The album American Gangster was inspired by the movie of the same name starring Denzel Washington as the notorious drug lord Frank Lucas. In this song, Jay-Z raps about his own past as a drug dealer, and how he hustled his way to the top.
The Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo) produced this track. Pharrell also sings the hook, which is taken from En Vouge's "Hold On."
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"Blue Magic" is a potent form of heroin that Lucas sold. At the end of the video, directed by Hype Williams, there is a clip from American Gangster where Denzel Washington (as Frank Lucas), explains that he turned "Blue Magic" into a brand name. Jay-Z is big on this kind of marketing, as he created an empire based on various brands he created.
Randy from Trenton, NjIn the song Jay-Z states the following. It's '87 state of mind that I'm in (mind that I'm in) In my prime, so for that time, I'm Rakim (I'm Rakim) A shout out to Rakim a rapper that popularized the stle known as internal rhymeing. that know is considered a rap standard. i have never actually listen but have wikied him and is shouted out by many rappers and is considered one of the lyrically best. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rakim