Jay-Z frequently gives one-word concrete answers.
When asked what he and Beyonce do together, he replied: "Eat."
If you ever read his lyrics, there is nothing remotely metaphorical, or abstract about them.
They are concrete, and experiential.
Some are even indicative of an actual conversation with other people.
Case in point:
Good dude - I know you love me like cooked food
Even though a nigga got move like a crook move
We was together on the block since free lunch
We shoulda been together havin 4 Seasons brunch
We used to use umbrellas to face the bad weather
So now we travel first class to change the forecast
Never in bunches, just me and you
I loved your point of view cause you held no punches
Still I left you for months on end
It's been months since I checked back in
Well somewhere in a small town, somewhere lockin a mall down
Woodgrain, four and change, Armor All'd down
I can understand why you want a divorce now
Though I can't let you know it, pride won't let me show it
Pretend to be heroic, that's just one to grow with
But deep inside a nigga so sick.
On repeat, the CD of Big's "Me and My Bitch"
Watchin Bonnie and Clyde, pretendin to be that shit
Empty gun in your hand sayin, "Let me see that clip"
Shoppin sprees, pull out your Visa quick
A nigga had very bad credit, you helped me lease that whip
You helped me get the keys to that V dot 6
We was so happy poor but when we got rich
That's when our signals got crossed, and we got flipped
Like I said--concrete and experiential.
Who would say something like this?
“I had no aspirations, no plans, no goals, no back-up goals."
So we know we are not dealing with a planner, and certainly not a contingency planner.
J is out.
We are dealing with an adapter.
One who can fly by the seat of his pants.
But then he has said as much in his interviews.
The guy doesn't plan, he "promotes."
" [...] it was clear how he promotes all his products."
" [...] then he promoted all the rappers on his label."
Promoters aren't strategists, and strategists aren't promoters.
I still say he's SP.
You and I can agree to disagree.