Top-rapper Jay-Z recently spoke to Rolling Stone magazine about his secrets to writing songs and what type of strategies he uses to create a great song. Jigga credits rappers like Rakim and Dr Dre for influencing him.
"When I'm writing a song that I know is going to work, it's a feeling of euphoria," Jay writes. "It's how a basketball player must feel when he starts hitting every shot, when you're in that zone. As soon as you start, you get that magic feeling, an extra feeling. Songs like that come out in five minutes; if I work on them more than, say, 20 minutes, they're probably not going to work. When I was starting out, I was just trying to tell stories. I wasn't thinking about melodies. Then I started to marry storytelling with every thing I was learning from all these other great records: the great writers like Babyface and Lionel Richie; Rakim's technique and syncopation; Dre's whole package on the Chronic albums; Quincy Jones, the greatest producer of all time; Rick Rubin, who's not too far behind because of all his genre-jumping." (Rolling Stone)
Jay-Z – Performs At Roseland Ballroom
BONUS – Jay-Z – Performs At Adult Swim 2011 Upfront
Jay-Z – "Intro," "Thank You" (Over Boondocks Theme)
Jay-Z – "Allure," "Dead PresidentS," "On To The Next One"