Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake’s “Holy Grail” Lyrics Breakdown: Is Being Famous Fun?

Jay Z Holy Grail Lyrics

Posted by on 07/10/2013 at 4:33 PM Lyrics, News

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Is being a famous person fun? In most of Jay-Z’s music it sounds fun—the “Big Pimpin’” music would lose much of its effect if it took place at, say, a Wal-Mart—but on his latest, “Holy Grail,” Jay makes a late grab at the Hollywood sadcore that’s previously been the domain of Drake. While he’s still celebrating the good life, Jay seems ambivalent whether being a celebrity is good for him as a person. Let’s run down the pros and cons of being the world’s most famous rapper, as outlined by “Holy Grail.”

PRO: Your infant daughter is already dissing haters at a third-grade level:

Blue told me remind you niggas
Fuck that shit y’all talking bout

CON: You may end up like MC Hammer:

Caught up in all these lights and cameras
But look what that shit did to Hammer

PRO: You may find yourself infatuated by all the attention:

Goddammit it I like it
Bright lights is enticing

CON: You may also end up like Mike Tyson:

But look what it did to Tyson
All that money in one night
Thirty mill for one fight
But soon as all the money blows
All the pigeons take flight

CON: You may find yourself anthropomorphizing the concept of fame, turning it into a devilish seductress straight out of a detective novel:

Fuck the fame, keep cheating on me
What I do, I took her back, fool me twice
That’s my bad, I can’t even blame her for that
Enough to make me wanna murder

PRO: You have enough clout to talk Courtney Love into letting you sample Nirvana:

And we all just entertainers
And we’re stupid and contagious
And we all just entertainers

CON: The demands of fans and media make it virtually impossible to lead a normal life:

Now I got tattoos on my body, psycho bitches in my lobby
I got haters in the paper, photo shoots with paparazzi
Can’t even take my daughter for a walk
See ‘em by the corner store, I feel like I’m cornered off

PRO: You can say dumb stuff like “I’m going to stop being famous” while knowing no one will hold you to it:

Enough is enough, I’m calling this off
Who the fuck I’m kidding though

PRO: You get to hang in fancy cars with add-ons denied to the common man :

I’m getting high, sitting low
Sliding by in that big body
Curtains all in my window
This fame hurt but this chain works

PRO: Your job isn’t actually that hard compared to the average American’s:

I think back you asked the same person
If this is all you had to deal with
Nigga deal with, this shit ain’t work
This light work
Camera snapping, my eyes hurt
Niggas dying back where I was birthed

PRO: The good things in your life generally outweigh the bad:

Fuck your IRIS and the IRS
Get the hell up off your high horse
You got the shit that niggas die for, dry yours
Why you mad, take the good with the bad
Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water

PRO: You’re not dead yet:

You still alive, still that nigga
Nigga you survived
You still getting bigger nigga
Living the life, vanilla wafers
In a villa, illest nigga alive

VERDICT: Being famous sucks, but it could be worse: You could be (gasp) not famous!

The full lyrics are below. You can listen to the song at the bottom of the post!

[Justin Timberlake]
You’d take the clothes off my back
And I’d let you
You’d steal the food right out my mouth
And I’d watch you eat it
I still don’t know why, why I love you so much, ohh
You curse my name, in spite to put me to shame
Have my laundry in the streets, dirty or clean
Give it up for fame
But I still don’t know why, why I love it so much

And baby, it’s amazing I’m in this maze with you
I just can’t crack your code
One day you screaming your love aloud
The next day you’re so cold
One day you here, one day you there, one day you care
You’re so unfair
Sipping from your cup till it runneth over
Holy Grail

[Jay-Z]
Blue told me remind you niggas
Fuck that shit y’all talking bout
I’m the nigga
Caught up in all these lights and cameras
But look what that shit did to Hammer
Goddammit it I like it
Bright lights is enticing
But look what it did to Tyson
All that money in one night
Thirty mill for one fight
But soon as all the money blows
All the pigeons take flight
Fuck the fame, keep cheating on me
What I do, I took her back, fool me twice
That’s my bad, I can’t even blame her for that
Enough to make me wanna murder
Momma please just get my bail
I know nobody to blame
Kurt Cobain, I did it to myself

[Both]
And we all just entertainers
And we’re stupid and contagious
And we all just entertainers

[Justin Timberlake]
And baby, it’s amazing I’m in this maze with you
I just can’t crack your code
One day you screaming your love aloud
The next day you’re so cold
One day you here, one day you there, one day you care
You’re so unfair
Sipping from your cup till it runneth over
Holy Grail

[Jay-Z]
Now I got tattoos on my body, psycho bitches in my lobby
I got haters in the paper, photo shoots with paparazzi
Can’t even take my daughter for a walk
See ‘em by the corner store, I feel like I’m cornered off
Enough is enough, I’m calling this off
Who the fuck I’m kidding though
I’m getting high, sitting low
Sliding by in that big body
Curtains all in my window
This fame hurt but this chain works
I think back you asked the same person
If this is all you had to deal with
Nigga deal with, this shit ain’t work
This light work
Camera snapping, my eyes hurt
Niggas dying back where I was birthed
Fuck your IRIS and the IRS
Get the hell up off your high horse
You got the shit that niggas die for, dry yours
Why you mad, take the good with the bad
Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water
You still alive, still that nigga
Nigga you survived
You still getting bigger nigga
Living the life, vanilla wafers
In a villa, illest nigga alive
Michael Jackson’s Thriller

[Justin Timberlake]
And baby, it’s amazing I’m in this maze with you
I just can’t crack your code
One day you screaming your love aloud
The next day you’re so cold
One day you here, one day you there, one day you care
You’re so unfair
Sipping from your cup till it runneth over
Holy Grail

You get the air out my lungs whenever you need it
And you take the blade right out my heart
Just so you can watch me bleeding
I still don’t know why
Why I love you so much, yeah
And you play this game in spite to drive me insane
I got it tattooed on my sleeve forever in ink with guess whose name
But I still don’t know why
Why our love is so much

And baby, it’s amazing I’m in this maze with you
I just can’t crack your code
One day you screaming your love aloud
The next day you’re so cold
One day you here, one day you there, one day you care
You’re so unfair
Sipping from your cup till it runneth over
Holy Grail

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