Jay-Z has opened up on why he chooses to quote The Notorious B.I.G.’s lyrics in his music. In an interview with Roc4Life, the hip hop mogul said that he does it to keep Big’s name alive. He said, “There was a vow in that song about Big. So doing that was my way of always keeping him fresh and keeping his music fresh on everyone’s mind. So I’m inspired by music and I’m a fan and a historian. I study music and different emotions and things like that. So, if I’m inspired by it, I just use it. It’s not a crutch for me. I can write a song without using anyone’s lyric at all.”
He went on to quote his line on “What More Can I Say,” where he raps, “I say a Big verse, I’m only bigging up my brother.” He explained that he doesn’t need to prove he can write raps, as his abilities show for it.
- He said, “That sums the whole thing up. Be comfortable with yourself and your ability. You don’t have that insecurity when people say, ‘Oh he stealing homeboy’s lyrics, he can’t write a rap.’ We can sit down next to anybody and write two verses. They could write and I could sit up there and come with a verse and we can see who comes up with a better verse any day.”
JAY-Z HITS THE STUDIO WITH FRANK OCEAN
According to Hiphopweekly.com, although Frank Ocean has worked on Jay-Z and Kanye‘s upcoming Watch The Throne album, Jay is also set to work on music for Frank’s forthcoming solo album as well.
Frank is featured on two songs on Watch The Throne, entitled “Sweet Baby Jesus” and “No Church In the Wild.”
- Watch the Throne hits stores on August 2nd.