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Quote of the day

Posted by Media Outrage on December 3, 2007

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Everybody flopping, because Jay-Z used all the marketing money. The rest of them n***as is dead meat. They are chipping your name on a tombstone. That n***a Jay is ruthless.

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Jay talks about the last time he wrote lyrics down.

Posted by Media Outrage on November 26, 2007

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Jay talked about the last time he actually wrote lyrics down on paper and how he has inspired others to use his process of not using a pen…

“I’ve inspired a generation of bad writers,” Jay jokingly said.

Jay says the last time he wrote lyrics down on paper was for his ’96 debut “Reasonable Doubt” the song ‘Can I Live’.

“What happened was, I was doing that song with someone else, and they heard the first verse and they was like, ‘Man, you take that song. Finish it, ’cause it sounds like you got a lot more to say,’ …you know, that type of thing. So I just wanted to get it down quick, I didn’t want to keep going over it. It was like [the album] mastering time, so I just sat down in the booth and wrote that [verse].”

He wanted to write lyrics down for the Black Album….

“It just felt better [the way I do it now],” Jay said. “In my mind, I wanted to sit down and write and do this thing a certain way. But your natural process is your process. It’s difficult to go back to what you were doing when you were 15 or 16, but my process is different [now]. It sounds great on paper, ‘I’m gonna sit down and write this entire album like I did before.’ But once you get back in the studio and you been doing this process for years and years, it just felt natural to do it the way I been doing it. No paper, no pen, just listen to the music and do it.

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The final numbers are in!!!

Posted by Media Outrage on November 14, 2007

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Jay Z’s “American Gangster” sold 425,861 albums in it’s first week. Jay has officially tied Elvis for the #2 spot of 10 #1 albums in his career. The Beatles still hold the record with 19. Last year Jay’s “Kingdom Come” sold 680,000 units in it’s first week.

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Video of Jay Z on David Letterman…

Posted by Media Outrage on November 4, 2007

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Jay Z “American Gangster” sampler.

Posted by Media Outrage on October 24, 2007

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“American Gangster” sampler…

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Jay Z talks street life past, Kingdomcome, and Kayne West!

Posted by Media Outrage on October 17, 2007

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Jay was a little more talkative than usual concerning Kingdom Come, his street life and Kanye West’s shaky memory…

Jay talking about the current state of hip-hop…

I don’t think people process music the same way [we used to],” he said. “Before, we used to listen to lyrics and then find out if the beat was hot later and then did the Wop.” In particular, he called out a line from MIMS’sThis is Why I’m Hot” for condemnation. “When a guy says ‘I could make a million saying nothing’ on a track, you know you’ve reached a bad place,” he said. “It’s way past salvaging. I’m going the other way. That’s why [my album] is the way it is.”

Jay explored his early life in Brooklyn’s Marcy Projects, saying, “The things that we have to see in one day, a lot of people never see in their life. People could live their whole life and never see a crack vial or a dope needle or a shootout. When I saw my first person get shot, I was nine years old,” at which point he turned to the journalists in the room and asked if any had seen someone get shot. “It’s typical to see people get shot before you’re ten. That has to have some type of effect on you.” He added, “People act this way for a reason: hope. You start looking around the neighborhood and there’s no role models to look up to. You got the worst schools, the worst roads, the worst of everything. To see the straight way to get out of that, it’s so far away that you start losing hope.
Reflecting on his youth, Jay defended his portrayal of street life. “I try to tell both sides of the story,” he said, citing lyrics from “Dead Presidents” (“Hit with the RICO, they repo your vehicle/Everything was all good just a week ago”). “There’s pitfalls: you might go to jail, you might get shot, your brother might die, and your neighbor’s mother just sold her crack and she’s messed up. And you’re messing up the community. You gotta deal with that.

Jay’s feelings on Don Imus…

Imus is a racist,” Hov declared. “He’s not a person that listens to rap or was influenced by rap, so the two things don’t have anything to do with each other, so fuck him.

Hov also reflected on the big marketing push that preceded his last album, Kingdom Come which saw him collaborating with everyone from Budweiser to NASCAR. “People talk about the marketing plan as if I spent some money. I’ve been watching this for a year — ‘the marketing plan was $30 million’ — I didn’t pay them, they paid me,” he said. “I didn’t pay Budweiser, I didn’t pay TNT, I didn’t pay HP, they all paid me. Looking back, I guess it was a little extravagant. Then I shut it down, as the president. Shot two videos and walked away from it. I did the right thing.” He also off-handedly suggested some regrets about Kingdom: “Maybe it was too sophisticated. Maybe I fucked up.

Since everyone has something to say about Kanye West these days, Jay noted that he loved Kanye’s Jigga tribute “Big Brother,” but light-heartedly corrected ‘Ye’s recollection of the facts — particularly that Hov made him buy tickets to a show at Madison Square Garden and that Jay stole West’s idea to record with Coldplay. “Not everything on the song was true, but it was true in his mind,” said Jay. “He says ‘Carleen said I could buy two tickets.’ You would think he didn’t get any tickets. I gave him four, he wanted six. It was a charity event! And Coldplay — I introduced him to Coldplay, I gave him the number! But I thought it was a brilliant song. It brought us closer together.”

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