That record was maybe the last one. I was touching it, then I’d leave it alone. That record was like, a process, I remember… I don’t smoke that much… Well, my man who sold weed and shit came, and he said, “Man, you need- just smoke some weed.” Well, I smoked some weed and that’s how I finished Izzo.
— Jay-Z, speaking to XXL magazine in October 2009 on the making of Izzo (H.O.V.A.), from The Blueprint.