Jay-Z ft. Rihanna and Kanye West, “Run This Town”

24 Jul

From Nate at the Nahfather.

This was scheduled to play on all hip hop stations this morning at 9:11.

Jay-Z feat. Kanye West & Rihanna – Run This Town | Clean

Props to Half.

UPDATE: Mastered/Dirty/CDQ [MP3 via Mr. X]

Mister Kanye To The on the beat.

This song does not impress on the first listen. Hit replay and let the layered drums, vicious bass loop, clean piano, vocal accents, and low synths that creep in under Kanye’s verse sink in, and it’s hard to come to a conclusion that this is anything but fierce.

Jay’s not saying much new, with references to Rakim, spades, a luxury clothing line, and his buyback of his album on the topics list, and he’s not saying it in mind-blowing terms; for this reason, Kanye’s the star lyricist of the track, ripping off “What you think I rap for? To push a fuckin’ Rav 4″ with malice and spitting that killer mood ring line.

But the attraction is Ri-Ri. She’s in faux-soul mode, the hustler’s chanteuse, only this is a darker, slower version of the “Live Your Life” hook. And even with her limited range, she makes a single syllable repeated sound like an instrument. She stole the show, and she’s what’s going to make this song a hit: The mournful, dark march here wouldn’t be an anthem without her talents.

Lyrics:

(Rihanna)
Feel it coming in the air
Hear the screams from everywhere
I’m addicted to the the thrill
It’s a dangerous love affair
Can’t be scared when it goes down
Got a problem, tell me now
Only thing that’s on my mind
Is who gon’ run this town tonight
Is who gon’ run this town tonight
We gon’ run this town

(Jay-Z)
We are, yeah, I said it, we are
This is Roc Nation, pledge your allegiance
Get y’all fatigues on, all black everything
Black cards, black cars, all black everything
And our girls are Blackbirds, riding with they Dillingers
I get more in Depp if you boys really real enough
This is La Familia, I’ll explain later
But for now, let me get back to this paper
I’m a couple bands down and I’m tryna get back
I gave Doug a grip, I lost a flip for five stacks
Yeah, I’m talking five comma six zeroes dot zero, here girl
Back to running circles ’round niggas, now we squared up
Hold up

(Rihanna)
Life’s a game but it’s not fair
I break the rules so I don’t care
So I keep doing my own thing
Walking tall against the rain
Victory’s within the mile
Almost there, don’t give up now
Only thing that’s on my mind
Is who gon’ run this town tonight
Hey-ey-ey-ey-ey-ey, ey-ey-ey-ey
Hey-ey-ey-ey-ey-ey, ey-ey-ey-ey
Who gon’ run this town tonight?

(Jay-Z)
We are, yeah, I said it, we are
You can call me Caesar, in a dark caesar
Please follow the leader, so Eric B. we are
Microphone fiend, it’s the return of the God, peace, God
And ain’t nobody fresher
I’m in Maison, uh, Martin Margiela
On the table, screaming fuck the other side, they jealous
We got a banquette full of broads, they got a table full of fellas
(Ewww) And they ain’t spendin’ no cake
They should throw they hand in, ’cause they ain’t got no spades
(Ewww) My whole team got dough
So my Bankhead is lookin’ like Millionaires’ Row
(Ewww)

(Rihanna)
Life’s a game but it’s not fair
I break the rules so I don’t care
So I keep doing my own thing
Walking tall against the rain
Victory’s within the mile
Almost there, don’t give up now
Only thing that’s on my mind
Is who gon’ run this town tonight
Hey-ey-ey-ey-ey-ey, ey-ey-ey-ey
Hey-ey-ey-ey-ey-ey, ey-ey-ey-ey
Who gon’ run this town tonight?

(Kanye West)
It’s crazy how you can go from being Joe Blow
To everybody on your dick, no homo
I bought my whole family whips, no Volvos
Next time I’m in church, please no photos
Police escorts, everybody passports
This the life that everybody ask for
This a fast life, we are on a crash course
What you think I rap for? To push a fuckin’ RAV4?
But I know that if I stay stunting
All these girls only gon’ want one thing
I could spend my whole life good will hunting
Only good gon’ come is it’s good when I’m coming
She got an ass that’ll swallow up her G-string
And up top, uh, two bee stings
And I’m beasting, off the Riesling
And my nigga just made it out the precinct
We give a damn about the drama that you do bring
I’m just tryna change the color on your mood ring
Reebok, baby, you need to try some new things
Have you ever had shoes without shoestrings?
What’s that, Ye? Baby, these heels
Is that a May-what? Baby, these wheels
You trippin’ when you ain’t sippin’, have a refill
You feelin’ like you run it, huh?
Now you know how we feel

(Jay-Z)
Wha’sup?

(Rihanna)
Hey-ey-ey-ey-ey-ey, ey-ey-ey-ey
Hey-ey-ey-ey-ey-ey, ey-ey-ey-ey

(Jay-Z)
Wha’sup?

(Rihanna)
Hey-ey-ey-ey-ey-yeah, ey-ey-ey-yeah
Hey-ey-ey-ey-ey-yeah
We gon’ run this town tonight

(Jay-Z)
Wha’sup?

5 Responses to “Jay-Z ft. Rihanna and Kanye West, “Run This Town””

  1. bill hussle July 24, 2009 at 10:43 AM #

    Im pretty sure Ye says 2 bee stings, not beach things

    • Rockabye July 24, 2009 at 11:04 AM #

      You’re right. Thanks.

      Strange phrasing, though.

  2. Ryan July 24, 2009 at 11:26 AM #

    Also, pretty sure Ye says, “And I’m beasting, off the Rie-sling” (the wine)

    • Rockabye July 24, 2009 at 11:46 AM #

      Yeah, that works, too. Thanks.

      I’m glad people call me on these things. I’m only transcribing the best I can.

  3. Photoelectric Smoke Detector December 3, 2010 at 3:46 AM #

    you could just listen to the beat of those high bass from Rap songs, i just like rap songs ,`.

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