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Album: The Black Album (2003)

Songfacts®:

  • This is a track from American rapper Jay-Z's eighth LP, The Black Album. The song was produced by Just Blaze and samples "Seed of Love" by Little Boy Blues.
  • Both Clipse's "Number One Supplier" and Beanie Sigel's "All the Above" borrow lines from this song.
  • Jay-Z wrote the second verse of this track after a journalist went over the top in interpreting the symbolism in one of Hova's outfits. He recalled to MTV News: "The second verse of 'PSA' may not have that many hidden jewels in [it], but the story behind why I wrote the second verse is pretty interesting. It's sort of that look on rap, how this writer had written this article about me wearing this Che Guevara shirt [with a] Jesus piece, and she was like, 'The Jesus piece is hitting his head,' and I was like, 'You're going a little too far. It's a T-shirt and a chain. It's not literally hitting his forehead. That [experience] inspired the entire verse. 'I'm like Che Guevara with bling on, I'm complex.'"

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