On Wednesday (Aug. 30), JAY-Z shared a new poem on Tidal called “Dream. On.” complete with a visual that harks back to 5C, the apartment he grew up in at Marcy Houses. You can watch the visual above. The 90-second video itself is a gentle look around a humble apartment, filled with long shots of period details such as an old TV, boombox, and ornaments alongside peeling wallpaper and a basketball.
“I’m from where dreaming ain’t allowed, especially when you dreaming aloud/Enough to dream your self esteem into clouds/It takes tears, sweat, blood, five CCs/’Cuz I know what a kid in apartment 5C seed/Heaven knows all I had was hella hope, speed dating with destiny, I couldn’t tell her nope/When I first saw stars, television was my telescope/For me, something that could see me free was a bar/Through diamonds in the sky that never came down, now that’s a star/My vision was big enough to get me out of the space, I wanted to pass how far I see/I wondered could a kid from Mars see, a kid from Marcy,” spits Jay during the poem. Just last week, Tidal shared part two of Elliott Wilson and B. Dot’s interview with Hov, where he talks about squashing past rap beefs, the death of Prodigy, and much more.
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