roc chain

Jay Z and Big Sean at the Roc Nation pre-Grammy Awards brunch in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles on Saturday.

Check the new Roc-A-Fella Records chain that Hov had his jewelers Rafaello & Co. make for Sean Don to congratulate him on his continued success.

I miss the old Kanye.

Polo wearing. The first nigga with a Benz and a backpack. Bulls jacket with his hat broke way off. The “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” Kanye. Bernie Mac skits.

I miss the old Kanye.

Soul samples sped up. Teddy bear in a suit. Outselling 50 when Fiddy was THAT dude. Only Chicago cat with a ROC chain. Bro you did a track with Dilated People’s. Threw Twista, Lupe, Mos Def, Common and Talib on your projects. My G…you had Jay-Z and Nas on your album when they were beefin with each other.

Dilla died and you produced a whole album in his style. For the culture.

You see I’m a fan. You’re the last Rapper to change the game. Good or bad. Drake’s style? Yeezy taught him. Kendrick or Cole getting political on radio tracks? Yeezy made it ok again. I say “again” cause hip hop goes through cycles. 50 changed the game from the Puffy Shiny Suit era. Kanye made it ok to rap like a regular person with big dreams. Spaceships.

You see I’m a fan. I remember your first Street team. I still got the free “Get Well” t shirt and mixtape. The original “through the wire” recording. I remember you coming out in the middle of a Twista show at the House of Blues…and niggas lost their minds for you. I remember the track you did for EC Illa.

I miss that old Kanye.

I miss the Chicago Kanye. The one at the school full of stones…nicknamed K Rock so they leave you alone. The “heck y nah” Kanye. Mentioning Showbiz Pizza on two singles when nobody else in America would understand. I miss it. I miss that crack music nigga. You were our first homegrown transcendent hip hop star. Polarizing. D Rose before D Rose. We couldn’t tell you nothing.

But I heard em say…nothings ever promised tomorrow today.

And when it all…it all falls down.

I haven’t seen a genuine smile for you in a hot 16. You probably haven’t cried in the same amount of time. I mean, I can’t imagine. Your momma died. Cameras everywhere. 634,820 tabs open on your screen. Why wear a watch. You used to be on TV talking like it’s just me and you. I used to dig that. Now you’re on TV talking like you know you’re on TV.

I was never mad at the cocky Kanye. You’re from Chicago Joe. That’s us…even when we’re struggling. Hard to be humble when you’re stuntin on a jumbotron. That’s not what I’m getting at.

You’ve been Bruce Wayne too long my nigga. You haven’t been Batman in a while.
Batman don’t even like Bruce Wayne bro. Batman our hero. Wayne? Just that rich cat with emotional issues that we can’t relate to. Ya dig? But…you was who you was before you got here. Ask your big bro.

I ain’t mad at the Kim thing. Shit. She’s bad as fuck bro. But a circus is a circus. Never seen a wolf in a circus. We miss the wolf.

And when he get on he’ll leave Ya ass for a white girl…

We see you with Trump now…looking like a bad wax museum version of yourself. It’s hard to believe you’re the same cat. Detroit Red cleaned up? It’s like we got Merrill Lynched. You building your own wall away from us. The same people you used to rep.

Even if you in a Benz, you’re still a nigga…in a coupe.

I miss the old Kanye. I’m still rooting for you. Still got that shirt. “Get Well”

Sincerely.

A fan.

In May 2016 Swizz Beatz shared this photograph, showing off a stack of signed $2 bills that Jay Z had given him, with the lyrics to “22 Two’s” written on the band. 

$2 bills are seldom seen in circulation as a result of banking policies with businesses. Due to this lack of demand the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing has low production numbers for this bill.  This comparative scarcity in circulation, coupled with a lack of public knowledge that the bill is still in production and circulation, has inspired many urban legends and occasionally has created problems for people trying to use the bill to make purchases. 

Hov is likely to have a stack of these rare bills on his person at any given time, and regularly hands them out to friends, fans and fellow artists he meets—for good luck. He was inspired by his friend, lawyer Steven Reisman. Reisman began the practice in 2006, and it has been estimated that he gives out around $50,000 a year in $2 bills to friends and strangers. Backstage at an Ed Sheeran concert in 2013 Reisman told the singer and his entourage that “the only person who ever takes them all is Jay Z. Whenever he sees me he’ll reach in my pocket, take them out, and say ‘I’m giving out the $2 bills today, okay?’”

In September 2011 Jay and Beyoncé were spotted giving out the bills at the US Open tennis tournament in Queens. At his “Made in America” festival in Philadelphia in both 2013 and 2014 Hov rained $2 bills down on the crowd. He handed them out to attendees at the tenth anniversary celebrations for The 40/40 Club in June 2013. In an interview with MTV News in January 2014, shortly after he appeared during J. Cole’s birthday show in New York City, Dreamville Records artist Bas shared this anecdote: “It’s funny. I came offstage and I went in the green room and Jay Z came up to me and was like, ‘Dope set.’ Then he dapped me and gave me two $2 bills. I got 'em in my wallet right now. I’m keeping them forever.” During that show Hov had been feeling rather generous, being it was the night he gifted J. Cole one of his original Roc-A-Fella Records chains.