“Public Service Announcement” is the 10th track of one of the greatest albums in the history of music, that of Jay-Z, The black album.
JAY-Z – PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT (INTERLUDE)
This unusual track is one of the essentials of Jay-Z’s live concerts. This is a large-scale piece, loaded with puns, that ranks in the upper echelon of its extensive catalog.
Jay-Z’s “Decoded” – The second verse for “Public Service Announcement” was almost entirely unrelated to the first verse. I wrote the second verse, which opens with the lyrics, I’m like Che Guevara with bling on it, I’m complex, in response to the journalist. When someone asked me at the time of the Unplugged show why I was wearing the Che t-shirt, I think I said something flippant like, “I consider myself a revolutionary because I’m a self-made millionaire.” in a racist society. . “But it was really that it felt right to me. I knew people would have questions. Some people in the hip-hop world were surprised by that. There are rappers like Public Enemy and Dead Prez who have always been. explicitly revolutionary, but I was not one of them, nor was I a Marxist like Che – the platinum piece of Jesus made it clear enough.
Jay-Z wrote the second verse of this track after a reporter overdid it by performing the symbolism in one of Hova’s outfits. He reminded MTV News: “The second verse of ‘PSA’ may not have so many hidden gems in it. [it], but the story behind why I wrote the second verse is quite interesting. It’s kind of that look at rap, how this writer wrote this article about me wearing this Che Guevara shirt with a Jesus coin, and she was like, “Jesus play hits his head”, and j was like, “You” are going a little too far. It’s a T-shirt and a chain. He doesn’t literally hit his forehead. This experience inspired the entire verse. ‘I’m like Che Guevara with bling, I’m complex.’ “
JAY-Z’s “Public Service Announcement” was no ordinary interlude; it was a fucking hymn.
For the song to stand out as it did, and endure, on an entire album of fiery tracks speaks volumes.
Just Blaze sample “Seed of Love” by Little Boy Blues, which was used in the intro of the 1994 OC song “Point O ‘Viewz”
“I’m always curious, and as soon as Just played it for me, the emotion of the song was too strong. A record will change everything for me. We had to stop production! It’s called ‘PSA’ because it’s was meant to be like a commercial, a short skit. But it became an important part of my discography. For a song without a hook to have such an impact, it’s amazing. The audience made something special out of it. ” – Jay Z
LITTLE BOY BLUES – SEED OF LOVE
Just Blaze claims he did this pace in 10 minutes, which, if true, is mind-boggling. Not so much because it is a complex instrument in itself, but even more for its success.
This Jazz baseline is gorgeous. The funk soul elements perfectly complement the kicks added by Just Blaze.
A little known fact is that Black Moon sampled the song a few years ago, on their track “Stay Real”. So it’s very doubtful that the boy from Just Blaze overheard the original Little Boy Blues record out of nowhere.
The quote sample sandwiched between verse 1 and 2 is from poet Millie Jackson.
The black album was billed as Jay-Z’s latest album. It was an almost perfect album, the musical equivalent of the winner of Jordan’s match against Byron Scott as he walked away into the sunset. And “Public Service Announcement” was featured among it all. It was the end of a career where Jay-Z proved his dominance against some of the best of all time, being tested time and time again. Just like Brady. When a song is this good, it doesn’t need a hook.
And his last line on the song couldn’t be more fitting – “Love me or leave me alone”
ps- Danger Mouse Beatles mash-up is also unreal