Jay-Z Performs “Paradise” with Coldplay & “Run This Town” with Rihanna Live @ Paralympics 2012 Closing Ceremony

Posted on September 11, 2012

Jay-z accompanied Coldplay on stage to perform a new verse that he wrote for their ‘Paradise’ record.

Below is the breakdown of the lyrics.

“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. 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.”


I deserve a gold medal, get on my level
I deserve platinum plaques, to match my bezel
I walk around with five rings [“five rings” being the Olympic Rings], so pimpish
Welcome to the Paralympics
It’s paradise, this is the story of Gabby
It’s paradise, it’s paradise
Tears in her eyes, she sacrificed, he sacrificed, she paid the price
This is everything, everything she ever dreamed
She had nightmares she wouldn’t be here, she made the team
From the projects to the podium, accepting awards with my Rollie on
Gettin’ Gold medals with my grill in [Ryan Lochte, obviously]
C-walking, cause all they see is a villain [Serena, obviously]
More belts than Phelps, Merry Christmas, my presence is felt
Gold medals around my throat
You can take everything, except the hope of reaching paradise.

“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.” – JAY Z

Jat also preformed “Run This Town” with Rihanna.

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