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Jay Z's Mysterious 'B-Sides' Show Backdrop Explained

Here's why Jay Z went with the I-95 backdrop.

Jay Z's back-to-back "B-Sides" shows this weekend gave us many memorable moments.

There was a surprising freestyle, a touching Chinx tribute and a Roc-A-Fella reunion of sorts. With all of that greatness going on, there was one backdrop item -- an Interstate 95 sign -- that some may have overlooked. But the legendary DJ Clark Kent took notice.

"Last night, my man Jay Z killed 'The B-Sides' show," Clark, who's produced classic Hov tracks, said on Instagram Sunday. "There were plenty of great moments. But, for us, nothing was better than seeing this sign on stage.


"Before I could search, find, and convince Jay to get to the music, this was the way, the road, the route to the paper," Kent continued. "It was the main reason Jay didn't want to rap. But, once I talked enough, we started to work.

"One of the first songs was named '95 South,'" Clark added. "It quickly became our unofficial theme song. It was so important to us. We made a second version. As soon as I saw the sign on stage, I could hear every one of the six verses. Might not have meant to much to those of you that saw the show, but, to us, it was everything. Just look at how far you can go on '95 South.' You killed it, homie. 'Make way from NY to VA. It's time to get the hustle on! #95South."

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Jigga makes a reference to 95 South -- a highway that runs down the east coast of the States -- on "Feelin' It," a standout off his celebrated debut album Reasonable Doubt.

"Ya feelin' it?" he rhymes on the track. "To all the girls that bought a girdle to conceal my bricks / No doubt, they can vouch, my life is real as sh-t / 95 South and papi on The Hill and sh-t / And all the towns like Cambridge that I killed with sh-t."

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In "Jay-Z: Decoded," Hov discusses I-95 while breaking down "99 Problems," a "fictional" track that he says was "based on a true story."

"Our hero here is riding dirty, road-tripping down the turnpike from somewhere farther north, which is how things worked back in the eighties and early nineties," Jay wrote in the book. "New York guys had better connects and opened up drug markets down the I-95 corridor. It was one of the factors that made coke money so thick in New York during that time period."