Niggas in Paris (3:39)

Cover of Watch the Throne

From Watch the Throne and 1 other release

The Niggas In Paris Songfacts says: Jay-Z’s rap on the hook, “Ball so hard mother——ers wanna fine me,” refers to an actual incident. Hov is part-owner of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets and he made a postgame congratulatory visit to the University of Kentucky’s men’s basketball team locker room after a win in the Regional Finals of the 2011 NCAA tournament. Photos were taken of Jay posing with some of the players, which drew the ire of the NBA as contact between NBA personnel and potential NBA college prospects is prohibited. As a result, the Nets were fined $50,000 because of Hov’s actions. He has a long way to go to catch up to Mark Cuban, however. The Dallas Mavericks owner has racked up over $1 million in fines from the league, mostly for criticizing officials.

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