#harMONiousMusicMondays : Jay-Z (Top 3)

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It has been about 2 weeks since Jay-Z was the first hip-hop artist inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Being recognized by former President Obama has to be nothing short of amazing. Jay-Z has became an influence to the hip-hop world for over twenty years. In 1996 his first album, Reasonable Doubt, was released creating a guideline for future artist to adhere to and admire.

His first album topped the charts with hits such as “Can’t Knock the Hustle”, “Can I Live”, and “I’ll Be Good Ft. Foxy Brown”. One of the unique qualities of Jay-Z is his voice.

During the 90’s, hip-hop music had two distinct styles. East Coast and West Coast (fueled by Tupac and Biggie Smalls). Being from New York, Jay-Z’s music elevated the traditional concept of East Coast music. ¬†Before, I would associate New York rappers with a sound that contained a dissonant beat with accented drums.

His music is enjoyable across any community.

His gifted artistic ability seems not shadow who he is as a person. We still see him as a humble soul and rarely hear about Jay-Z getting into unsuitable altercations. Please check out my top 3 Jay-Z hit. Once you are done tell me your top Jay-Z hits.

Clip of Obama Presenting Award to Jay-Z:

  1. Jay-Z- Girls, Girls, Girls

Girls, Girls, Girls is one of my top choices simply because the lyrics reflect my life, so of course…..

Je t’adore, JAY Z
That means “I love you”
Of course I love you… I love all y’all
For real”

Lol I kid. But in all seriousness the lyrics Mr. Carter produces in this jam are crafty and clever. As a listener you are able to envision the story line as Jay-Z debates with himself about the flock of women he keeps around.

http://www.metatube.com/en/videos/320732/Jay-Z-Girls-Girls-Girls-2001/embed/

The notable hook “I love girls, girls, girls, girls
Girls, I do adore” is done by fellow hip-hop artist Biz Markie. Slick Rick and Q-Tip also offer vocal support. The video features recognizable female cameos by Tamala Jones,¬†Carmen Electra¬†and¬†Paula Jai Parker.

2) Jay-Z- Feelin It

Reasonable Doubt is arguably Jay-Z’s best album depending on which fan you ask. Feelin It,¬†can be described as an elegant day for a brother on a yacht. The beat composing the song is sampled from “Pastures” by jazz musician Ahmad Jamal.

I really enjoy this song because it feels natural. It has an easygoing vibe but the lyrics should not be underestimated. Jay-Z is a bar spitter. I respect him as a hip-hop artist and lyricist. He has had “rap beef” but has always held his own. No one can really say he has lost a battle or at least did not give it a true competition.

3) Pusha T РDrug Dealers Anonymous Feat. Jay Z

Another quality Jay-Z offers is the ability to collaborate with just about any artist or group. For example, in the early 2000’s he joined forces with Linkin Park to combine Jay-Z’s single Encore (from the Black Album) and the rock group’s single Numb. Hearing such a sound allowed audiences from two different crowds to have a commonality. I could not speak about Jay-Z’s features without bringing up Beyonce. The two have shown was a true power couple appears to be. Both have no trouble producing Billboard Hits as individuals. However, when the two join forces radio literally exploded. But Jay-Z was his own artist before marrying. His collabs with Justin Timberlake to Kanye West shows just how versatile he can be while staying true to himself.

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