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"This is what tomorrow is," Jay declares as the first verse ends. "Welcome to tomorrow, bi---!"
"Whatever you about to discover, we off that," Drake testifies on the chorus. "You about to tell her you love her, we off that/ Always wanna fight in the club, we off that/ But you can't bring the future back/ Y'all steady chasing the fame, we off that/ Oversized clothes and chains, we off that/ N---as still making it rain, we off that/ 'Cause you can't bring the future back."
"Please tell Bill O'Reilly to fall back," Hov raps near the top of the second verse. "Tell Rush Limbaugh to get off my b---s, it's 2010, not 1864/ We come so far ... How's that for a mix?/ Got a black president, got green presidents/ Blueprint's in my white iPod, black diamonds in my Jesus piece, my God."
Timbo keeps the beat fast paced on a European-techno hip-hop vibe. Last year, Timbaland told MTV News of the grand plans he had for Jay's album.
"We wanna go to the world," he divulged last July. "The world is 'Big Pimpin'.' 'Big Pimpin' ' is an international hit, so we wanna do 10 of those — meaning, some of the songs gonna sound like M.I.A. would rap on some of the beats. You gonna be like, 'Whoa!' But it's Jay on 'em. That means it reaches everywhere. I'mma have songs with bagpipes. The music is gonna be so worldwide, he'll be able to tour the rest of his life, maybe, off just this one album. The Jay-Z album is gonna be phenomenal. You know why? We don't care. We're doing great music just to do it. We doing it for our fans who love us to say we ain't quit. I'm doing it 'cause that's my homeboy."
On the LP, Tim shares production work with the likes of Swizz Beatz, No I.D., the Neptunes and, of course, Kanye West, who helmed the majority of the opus.
Jay is expected to announce a September 11 concert at New York's Madison Square Garden to celebrate his album's release. He will also perform at MTV's Video Music Awards on September 13.
The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards will take place September 13 at 9 p.m. ET. Additional celebrity presenters and performers will be announced in the coming weeks. To be the first to find out the inside scoop, follow the Inside MTV Twitter account at Twitter.com/InsideMTV.