Izzo (H.O.V.A.)

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"Izzo (H.O.V.A.)"
Single by Jay-Z
from the album The Blueprint
ReleasedAugust 21, 2001
FormatCD
Recorded2001
GenreHip hop, East Coast hip hop
Length4:00
LabelRoc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Writer(s)S. Carter, K. West, A. Mizell, B. Gordy, D. Richards, F. Perren, Alex Horn
Producer(s)Kanye West
Jay-Z singles chronology
"Guilty Until Proven Innocent"
(2001)
"Izzo (H.O.V.A.)"
(2001)
"Girls, Girls, Girls"
(2001)
 
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"Izzo (H.O.V.A.)"
Single by Jay-Z
from the album The Blueprint
ReleasedAugust 21, 2001
FormatCD
Recorded2001
GenreHip hop, East Coast hip hop
Length4:00
LabelRoc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Writer(s)S. Carter, K. West, A. Mizell, B. Gordy, D. Richards, F. Perren, Alex Horn
Producer(s)Kanye West
Jay-Z singles chronology
"Guilty Until Proven Innocent"
(2001)
"Izzo (H.O.V.A.)"
(2001)
"Girls, Girls, Girls"
(2001)
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"Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" (often referred to as "H to the Izzo") is the first single released by Jay-Z from his sixth album The Blueprint. It is among his most popular singles. This was the second song released off The Blueprint, after the diss track "Takeover", but the lead single from it. The song reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. It was Jay-Z's first top 10 single as a lead artist.[1]

The song, produced by Kanye West, prominently features a sample of "I Want You Back" by The Jackson 5, the second major hit in 2001 to sample that song (after "My Baby" by Lil' Romeo).

The music video takes place in New York City with Jay-Z, Damon Dash, Biggs, & other affiliates on a Roc-A-Fella parade float which features cameo appearances from Kanye West, Destiny's Child, Trina, Eve, Nelly, and OutKast.

Lyrics[edit]

The first verse deals with the rapper's early career as a drug dealer, including his escape from conviction. The second verse narrates his struggles with the exploitative recording industry, while in the last verse he reverts to his childhood growing up in the Marcy Houses housing projects.

The song's lyrics "H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A" use the -izzle language code to spell out HOVA. which refers to a pseudonym given to himself ("Jayhova") for his self-proclaimed status as the god of MC's, a reference to Jehovah.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 1008
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks4
U.S. Billboard Rap Singles7
Dutch Singles Chart69
Swiss Singles Chart3
UK Singles Chart21

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/jay-z-mn0000224257/awards

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