Jay-Z + Kanye West, ‘Why I Love You’ Feat. Mr. Hudson – Song Review
Mr. Hudson, who had a starring role in Jay-Z's 'Young Forever,' duets with a sample from 'I Love You So' by French house music duo Cassius. The conflicting line "I love you so, but why I love you, I'll never know" becomes the theme of the song, with Jay-Z rapping about people he looked out for who later turned on him:
"Tried to teach n----s how to be kings / And all they ever wanted to be was soldiers / So the love is gone 'til blood is drawn / So we no longer wear the same uniform / F--- you squares, the circle got smaller / The castle got bigger, the walls got taller."
He continues, "Wasn’t I a good king? Didn’t I spoil you? / Me or the money, what you loyal to? / Made you royalty and royalties / And this is how n----s rewardin' me, damn."
Kanye's role in the song is minimal, reduced to a few lines here and there, although we like the interplay in the final verse when he and Jay actually alternate words within the same sentence. The song has a winning combination of a great hook, clever lyrics, and engaging instrumentation ranging from keyboards to the strings that close the track.
Listen to Jay-Z & Kanye West 'Why I Love You' Feat. Mr. Hudson