The London 2012 Paralympics came to a fittingly electrifying finish last night, thanks in part to live performances from Rihanna, Jay-Z and Coldplay. The latter two banded together for a duet, where Hov rapped some never-before-heard bars over the band’s “Paradise” track. Always the culturally relevant lyricist, you can hear Jay make reference to everything from Ryan Lochte’s grill to Serena Williams’ crip walk.
As news outlets and fans alike have caught on to the fresh material, it hasn’t taken Mr. Carter long to indulge in his “decoding” habit. Taking to his Life + Times website, the Roc Nation MC explained his new verse.
“The thought behind the verse is, anyone with a disability, just wants a sense of normality – that’s why they’re 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,” he wrote.
“It’s 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.
“It can relate to everybody. ‘You can take everything,’ 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. That’s pretty much the idea.”
Watch Jay-Z rap his new verse below.