Jay Z performed back-to-back TIDAL X shows this weekend (May 16, 17) with the same backdrop – an Interstate 95 South sign.
DJ Clark Kent took to Instagram to explain that 95 was the interstate that Jay Z would use to transport drugs during his dealing days.
“Before I could search, find, and convince Jay to get to the music, this was the way, the road, the route to the paper,” DJ Clark Kent wrote in an Instagram post Sunday (May 17), in regard to the I-95 backdrop.
DJ Clark Kent also says that one of Jay Z’s early songs was called “95 South.”
Jay Z claimed that he sold drugs before his rap career took off during an interview with Vanity Fair.
In 1996, he mentioned the road on “Feelin’ It,” a cut from his 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 shit / 95 South and papi on The Hill and shit / And all the towns like Cambridge that I killed with shit.”
DJ Clark Kent’s Instagram post is as follows:
Last night, my man Jay-Z / @s_c_official killed “The B-Sides” show. There were plenty of great moments. But, for US, nothing was better than seeing this sign on stage. Probably didn’t mean much to many, but, there were a group of US that loved this one feature. Before I could search, find, and convince Jay to get to the music, this was the way, the road, the route to the paper. 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”. It quickly became OUR un-official 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 6 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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