“That Sh*t Cray” Ain’t So Crazy
When Watch The Throne was released in early August of this year, we all anticipated the sublime production and lyrical content that the insane duo of Kanye West and Jay-Z have built their careers on. Both being icons in the hip-hop world, their influences reach deep into the daily lives of their listeners.
One of the singles off of the album; “N*ggas in Paris” features a hook “That sh*t cray”, which was all. “Cray” has been vernacularly adopted by many as a shortened version of crazy due to the songs popularity. Recently it has come out that the origin of the abbreviation “cray” has an alternative meaning all together.
The origin of the word ‘cray’ from the N*ggas in Paris single is not actually the shortened form of crazy, nor is it cray. It’s actually ‘Kray’ and it’s in reference to the schizophrenic Kray twins, Ronald and Reginald Kray. The Kray twins were the crime lords of London in the 50s and 60s. The police failed to locate them on several occasions, which is where the line ‘…ball so hard, muf*ckas wanna find me…that sh*t kray’ comes from.
If this is true and “Kray” is actually the last name of two English gangsters and not the abbreviation of crazy which we all assumed, it would change the relevance of the phrase and the way it’s used in conversation.
It is not unlike Jay-Z to put a twist on the hook, and he is known for his word play. It is a refreshing surprise to know that even deep in his career, Jay-Z still has a few tricks up his sleeve.
With the Watch The Throne tour dominating across the country, it is a sure sign that these two gladiators of the hip-hop industry will continue to push the boundaries with their lyrics and occasionally force us to stop and scratch our heads from time to time.