Saturday, January 27, 2018



In recognition of his most recent studio album 4:44, the really good people at VIBE Magazine salute BROOKLYN native HIP HOP Mogul SHAWN JAY-Z COREY CARTER with 44 ARTISTS & INDUSTRY ELITE On The LEGACY Of JAY-Z & His DISCOGRAPHY as the cover story for VIBE - SPECIAL CELEBRATION EDITION 2018!!!

Here are a few interview interludes:


Grammy-winning singer, songwriter
What turned me onto JAY was “Feelin It.” He’s just a pioneer and a force. What he’s done for the culture–just as he’s grown into the music and mogul that he is–is just so admirable. Apart from him being an awesome lyricist, his great Brooklyn swag and his story is important. Just to hear where he’s come from and what he’s been through to be a boss and a mogul is something that’s really positive for our culture to see.


Rapper, actor
4:44 is my favorite. I’ve been a fan in the past, but I’ve always felt like he could do more with his platform. On 4:44, it was like, ‘I get it.’ I’m not a hater, so I’ve always known how dope he is. You can feel the growth on “Family Feud.” It’s my favorite song, but outside of that, the “F**k living rich and dying broke” line is poignant. That’s the antithesis of what he’s been saying his whole career and it’s the antithesis of what most rappers talk about, especially when it comes to financial literacy.


Rapper, singer, songwriter
I can’t say I’ve heard all of his albums, but I do love The Black Album. I know he has way better ones. I know that motherf**ker front to back. My Daddy bought me that and that was the only JAY-Z album he ever got me. My favorite line comes from the new album though; “Ain’t no such thing as an ugly billionaire, I’m cute.”

Erykah Badu

Singer, songwriter
I would say that the one that I really love is “Song Cry.” JAY-Z is like the school counselor when it comes to hip-hop. He’s not an outspoken dictator or anything like that, but if you get into some kind of bind, you’ll be sent to the counselor who will help you figure it out. He’s not a preacher, he’s not a dictator. He has a wealth of information for us that will help us to a college of choice, if you will. That will lead us in the right direction very subtly, you know? And he’s always been there, and has always been that subtle counselor. I’ve been watching him benefit; there’s more than listening to him and watching what he does.


Grammy-winning rapper, businessman 
My favorite album is American Gangster. [DJ] Toomp produced it so I could feel that. It was the first album where he got back in his bag, back on his sh*t, especially coming off Kingdom Come and all of these albums where he was able to experiment. But that’s when I knew he was back. Lenny S. was talking that sh*t to him, “You gotta go back in there and get ‘em!”

Kendrick Lamar

Grammy-winning rapper, songwriter
I came in a point in time where who we looked up to was JAY-Z, The Dynasty era. That was me. I was 13 years old…We were like, “Sh*t, you gotta rap to be a rapper.” That’s how we thought. You can’t be out here bullsh*tin’ around with it, so I did like I said. I went back and I studied JAY. People actually connected to him, not just as a rapper, but as a person.


Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter
Reasonable Doubt. I love that album, it’s probably the best in the world. It was the first album I had of his when I was little. It was very thorough. I felt like I was in it, living in that world of luxury and hustle. I’m 11, thinking, “I’m living the life right now.”


Grammy-winning rapper, songwriter, activist
That’s difficult. I love them all, but if I had to name one it would be In My Lifetime…Vol 1. That’s the one a lot of motherf**kers don’t like. I just feel like it was a transition. He stepped out of his comfort zone and went to do some sh*t that a lot of people said he shouldn’t have did. But he did it in such a way that it was dope. It still gave you those classic lines: “Cough up a lung where I’m from Marcy, son/ain’t nothing nice.” That sh*t there is what I was going for when I made Trap Musik. I was trying to make an album for the hood that had sh*t that wasn’t supposed to be on there, but that’s why I can appreciate it.


Singer, songwriter
The Blueprint. You have to go back to the original. He’s always been consistent after years and years and years which I think is so remarkable. So many people burn out and then they lose all their bars, but he’s always had bars! He has a lot of great songs, but one of his best is definitely “Lucifer.”

Van Jones

Host of The Van Jones Show
Outside of his art, the most important thing I’m excited about is his activism. For him to step out the way that he did for Meek Mill, a lot of folks wanna run the other way. Rather than running from the situation, JAY and Roc Nation ran to the situation. I’m represented by Roc Nation and it made me feel proud to be a part of their management team. It’s not about being right or wrong, but about what’s fair and the situation isn’t right. Nobody can be on probation for ten years, you or me. You show up to a job or you jaywalk and you’re violated. He’s willing to see through any situation to talk about the bigger issue, the bigger problem, the bigger issue. I think most civil rights guys have a megaphone, but no one has a bigger megaphone than JAY-Z. Civil rights people like myself have a certain amount of credibility or standing in the world, but no one has a platform like JAY-Z. It’s the most unique on the planet. In the grace of God that could’ve been JAY, his genius stolen and hidden from the public. I think he needs a whole lot of credit for what he’s doing.

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