Much of this song is based on the movie Carlito's Way. Jay-Z, who often revefers to himself as Hov, makes a reference to this in the line, "starring role in Hovito's Way."
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This was produced by the Neptunes. Speaking on Jay's Life + Times blog, Pharrell Williams explained how he wanted to give Jay an "emotional" record in the same vein as his two "Dead Presidents" cuts. "With 'Allure,' I just wanted to hear him rhyme over something emotional, because he killed 'Dead Presidents'… one and two," he said. "He's crazy with a crazy sick night club record, but when he goes emotional, it's unbelievable. It's like he connects with a couple past lives."