🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Jay-Z

Mehpresent more like!

Quite like it tbf but there’s something about how lo-fi so much of the Illmatic production sounds which slightly grates on me. Percussion on Represent sounds like it’s been recorded with a Fisher Price cassette player.

Pretty much exactly the reason that I like it! Keep it dusty, yo

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Yeah, horses for courses innit? Much prefer the more jagged feel of a RZA beat when it comes to non-shiny hip-hop production than the dusty (good descriptor) feel of Illmatic.

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This comment makes no sense

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Underrated Jay-Z songs please. I’ve personally always loved Hola Hovito, but never heard it get any love, and I’ve never heard him play it live either.

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Enjoying thinking about his career would have been so different if he was known as Hat-Z.

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Not sure you should really get upset over a band that were so massively popular 4 years before Jay-Z released anything and then maintained that popularity for decades being higher, particularly in a UK site given how little exposure as an artist Jay-Z seems to have ever had here.

The thing is, if we keep picking fairly vanilla artists within each genre that’ll keep happening and it’s too difficult to read into. For me, peak DiS would be MF DOOM scoring higher than Jay-Z.

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Cracking track and one of my faves. I once wound up staying in a hotel room which had its own 12 seater conference room included when travelling on business amd my flight got cancelled. I left an inspirational message on the whiteboard for the next set of business folk to use the conference facilities.

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Remember there being a decent Jay-Z ‘freestyle’ over some Dre beat too.

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OBJECTION

That songs WOULD BE ‘So Good’ if it weren’t for Mariah constantly breathing all over the song

Verse 2 of heartbreaker is one of my favourite vocals ever. Jay could do with being a bit quieter until his verse imo.

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Streets is watching & Where I’m from = 5/5&5/5

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Had 4:44 on loop in my car over the last week since this thread. Excellent record - I love hearing Jay-Z with more humility/introspection than usual, even if he deserves little credit for finding himself in that position in the first place…

Never known what any of the songs on this particular album are called as the cd refers you to his website for track listing…and who can be bothered with that? However, did look this song title up today to be able to post it here. What a tune (and new to me today, what a video). Magnificent:

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eh

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Totally agree 4:44 is ace! The video for Moonlight was pretty good too:

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yeah 4:44’s really good actually even though he sounds tired all the time these days

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Thanks, hadn’t seen this before, but it’s good.

Just googled around to find out what prompted it and read this interesting article which provides more context than I’d have pieced together by myself:

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This is one of the few Jay-Z tracks I know on account of it making quite a bit of noise on here. I seem to recall there were only some clips we could watch on Twitter for a while until the Tidal embargo ended.

I really liked it and the video is brilliant too.

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