One of the most anticipated tracks off Drake’s Scorpion album was the JAY-Z assisted “Talk Up.” Now that the project has officially dropped, fans were eager to hear what JAY—Drake’s on-and-off again foe—had to say on the DJ Paul-produced record.
Hov handles the track’s third verse, addressing everything from his come-up to politics to XXXTentacion’s recent death. That’s right, JAY briefly referenced the late rapper in the following lines: “I got your president tweeting/I won't even met with him/Y'all killed X and let Zimmerman live/Streets is done.”
X was fatally shot last week after he left a motorsport dealership in South Florida.
JAY also mentions George Zimmerman, the man who gunned down unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin in 2012. Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter the following year, which resulted in nationwide protests.
JAY has since become a prominent supporter of Trayvon’s family, and has used his platform to shed light on the case.
“We want to make sure that we stand and support and we never forget [that] Trayvon serves as a beacon of light to the people out here, so you guys never have to go through the pain and hurt that these guys went through,” JAY said at the sixth annual Peace Walk & Peace Talk rally. “His name will sit alongside some of the greats whom lost their life to push our culture forward—the Martin Luther Kings, the Ghandis; that’s the intention that we set, that his name serves as a beacon of light and hope, and pushes us into a better direction.”