing at the Paralympics, and also drops an explanation of the bars.
During the performance, Jay-Z spit never-heard bars over Coldplay'sÂ "Paradise" song, and explained the meaning to his words as well.
Check out the lyrics below, as well as Hov's explanation of them, thanks to Jay-Z's Life+Times blog.
I deserve a gold medal, get on my level/
I deserve platinum plaques, to match my bezel/
I walk around with five rings ["five rings" being the Olympic Rings], so pimpish/
Welcome to the Paralympics/
Itâs paradise, this is the story of Gabby/
Itâs paradise, itâs paradise/
Tears in her eyes, she sacrificed, he sacrificed, she paid the price/
This is everything, everything she ever dreamed/
She had nightmares she wouldnât be here, she made the team/
From the projects to the podium, accepting awards with my Rollie on/
Gettinâ Gold medals with my grill in [Ryan Lochte, obviously]/
C-walking, cause all they see is a villain [Serena, obviously]/
More belts than Phelps, Merry Christmas, my presence is felt/
Gold medals around my throat/
You can take everything, except the hope of reaching paradise.
Hova said of the verse: "The thought behind the verse is, anyone with a disability, just wants a sense of normality â thatâs why theyâre competing in these games. That was the idea to make the verse as inclusive for as many people, and to make it as normal as possible. Itâs influenced by so many different things. There are parts that are influenced by Gabby Douglas, there are parts that are influenced by Ryan Lochte, and by Serena Williams," he continued, "It can relate to everybody. âYou can take everything,â means whether through some tragedy you lost a limb, like an arm or a leg. Or, it could be something like you lost the mortgage to your house. Thatâs pretty much the idea."
This closing ceremonyÂ wrapped up the 11-day event which took place in East London. Check out footage from the performance below.