Gotta Have It

Album: Watch The Throne (2011)
Charted: 69
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • This Neptunes produced track is one of several on Watch The Throne that addresses black on black violence.
  • The song contains samples from three different James Brown's tracks: "Don't Tell A Lie About Me and I Won't Tell The Truth About You," "People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul" and "Your Thang."
  • When Jay-Z raps, "I'm planking on a million," he's referring to the planking craze that was big at the time where people would lie face down in strange places and have someone take their picture. Always looking for new ways to express his wealth, Jay found a way to do it with the latest internet meme.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Bill Withers

Bill WithersSongwriter Interviews

Soul music legend Bill Withers on how life experience and the company you keep leads to classic songs like "Lean On Me."

Emilio Castillo from Tower of Power

Emilio Castillo from Tower of PowerSongwriter Interviews

Emilio talks about what it's like to write and perform with the Tower of Power horns, and why every struggling band should have a friend like Huey Lewis.

John Parr

John ParrSongwriter Interviews

John tells the "St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" story and explains why he disappeared for so long.

Rufus Wainwright

Rufus WainwrightSongwriter Interviews

Rufus Wainwright on "Hallelujah," his album Unfollow The Rules, and getting into his "lyric trance" on 12-hour walks.

Sarah Brightman

Sarah BrightmanSongwriter Interviews

One of the most popular classical vocalists in the land is lining up a trip to space, which is the inspiration for many of her songs.

Mark Arm of Mudhoney

Mark Arm of MudhoneySongwriter Interviews

When he was asked to write a song for the Singles soundtrack, Mark thought the Seattle grunge scene was already overblown, so that's what he wrote about.