|Single by Jay-Z|
|from the album The Blueprint|
|Released||August 21, 2001|
|Genre||East Coast hip hop|
|Jay-Z singles chronology|
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"Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" (often referred to as "H to the Izzo") is the first single released by Jay-Z from his sixth album The Blueprint. It is among his most popular singles. This was the second song released off The Blueprint, after the diss track "Takeover", but the lead single from it. The song reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. It was Jay-Z's first top 10 single as a lead artist.
Jay-Z premiered the song, live, at the inaugural BET Awards on June 19th, 2001. Originally Kanye West gave the beat to Cam'ron for his Roc-A-Fella Records debut album Come Home with Me, but when Jay-Z heard it he took it and put it on his album. This gave Cam'ron ill will towards Jay and would be the starting point of what led to their feud.
The music video takes place in New York City with Jay-Z, Damon Dash, Biggs, & other affiliates on a Roc-A-Fella parade float which features cameo appearances from Kanye West, Destiny's Child, Trina, Eve, Nelly, and OutKast.
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 housing projects.
The song's lyrics "H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A" use the -izzle language code to spell out HOVA, which refers to a pseudonym given to himself ("Jayhova") for his self-proclaimed status as the god of MCs, a reference to Jehovah.
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||69|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||3|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||21|
|US Billboard Hot 100||8|
|US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)||4|
|US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)||7|
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- "Swisscharts.com – Jay-Z – Izzo (H.O.V.A.)". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
- "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
- "Jay-Z Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
- "Jay-Z Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
- "Jay-Z Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
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