Jay-Z joined Coldplay onstage last night at the 2012 London Paralympics closing ceremony, adding an inspiring verse to the Brits’ single “Paradise.” After packing uplifting lyrics and gold-medal braggadocio into a guest spot that threw props to Gabby Douglas, Ryan Lochte and Serena Williams, the rapper took to his website to explain the verse.
“The thought behind the verse is, anyone with a disability, just wants a sense of normality – that’s why they’re competing in these games. That was the idea to make the verse as inclusive for as many people, and to make it as normal as possible,” he writes. “It’s influenced by so many different things. There are parts that are influenced by Gabby Douglas, there are parts that are influenced by Ryan Lochte and by Serena Williams.”
He continued: “It can relate to everybody. ‘You can take everything,’ means whether through some tragedy you lost a limb, like an arm or a leg. Or, it could be something like you lost the mortgage to your house. That’s pretty much the idea.”