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On “Tom Ford,” a track off Jay-Z’s just-released album Magna Carta Holy Grail, Hov raps:

“Spent all my euros on tuxes and weird cloths, I party with weirdoes.”

So when Jay raps “weirdoes,” who exactly is he talking about? 

It ain’t rappers, because you don’t really see Jay mingle with them anymore. It’s folks in the indie rock, movie and art world.

You can hear the vast number of influences on Magna Carta. Specifically, Jay makes a ton of art and rock references.

Scroll down to see every single one he makes. 

“Holy Grail”

“Kurt Cobain, I did it to myself”

“And we all just entertainers (x2)

And we’re stupid, and contagious” taken from Nirvana’s “Smell Like Teen Spirit” 

  • “You still getting bigger nigga
  • Living the life
  • Vanilla wafers
  • In a villa
  • Illest nigga alive
  • Michael Jackson, Thriller

“Picasso Baby” 

  • “I just want a Picasso, in my casa
  • No, my castle”

“I wanna Rothko, no I wanna brothel”

“Jeff Koons balloons, I just wanna blow up”

“I’m the new Jean Michel”

“Surrounded by Warhols”

“Leonardo Da Vinci flows”

“Sleeping every night next to Mona Lisa”

“Spray everything like SAMO”

“FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt” 

Pimp C talking:

  • “Little over a year ago I was in bondage
  • And now I’m back out here reaping the blessings
  • And getting the benefits that go along with it
  • Everything that’s out here for kings like us
  • The reason why we like this this jewelry and this diamonds and stuff
  • They don’t understand is because we really from Africa
  • And that’s where all this stuff come from
  • And we originated from kings, you know what I’m saying
  • So don’t look down on the youngsters
  • Because they wanna have shiny things
  • It’s in our genes, know what I’m saying
  • We just don’t all know our history so…”

Oceans” 

  • “On the holiday playing “Strange Fruit”
  • If I’mma make it to a billi I can’t take the same route”
  • “Shepard Fairey they finally gave me some hope
  • Can’t believe they got a nigga to vote”

Somewhereinamerica” 

  • “Frank Sinatra on my Sonos
  • Loud as fuck I did it my way”

“Miley Cyrus is still twerkin’”

“Heaven” 

  • “That’s me in the coAnnotaterner
  • That’s me in the spotlight
  • Losing my religion”

taken from R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion.”

“Part II (On The Run)”

  • “I’m an outlaw, got an outlaw chick
  • Bumping 2Pac, on my outlaw shit”

BBC

  • “Bucket hat EPMD cassettes
  • Now I’m smoking loud in Ibiza”
  • “What you know about going out, head west
  • Maybach3 TV’s all up in the headrest
  • Mase niggas at Madison Square Garden”

“Rope chains, Rakim and Eric B”

“It’s Britney bitch”

“Jay-Z Blue”


  • “My baby getting chubby
  • Cue that Stevie Wonder music, aww isn’t she lovely
  • Now I’m staring at praying that things don’t get ugly”

“La Familia”

  • “Alpo bought his bricks here
  • Elvis got his records took”

“Nickels and Dimes”

“Between beauty and beast, I walk the line Johnny Cash, I’m a real G”

“Can’t see it taking food out my little monster’s mouth/That will drive me gaga”

“‘Fore Mr. Belafonte come and chop a nigga down/Mr. Day O, major fail”

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