Thank You

Album: The Blueprint 3 (2009)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • This is one of only three tracks on The Blueprint 3 where Jay-Z goes solo without a guest artist.
  • On this song Jay-Z is thanking his fans for supporting him.
  • On this track, Jay-Z raps, "just got 10 #1 albums Maybe now 11." Of the Brooklyn MC's 10 official solo albums released prior to this one, the last 8 reached #1. Adding his #1 collaboration sets with R Kelly and Linkin Park, that brings him to 10 #1 albums.
  • This contains excerpts from "Ele E Ela" by Brazilian singer-songwriter Marcos Valle.
  • This is one of a number of tracks on The Blueprint 3 album where the word "ni--er" can be heard. The Guardian September 12, 2009 asked Jay-Z if he thought twice about using the controversial word. The rapper replied, shaking his head: "It's not an issue for me at all. I think people give words power and a racist is a racist; if you eliminate the word 'ni--er' he'll say 'monkey' or 'jigaboo'. What we had done in hip-hop is we defused the power of the word and changed it into a term of endearment. I know a lot of people don't buy that but that's just what you have to accept."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Dean Pitchford

Dean PitchfordSongwriter Interviews

Dean wrote the screenplay and lyrics to all the songs in Footloose. His other hits include "Fame" and "All The Man That I Need."

Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, Heaven And Hell

Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, Heaven And HellSongwriter Interviews

Guitarist Tony Iommi on the "Iron Man" riff, the definitive Black Sabbath song, and how Ozzy and Dio compared as songwriters.

Eric Burdon

Eric BurdonSongwriter Interviews

The renown rock singer talks about "The House of the Rising Sun" and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood."

Gavin Rossdale of Bush

Gavin Rossdale of BushSongwriter Interviews

On the "schizoid element" of his lyrics, and a famous line from "Everything Zen."

Billy Steinberg - "Like A Virgin"

Billy Steinberg - "Like A Virgin"They're Playing My Song

The first of Billy's five #1 hits was the song that propelled Madonna to stardom. You'd think that would get you a backstage pass, wouldn't you?

Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket

Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet SprocketSongwriter Interviews

The "All I Want" singer went through a long depression, playing some shows when he didn't want to be alive.