"Zero," Jay-Z said on Friday about the amount of influence Toni Braxton's "Me and My Boyfriend" had on the making of his " '03 Bonnie & Clyde," which features Beyoncé Knowles.
Both songs use music and lyrics from Tupac's "Me and My Girlfriend," and last week Braxton publicly accused Jigga of stealing her idea to take from Pac's musical love story of a man and his gun (see "Deja Feud: Jay-Z, Toni Braxton Tracks Sample Same Tupac Song"). Members of the Roc-A-Fella family quickly came to Jay's defense (see "Jay-Z Camp Refutes Toni Braxton's Tupac-Biting Claims") and now Mr. H-to-the-Izzo tells his side of the story.
"If I heard Toni Braxton's record, my thing is, I would want to be on it with her," he explained. "I wouldn't want to take it from her. I don't even think like that. My first thought would be, 'Maybe I could call her up, maybe I could get on that record.' The most obvious [explanation] is it's neither one of our records. It's not like you made an original idea. She's not in hip-hop, but it happens in hip-hop often. We go to sample the same thing and my record came out first. I'm sorry. What can I do?"
Jay was off to Miami over the weekend to shoot a commercial for his November 12 release, Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse. From October 26 to 30, he and Beyoncé will be in Mexico to shoot the video for " '03 Bonnie & Clyde" with director Chris Robinson. The clip will be loosely based on one of Jay's favorite movies, 1993's "True Romance," which starred Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette as two lovers on the run from cocaine dealers.
Jay has released another song from Blueprint 2 to the mixshow and mixtape DJs called "Hovi Baby." At a listening session last week in New York (see "Jay-Z Album Preview: Hova Ups The Ante With Blueprint 2"), Jay said it was his "barbershop argument" song. On the cut, Jay tells why he is not to be messed with on the mic.
— Shaheem Reid, with additional reporting by Sway Calloway