By Jeff Burlingame
One of many first singles from THE BLACK ALBUM, a well-known Jay-Z list, rap "What extra am i able to Say"? however the actual query is what extra can this tune legend do? From the platinum albums to the sold-out live shows to his Rocawear garments model, Jay-Z has performed all of it. He has offered a few 50 million albums around the world. He even has a sneaker named after him. From the Brooklyn tasks to the nook place of work in ny, Jay-Z made his personal approach, overcoming many stumbling blocks. writer Jeff Burlingame explores the remarkably fascinating lifetime of this hip-hop icon.
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The Black Album was a hit, selling millions of copies. com what advice he would give to children who wanted to get into the rap business. Jay-Z said he would tell them, “Don’t. . That would weed out all the people that aren’t that serious about it. If it’s truly your passion and something that you really love, there will be a lot of doors slammed in your face and you have to keep going. You just need that belief in yourself that it’s going to happen for you and you need it wholeheartedly. . Doors will be slammed.
Though Jay-Z had somehow managed to avoid too large an entanglement in the prime years of the West Coast–East Coast rap feud, he was unable to avoid the battle for his home turf that occurred after the coastal feud had all but ended in the early 2000s. That new battle was strictly on the East Coast. It was the battle for supremacy there. Jay-Z was New York’s top dog, and he was at the center of the battle. During rap’s earliest days, when it was only known as an inner-city street art, “battling” was what the art form was all about.
I love when someone makes a hot album and then you’ve got to make a hot album. I love that. But it ain’t hot. . I don’t ever want to get to the point where I’m just making music because I know how to make a hit record. I want to make it because I love to make it. ” Those other things always had been other MCs. In Jay-Z’s opinion, he had left his competition in the dust. There was no one left for him to compete with anymore. 61 Jay-Z Was he ever going to make another record? com asked him that same question.
African-American Icons: Jay-Z - A Biography of a Hip Hop Icon by Jeff Burlingame