For someone taking his time putting together his next album, [artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist] sure is keeping busy.
A new song by the rapper surfaced online Tuesday afternoon (January 27) called "When the Money Goes." The breezy track features Hov posing a number of questions to his mate about her commitment to him, should he face a turn for the worse.
"When the money goes/ Will the honey stay/ When the gray skies replace the sunny days/ Heeeey," he repeats on the song's chorus.
Throughout the track he asks if he were locked up, would "she accept the collect call?" Or would she still ride for him if there weren't any more trips to the Gucci store? The concept is similar to [artist id="860639"]50 Cent's[/artist] "21 Questions."
"I ain't asking you to do a life bid with me/ I don't want you to die for me, baby, live with me/ I'm just saying when the going gets rough, don't forget all the shine at the time when I was showing up/ Show me the same love you showed me when I was blowing up/ You told me it was Roc for life, throw it up," Jay raps during the last verse.
The Roc-A-Fella rapper recently revealed to MTV News that he's taking his time recording his next album, The Blueprint 3. In the past, Jay's made a habit of releasing an album every year. But American Gangster, his last project, was released in 2007 — he didn't follow up with an album in 2008, saying there wasn't any pressure to produce a project.
"For me, the process of making an album is difficult with so many things going on," Jay said backstage at his Eve of Change show. "And me, I wanna make it beyond and above. I'm gonna take my time with it. I don't have any quotas, and that's a good thing. It may be too freeing. It's a good thing and a bad thing. You know, I think I need some restrictions. 'Cause if I had restrictions, I would have done it in three weeks. I would have made what I believe to be a great piece of art."
As of press time, there's no word whether "When the Money Goes" will appear on The Blueprint 3 or if it's slated for another project.
A representative for Def Jam, Jay-Z's recording home, had no comment on the track when contacted by MTV News.