Izzo (H.O.V.A.)

Izzo (H.O.V.A.)

JAY-Z

As the first single from his classic The Blueprint album, “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” was Hov’s very first top-10 showing on the Billboard “Hot 100” chart.

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 track’s lyrics “H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A” use the -izzle language code – invented by E-40 and popularized by Snoop Dogg – to spell out “H.O.V.A.” which refers to one of Jay-Z’s nicknames, “Hova”, which is play on God’s name (as in “Jehovah”, aka “Yahweh” aka “Hashem”)

Kanye talked about making of the track on his 2006 MTV interview: