The song “Bodakh Yellow” was written and recorded by Jay in 1997.
The song was produced by DJ Jazzy Jeff, a Black musician who was an integral part of the music scene in Memphis at the time.
It was the first song of his career.
And, in the midst of the rise of hip-hop, it was a perfect fit for Jay.
The lyrics and instrumental parts were lifted from popular hip-hoppers like Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Lil Wayne and Big Sean.
It had a simple beat, and Jay played it over a soothing synthesizer.
The beat was perfect for a song about a blind Black musician, and it was just one of many hits that he had released in the 1990s.
Jay’s popularity was cemented when the song hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1996.
But as the years went by, Jay’s career took a turn for the worse.
In 1998, Jay suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed.
Jay died from complications from the disease on April 25, 2002, at the age of 37.
He was succeeded by his son Jay Z, who had a less successful start.
In 2006, Jay was arrested for possession of marijuana.
But in 2010, a jury acquitted him of all charges.
“Jay’s legacy lives on,” said Jay Z in a statement.
“The song ‘Budgie’ is still one of my favorites, and I am thankful for my dad’s legacy and the music industry’s efforts to make him and his music more accessible to millions of people.”