From Meek Mill to George Zimmerman, Decoding JAY-Z & Beyonce's References on DJ Khaled's 'Top Off'

On Friday (March 2), DJ Khaled let the "Top Off" off his new single, with JAY-Z, Beyoncé and Future onboard for the ride. The starry collaboration finds JAY-Z and Beyoncé drenched in swagger, swiping at their detractors. While Hov skewered George Zimmerman with punishing bars, his wife, Queen B, played it coy and fired a series of subliminal shots.  

Take a look at who the legendary couple paid homage to and decried on their latest collaboration with Khaled. 

1) Lines: "Screamin', 'Free my nigga, Meek Mill'
N----s can't wheelie in this free world."

JAY-Z

Top off the coupe and it look like Freaknik
In the hood, hollerin', "Free Meek"

- Beyoncé

In reference to: Meek Mill 

Since being incarcerated for violating his probation last November, embattled Philly rapper Meek Mill has been the hot topic of hip-hop. Several of his allies, including JAY-Z, Rick Ross and Colin Kaepernick have lambasted the legal system, urging his followers to remain at his corner during his time of need.

In an op-ed published by the New York Times in November, Hov sided with Meek and scolded the system for their entrapment of African Americans. "What’s happening to Meek Mill is just one example of how our criminal justice system entraps and harasses hundreds of thousands of black people every day," he wrote. 

2) Lines: "Meanwhile Georgie Porgie sinnin' and sendin' me threats
Save your breath, you couldn't beat a flight of steps
Try that shit with a grown man
I'll kill that fuckboy with my own hand."

- JAY-Z

In reference to: George Zimmerman

In 2012, Zimmerman was enemy No. 1 after fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, in what he said was self-defense. The story sparked outrage and later, divisiveness in the U.S., after Zimmerman was acquitted from his murder charge. Five years later, Hov announced that he would be executive producing a six-part documentary titled Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.

Zimmerman caught wind of Hov's involvement and spewed callous remarks towards the 4:44 rapper. "What I said is I would beat him as if I was Solange, and he would find himself coming out of the south side of a gator if he comes to Florida and bothers my family,” Zimmerman told the Orlando Sentinel last December. 

3) Lines:  "Dujac by the mag, that's how we do wine
$91,000 for a wine bill
Keep it real with you, that was Juan's bill."

- JAY-Z

In reference to: OG Juan Perez

OG Juan Perez is a close friend of Hov's and president of Roc Nation Sports. Last month, media outlets reported that JAY-Z spent $91,000 on a champagne bill while partying with his business partner OG Juan at Playroom NYC for his 50th birthday. Instead of taking credit for the hefty tab, Hov admits to not shelling out the money and that Juan was in fact the man who footed the bill. 

 

JAY-Z and friends celebrating OG Juan's 50th birthday at the Playroom in NYC.

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Must be nice -- #JayZ's #Playroom tab was looking real hefty!

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4) Lines: "'61 with the thing off
Me and Blue havin' a sing off."

- JAY-Z

In reference to: Blue Ivy Carter

Blue Ivy Carter's spunky attitude has enabled her to become an instant star of her own. Sure, she's the daughter of JAY-Z and Beyoncé, but best believe, Blue is quickly becoming a star on her own. In case you didn't see the Grammy's last month, check out Blue with her mom Queen B below. 

 

Bey’s a cute girl but we all know who reigns supreme ------ • #blueivy

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5) Lines: "I break the internet, top two and I ain't number two
My body, my ice, my cash, all real, I'm a triple threat."

- Beyoncé

Possibly in reference to: Kim Kardashian

In recent years, Jay and Ye's strained friendship also has been tied to Kim and Bey's contentious relationship. While the two haven't gone public with any beef, shade has been thrown by both sides. Bey's latest jab is probably the most revealing and hard-hitting one to date: In 2014, Kim Kardarshian caused tremors on social media when her cheeky cover for Paper Mag coined the phrase "Break the Internet." Here, Bey deftly references Kim's head-turning moment, but with a bit of shade, by declaring, "I break the internet, top two and I ain't number two." 

 

#BreakTheInternet

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6) Lines: "If they're tryna party with the queen, They gon' have to sign a non-disclosure, ayy."

- Beyoncé

Possibly in reference to: Tiffany Haddish

​Tiffany Haddish may have spilled too much tea while appearing on TV One's Uncensored last month. The comedian dished out a story about how she first met Beyoncé during a JAY-Z show and later watched Queen B handle an unnamed actress who got too close to her superstar beau after the show. “I was talking to JAY-Z for a little bit,” Haddish said. “And there was another actress that was there who was also talking to JAY-Z.” 

Haddish continued, "“[The actress] touched JAY-Z’s chest and Beyoncé came walking up like…’Biitttchhh!’ But, she didn’t say that. But her demeanor, her body from the way she walked up on them said, ‘Get your hands off my man’s chest.'”

Though Haddish didn't name the actress, we're pretty sure her storytelling didn't set well with Beyoncé, who may have crossed her name off the guest-list for any upcoming parties in the future. 

 

Here are the full lyrics:

[Intro: JAY-Z & DJ Khaled]

Ah, all that shit real too, ahhhh

I ain't gon' stop

I see the...

I'm ain't gon' stop

I'm ain't... haha

We The Best Music

 

[Pre-Chorus: Future & DJ Khaled]

I took the top off the Maybach, I took the top off

Another one

I took the top off the Maybach, I took the top off

I, I took the top off my Maybach, n---a

I took the top off my Maybach

DJ Khaled!

 

[Chorus: Future]

I took the top off the Maybach

I took the top off the Maybach

I took the top off the Maybach

I took the top off the Maybach

I took the top off the Maybach, oh

I took the top off the Maybach, ah

I took the top off the Maybach, yeah

I took the top off the Maybach, yeah

 

[Refrain: Future & JAY-Z]

I hear the po-po behind me, woo, ain't gon' stop (rrt, skrrt)

I see the po-po behind me, I ain't gon' stop (skrrt, skrrt)

I see the po-po behind me, rrt, ain't gon' stop (rrt, skrrt)

I dropped the top off the Maybach, fuck these cops (rrt, rrt)

 

[Verse 1: JAY-Z]

V12, see ya, 12 (bye)

I do the whole dash with no seatbelt

Screamin', "Free my n---a, Meek Mill"

N---as can't wheelie in this free world

Meanwhile Georgie Porgie sinnin' and sendin' me threats

Save your breath, you couldn't beat a flight of steps

Try that shit with a grown man

I'll kill that fuckboy with my own hand

And hop back in the coupe (woo, woo)

Let's go back to the mud, I hop right out the soup

Save all that woopty woop

Let's let the money talk, let the Uzi shoot

No jewels in this Patek Philippe

It's complicated, three million apiece

Sheesh, that's how we do time

Dujac by the mag, that's how we do wine

$91,000 for a wine bill

Keep it real with you, that was Juan's bill

My whole team ball

Everybody's a star but the team ball

'61 with the thing off

Me and Blue havin' a sing off

That's a raspberry beret

The kind you find in a second-hand store

That's a vintage piece

Kind that make haters kiss their teeth, you can't buy this new

I had the 'Bach-bach-bach you know how I do

Two-tone with the powder blue (woo)

Realest shit to come out the stu'

Khaled is valid, every word is true

What these n---as gon' do without us, dude?

 

[Chorus: Future]

I took the top off the Maybach

I took the top off the Maybach

I took the top off the Maybach

I took the top off the Maybach, rrt

I, I took the top off my Maybach, n---a

I took the top off my Maybach

 

[Verse 2: JAY-Z]

I chopped the top off, you notice

Ridin' 'round town with the FLOTUS

1.5 for the Landaulet

Bey, put these fuckboys on notice (fuckboys on notice)

 

[Verse 3: Beyoncé]

I'm the only lady here, still the realest n---a in the room

I break the internet, top two and I ain't number two

My body, my ice, my cash, all real, I'm a triple threat

Fuck it up and then leave, come back, fuck it up and leave again

Top off the coupe and it look like Freaknik

In the hood, hollerin', "Free Meek"

Two deep, it's just me and JAY

Just posted in them courtside seats

Woo! I'm like "hol' up"

Woo! I might roll up

If they're tryna party with the queen

They gon' have to sign a non-disclosure, ayy

 

[Chorus: Beyoncé & Future]

I took the top off the Maybach, yeah

I took the top off the Maybach (ain't gon' stop)

I took the top off the Maybach (rah)

I took the top off the Maybach (woo, woo)

Ayy, I took the top off of my Maybach, bitch

I took the top off of my Maybach, bitch

I took the top off the Maybach

I took the top off the Maybach

I took the top off the Maybach

I took the top off the Maybach

 

[Bridge: Future]

Ooh-ooh, ooh, it's glittery, glittery

Ooh-ooh, it's pricy, pricy

Ooh-ooh, 1.5

Ooh-ooh, I'm hyphy, I'm hyphy

 

[Refrain: Future]

I hear the po-po behind me, woo, ain't gon' stop (rrt, skrrt)

I see the po-po behind me, rrt, ain't gon' stop (skrrt, skrrt)

I see the po-po behind me, rrt, ain't gon' stop (rrt, skrrt)

I dropped the top off the Maybach, rrt, fuck these cops (rrt, rrt, rrt, rrt)

 

[Outro: DJ Khaled & Future]

We The Best Music

I took the top off, I took the top off

I took the top off, I took the top off

Roc Nation

I took the top off, I took the top off

I took the top off, I took the top off, ooh-ooh