Jay-Z
Can’t Stop This

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Jay-Z is a hard man to pin down. You just might have to travel all the way to Paris to talk to him. He speaks in fragments. He’s introspective. Philosophical. Careful with his words. Quick. Sharp. But always guarded. Unlike most artists, he doesn’t enjoy this process—baring his soul to a stranger’s tape recorder. But, then again, Jay-Z has never been just another hungry MC. He’s not a businessman. He’s a business, man. CEO of Roc-A-Fella Records turned president and CEO of Def Jam Records. And, arguably, the greatest rapper of all time.

Like EPMD said, business is never personal. But Jay’s has brought the ire of his former Roc partners, Damon Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke, and several artists on (or formally on) the Def Jam roster. In the two years since he solidified his place in the house that Lyor Cohen renovated, President Carter’s tenure has been clouded in controversy. The most vocal of his detractors, Cam’ron, jumped ship immediately and, earlier this year, fired off a diss song, “You Gotta Love It,” filled with scathing personal attacks. A disgruntled DMX bounced, too, and LL Cool J and Method Man have both been publicly critical of the company’s involvement in their latest, less-than-successful efforts. Now, with Jay-Z coming out of retirement (as if anyone ever believed him) to release his first album in three years, many rap fans wonder how that will affect the highly anticipated Def Jam debut of his former rival Nas?

Course, Jay’s used to the talk, the speculation, the pressure. He’s been the central figure in hip-hop since Biggie and ’Pac passed away. He does this for his culture, remember? He’s back behind the mic because the rap game needs him. He’s still behind his corporate desk because the rap game needs him. Follow the leader.

So the retirement’s over. But this Kingdom Come album is like your most secretive one to date.
I always wanted one of those albums that mystery surrounds. You know, like the Detox album that never comes out like three years in a row… I just went in to do records. I didn’t have the title until I made a song called “Kingdom Come.” I was like, Wow, that’s so powerful. Maybe it should be an album title. I just went in and fucked with it to see what would happen. See what it would sound like. And, at worst, I got to go in the studio and feed the itch of just recording, just doing the creative part. Timeless music—that’s what you be trying to make. Right now in hip-hop, there’s a lot of disposable music, and I believe the genre will suffer unless you have an event album. Unless you have a Detox, unless you have an Eminem or Nas album. You have to have those events in hip-hop.

Your last one, The Black Album, was already such a perfect “event album,” though. Many skeptics feel like you can’t possibly follow that up.
I love that position. I love that challenge. That’s the reason why I’m making albums. That’s the reason why I love hip-hop. It’s a challenge every time. [Here’s] Blueprint, and then Nas went through his thing, and he put out “Ether.” And people was like, When is it over? I was like, I just put out Blueprint!

The hiatus almost makes you the underdog this time?
I didn’t really make myself the underdog. Everybody else did. The people, their position on me, and guys taking their little shots—they made me the underdog. I don’t think people want me in the underdog position. Why would you want that? You got to leave certain people alone, like… I’ve been doing my little remixes and all, but I’ve just been chilling. Like, I’ve been doing my other thing. I’ve been making fuckin’ HP commercials.

Speaking of your other thing, it seems that most of the recent criticism thrown your way stems from your tenure as Def Jam prez.
You know, I told LA the other day, “Man, I have a whole ’nother level of respect for you.” You know, ’cause being an executive is a selfless, thankless job. If [an artist] fails, you did it. If they succeed, they did it. The artist side of me has a whole ’nother level of respect for executives.

So why continue to do it, Jay? Why do the president of Def Jam thing?
I think it’s important. I think people will realize later on. I think it’s very important for hip-hop, when an artist reaches a certain level, to ascend to executive work. There are no Black executives in music today. I mean, very few. You have to show another side of an artist. How an artist’s career can end, instead of being on VH1, like Where Are They Now? or [ending up] bitter and upset somewhere. You know, who better to run the company than the people who done it. I been in the studio.

I know what it takes to make a hook. I know the commitment that you got to put into a career. I know it just starts when you get the hit. It just starts. It’s not over when you get the hit. I seen the whole playing field. Who better to coach against the pitfalls and what’s going on out there? And on top of that, you know, I’m artist friendly. I don’t care. I want people to get the most money they can.

But from Method Man to DMX, there’s been a lot of griping. That must disappoint you.
I mean, you get disappointed and you move on. That’s about it. I know in my heart I done the right thing. That’s why I believe I’m here now, and I’m always going to be here. Because I’m on the side of right. And as long as I do the right thing, whatever happens, that’s on you. That’s your shortcomings. It has to be willingness to work with the people at your company. If there’s a detachment there and you’re not willing to work with the company, then how do you expect the best results?… You know, I told Method Man. It was a time that his project was way, way in the completion, and he had just met Steve Bartels, who’s an important part—he’s like the president of Island, COO, and he has a large hand in moving the building around—and they had never met [before]. And like, You’re just meeting Steve Bartels? Like, how is that possible? You know what I’m saying?

jay2.jpg What, specifically, do you think went wrong with some of the projects that haven’t worked—like, say, LL’s album, for example. What do you think happened there?
I think we did, and I’m sure LL agreed, that we went above and beyond with his project. We shot two videos before the project even came out. That’s not, especially in this climate of business, that’s not typical. You know, people get one video, if that. We shot two videos with Hype Williams off top. Got Jennifer Lopez in the video. Like, the commitment to the project was clearly, clearly there. I think staggering the single, going for urban radio first when it was clearly a more pop-leaning record—maybe that strategy was off a little bit. But, you know, it was a clear commitment to his project. How much can you give a man?

You must have felt disrespected when he showed up to the VMAs with 50 Cent.
Actually, that was a conversation that we had that originally set that up.

Oh, like you and 50 coming together on the Freeway project?
Yeah. Yeah, exactly.

It must be disappointing when other albums you feel passionate about—like Ghostface’s Fishscale or the Roots’ Game Theory—when they don’t perform well.
I tell anybody: 150K is 60K now. One hundred fifty was a strong, respectable number. It’s 60 now. I mean, we got to face the reality of what’s going on. It’s not the business—it’s the whole format. We have to find another way. We have to fix it. We have a big digital hole in the world, so you gotta work with it now. How do we get around that? Music is the soundtrack to your life. It’s not going to go anywhere. But the way people are purchasing music has changed. It’s not the same anymore. It will never be the same.

You gotta go for big numbers in the fourth quarter, though, right? So it’s like, why not a Jay-Z album?
I’m like, if it was a good idea for Lyor, why isn’t it a good idea for me to put out a Jay-Z album. [Laughs] Like, Lyor was a genius when he did it. [Laughs]

What about Nas and the perception that you’re holding his album back to put yours out?
I’m not going to put out a Nas album when it’s… I’ll put it out when it’s ready. I’m not holding his album back. It ain’t like his album is ready and I’m like, No, no, Nas. It bugs me out that people really make these things up and have long debates about it, for like hours and days. And I’m like, What are you talking about? I’m not holding Nas’ album back. His album is not ready.

But if you’re a Nas or a Young Jeezy and you’re scheduled to come out a few weeks after a Jay-Z album, shouldn’t you be concerned that your project is gonna get overshadowed?
I think the best thing was—once again, Lyor was the best model for that—when he put me, Ja Rule and DMX out on the same front. I think it gives momentum to a company. People look at it the other way, like no one else gonna sell, but I think it gives momentum. That’s how people have movements. I mean, I’ve seen it. [In 1999] Def Jam was going to sell for 90 [million]. Universal offered them 90. But Lyor held out and put out a DMX, Jay-Z and Ja Rule, all around the same time. No one got overshadowed. Everyone actually benefited from that surge.
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87cover.jpgRead the rest of our interview with Jay-Z in XXL’s
December 2006 issue (#87)

Check out exclusive online-only outtakes from the Jay-Z interview in the Countdown to Kingdom Come.

  • http://OnSMASH.com Team OnSMASH

    Got The Issue… Good Read..

  • mark

    i dont see how in the hell they say that you are the best rapper. i think that you shouldn’t even started rapping in the first place.i’m glad you retiered because you really suck dick at rappin.AND THAT THE HONEST TRUTH

  • http://MYSPACE.COM/LEGACYHIPHOP BELIZE

    Coppin it…

  • http://www.myspace.com/freshmakerodbeatz lukee lefty

    ………….

  • bob

    do yo thing hovito.

  • http://blog.honeyee.com Tiro

    He still did Meth
    (as RJ would say)
    Cold-Blooded

  • haha

    def copping this one

  • icee corleon

    i hope this works out for my brother. FREE MASONS RULE THE WORLD. AF&AM \ F&AM. for all of you people who got something against masons need to know one thing we are all here because of what masons did back in the day.

  • DREDRICK TATUM

    THE KING IS BACK! I HATE IT WHEN PEOPE TRY TO PUT 50 AND JAY-Z VS. EACH OTHER. THEY HAVE MUTUAL RESPECT FOR EACH OTHER AND THAT’S THE WAY IT SHOULD BE!

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  • http://www.xxlmag.com Young Gutta(long live da king)MW

    Aint nuttin to say! Hova put the game in the feedle positon.And from me to U homes…. A takeover is nesscesary…and if I got “skill” game… sho nuff and I proved it!

  • http://www.myspace.com/3ndles3records myspace/3ndles3records

    good shit. He’s a business, man alright.

  • blackman

    yo

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    Jay dont want it with nobody…he to OLD to beef…its sad how he gets credit by default(PAC,BIG,NAS:lack of initiative)…but fuck Nas chillin he dont wanna be a CEO or anything like that…Jay-Z focus more on business than music…and this fuck wanna come out with a album cuz of the state of the market…dont hype your album to be something its not…same with you…dont claim to be the MJ of rap when you aint puttin in the work in the studio…Fraud…Fuck the business and money…im talking MUSIC

    ~album sales dont make a album
    ~a image dont make a album
    ~having a classic album in the past doesnt mean your album will be nice
    ~how much money you make off the album doesn’t determine its worth

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    Hov got flow though he’s no Big and Pac but he’s close
    How I’m supposed to win they got me fighting ghosts…
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    does this clown actually thin he his nicer than Pac and Biggie

    I could think of a few people above Jay:
    Common
    Nas
    Beans
    Talib Kweli
    Weezy F Baby
    Snoop(dont believe me compare album for album)(including the upcoming lps)

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    arguably, the greatest rapper of all time.
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    i had to stop in the middle of my reading to make a comment about this statement…dude how much are you getting paid…like diddy said i lot of you promoters get paid to lie…while he gets paid to tell the truth(proactive)…the greatest of all time…wow…

  • http://www.myspace.com/kingmagazine William Holla Esq.

    First off Jay is the epitome of what an MC should be the rap game (business aspect) is here to pimp u for money and let u eat what they want u to eat, this man totally flipped the game and made it work for him in more ways than one, I mean like everybody has been bumpin his joints for years and when he had nothing comin out it was like a drought in the hood.. don’t get me wrong we had our Jeezy’s our T.I.’s even Dipset had a joint or 2 but nothing is like a Hova Song whether it’s any season summer winter spring or fall,
    as for Meth and Dmx the answer to that ques? is in front your face….
    “If [an artist] fails, you did it. If they succeed, they did it.

    here is a little phrase for yall bitches::
    “If you chasing greatness, you chasing greatness. History shall record greatness.”

    Hova!!!

    http://www.myspace.com/kingmagazine

  • KG

    1ST nUCCAZ…Jay is on tha grind, I ain’t gonna say nuttin’ about his business until 2/3 years from now and I ain’t gonna say nuttin’ bout tha album for another 19 days…i figga let dude do what he do, if it bombs it bombs, if it’s a smash then respect tha dude..i know some comments are gonna come out like “Jay ain’t shit”…but ya’ll “9th men on tha bench”…shut up and watch. Hip hop music.

  • My Big Balls

    Ya’ll niggas really fucking hate Jay…
    That shits crazy…i’m surprised @ u incredibe! And that nigga Mark up top is just plain stoooopid!

  • content

    SIANTS 5-2 BITCHES

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    SAINTS ROUTTED BY BALTIMORE BITCHES

  • LONZO

    Arguably greatest rapper of all time???LOL. That’s so fukin disrespectful to real niggaz who did it b4 him. Funny shit though….when g-unit was hot, YN was all over their dick, now jay-z doin his thing and here comes YN, suckin his dick. …..real niggaz know jay-z is no where near greatest of all time. Top 10 yes, number 1 never. Real Talk.
    Doctors Advocate NOV. 14.

  • BLAQ

    i think jay was honest with that one….the fact is albums aint sellin much anymore….everybody downloading.

  • Ghost of 2Pac

    Yall trippin’! Jay is on a different level!

  • http://www.myspace.com/freshmakerodbeatz lukee lefty

    @Lonzo
    Jay was on the first XXL cover and a cover back in July they didnt just get on Jay’s nuts

    1. Biggie
    2. Jay-Z
    3. Nasty NaS
    4. Rakim
    5. Ice Cube

  • kenny

    I CANT WAIT NOVEMBER GOING BE A GOOD MONTH AZ JAYZ AND I HOPE STYLES DROP.AND JAY BEING PREZ DONT MEAN EVERBODY ON DEF JAM SHOULD GO PLATIUM YOU MAKE GOOD SONGS AND GOOD SINGLES IT SELL ITSELF. GHOST HAD BANGER BUT ONE VIDEO I NEVER GOT WHY .ROOTS ALBUM WAS MORE MUSCICAL THEN RAPPIN THIS GENERATION HAS MORE ENERY THEN A CRACKBABY AND THAT WHAT THEY WANT THAT CRACK MUSIC.SO MOVE WIT THE TIMES OR MOVE TO THE BACK.

  • ANDREW

    jay z and 50 cent hands down the best rappers right now with eminem

  • http://Allhiphop MAN MAN

    1.Pac, 2.Jay 3.Nas 4.Em, 5.Biggie

  • 11kap

    WHEN ARE THE POOR GRIMY STREET NIGGAS GONNA START MAKING RECORDS AGAIN? I’VE HAD ENOUGH WITH ALL THESE CRACK DEALERS TURNED MILLIONAIRE RAPPERS IS TOO MUCH ALREADY, MAN.

  • jay-pee

    Im on my way to tha store right now! And Andrew you a damn lie its the game,nas,then jay-z. and thats just because cassidy not droppin this year

  • j-dubz

    1st Niggaz! KINGDOM COME!!!!! I’m waiting on that joint yall

  • j-dubz

    dizam..i’m late as shit

  • Scoob

    Jay got a nice flow. Lyrically, he aint that nice. He aint that deep. Jay can make records but he aint an MC, he ain’t a lyricist! Nas can’t make great records but he can spit!
    I’ll name a few better MCs/Lyricists
    1.Big/Pac
    2.Nas
    3.Busta Ryhmes
    4.Mos Def
    5.Talib
    6.Papoose(the kid is sick)
    7.Redman
    8.Most of Wu-tang (Gza,Deck,Meth,Ghost)
    9.ALOT MORE!!!

    Album will be hot and sell records but not because of his skillz as an MC

  • G.S

    REalest list
    biggie
    PAC
    NAS
    JAY
    EM

  • jOHNN p

    ALL MASONS GO TO HELL!

  • bbron

    Niggaz must be young even putting g-unit in the area of Jay. “I been here from the start, seen niggas put it 2gether and watch them take it apart”. When they hot he hot, when they feet cold his is sizzlin. I have never heard a freestyle or no rappers rap like the freestyle that just came out. That thing was crazy. He brakes everything down all the time but niggaz hate be so high they can’t even disect the shit he saying. He on another level. F@^% that grimy shit, niggaz done evolved and grown up from that shit. That was cool when I was 17 18 back with smif and wesson and grimy biggie. “F@#$ ya little bigets, im trying to invest, own a home 1st”. Hov was “BALLIN” from 94 to 02 buying out the bar and all that shit. “Im so far ahead of my time im bout to start another life look behind you im about to past you twice..Niggaz can’t get past my past”!! The best that ever did it. “Some people Hating”. Its ok to have an oppinion but don’t sound like a dick head with it, make sense. KEEP IT DECENT. If you can’t respect that your whole perspective is wack!

  • HOT AS THAT THANG OUT HURR N THESE $TREET$

    Jay must have fucked yo’ mama dj incredible(notice the disrespect of the lower case). Jay’s talent is undeniable whether you rock with’ dude or not. I mean, that’s like sayin’ Don King not a good promoter or Buffie ass ain’t fat. Some things in life are just what they are and that nigga Jay is nice on the mic. It is what it is. A nigga will hate on Jay then say he is top 5 or top 10 though…what the fuck is that about??? Stop hatin’ on niggas and give respect where it’s due.

    All y’all niggas so scared for Nas. Like Jay said if he was ready they would be rollin’. History shows you that Jay is more consistent than Nas and that’s no disrepect to Nas because actually Jay is the most consistent artist EVER in the hip-hop genre. Nobody ever put out an album every year for 8 years. Nobody! Not even y’all beloved Pac, Biggie, Nas, Em, none of them niggas. That show you that nigga shit is God-given. Even your most esteemed MCs have to take a year or two to come up with that shit when dude can do that shit in his sleep…’Nough said, stop hatin’ bitches…

  • Real Hip-Hop Fan

    I could think of a few people BELOW Jay:
    Common
    Nas
    Beans
    Talib Kweli
    Weezy F Baby
    Snoop(dont believe me compare album for album)(including the upcoming lps)

  • bbron

    Don’t skim thru it, listen. And don’t just hear the album, listen to underground stuff he did too. “addicted to the game” “don’t you know”"peoples court” Get my shit off” and on and on. Dude got all types of flows. Personal introspective, club joints, ego songs(imaginary player, you don’t know what your doing) street songs, hustle, for the hood, for the girls, coming at the girls(big pimping,that ya chick). Deep songs like regrets, d-evils, soon you understand, moment of clarity,allure,there has been a murder, never change. His shit is relatable and lyrical. Just cause he make it seem easy and effortless don’t meen he don’t have lyrics and your favorite rapper took a year to write a classic. He probably forgot he made half the shit he made. Jordan was the best cause he did it all, D Offense, clutch, image, swagger and championships. You can’t be 1 dimensional and be the best. Backpackers, old heads(even ya moms who don’t listen to rap), bitches, hustlers, grimy niggas and smart niggaz respect him. You can’t say that about a lot of niggas on yall list. I keeps it decent with mine. Like he said niggaz hate success. Ceaser to Brutus, Jesus to Judas.
    Philly all day
    Jay-z
    Big/pac
    Nas
    Krs

  • Vindi

    The interview was real honest i gotta respect it

    http://www.myspace.com/vindiakaleon
    http://www.soundclick.com/se23sfinest

  • Real Hip-Hop Fan

    Common,Nas and Talib Kweli are probably the closest to JAY on your list (Weezy F Baby and Beans could be replaced with EMINEM.)

  • Real Hip-Hop Fan

    THE KING DONE COME BACK LIKE IT OR NOT
    The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE
    WHY DID YOU EVEN START WITH THAT WACK LIST.

    JAY-Z IS THE THE GREATEST RAPPER/MC/LYRISIST/ARTIST ALIVE RIGHT NOW REGARDLESS WHAT YOU ALL SAY, IM SORRY BUT ITS THE TRUTH

    Jay is the most consistent artist EVER in the hip-hop genre. Nobody ever put out an album every year for 8 years. Nobody! Not even y’all beloved Pac, Biggie, Nas, Em, none of them niggas.

  • Real Hip-Hop Fan

    THE KING DONE COME BACK LIKE IT OR NOT
    The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE
    WHY DID YOU EVEN START WITH THAT WACK LIST.

    JAY-Z IS THE THE GREATEST RAPPER/MC/LYRISIST/ARTIST ALIVE RIGHT NOW REGARDLESS WHAT YOU ALL SAY, IM SORRY BUT ITS THE TRUTH

    Jay is the most consistent artist EVER in the hip-hop genre. Nobody ever put out an album every year for 8 years. Nobody! Not even y’all beloved Pac, Biggie, Nas, Em, none of them niggas.

  • Real Hip-Hop Fan

    THE KING DONE COME BACK LIKE IT OR NOT
    The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE
    WHY DID YOU EVEN START WITH THAT WACK LIST.

    JAY-Z IS THE THE GREATEST RAPPER/MC/LYRISIST/ARTIST ALIVE RIGHT NOW REGARDLESS WHAT YOU ALL SAY, IM SORRY BUT ITS THE TRUTH

    Jay is the most consistent artist EVER in the hip-hop genre. Nobody ever put out an album every year for 8 years. Nobody! Not even y’all beloved Pac, Biggie, Nas, Em, none of them niggas.***********11-21-06*******

  • Real Hip-Hop Fan

    THE KING DONE COME BACK LIKE IT OR NOT
    The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE
    WHY DID YOU EVEN START WITH THAT WACK LIST.

    JAY-Z IS THE THE GREATEST RAPPER/MC/LYRISIST/ARTIST ALIVE RIGHT NOW REGARDLESS WHAT YOU ALL SAY, IM SORRY BUT ITS THE TRUTH

    Jay is the most consistent artist EVER in the hip-hop genre. Nobody ever put out an album every year for 8 years. Nobody! Not even y’all beloved Pac, Biggie, Nas, Em, none of them niggas.***********11-21-06*******

  • repeat

    first and foremost any nigga dissin jay is a fuckin idiot. i ask you who has done for hiphop what this man has? he has takin it to new hieghts all the while remaining credible in the streets. he is one of the most inovative emcees of our time and not to mention he’s believable…. which is more than i can say for 95% of the muthafuckas holdin a mic to day. oh and did i forget to mention that his career has a spand of ten plus years and counting. now lets see if your favorite rapper can accomplish that. as far as pac and big yes they were great, but you cant call them the greatest of all time because they’re careers were to short you cant say what would have haPPENED UP TO NOW…..NOT SPECULATION JUST THE FACTS PEOPLE….P.S. BEFORE YOU HATE GO DO YO MUTHAFUCKIN HOMEWORK SO YOU WONT SOUND STUPID. PIECEEEEEEEEEE.

  • Real Hip-Hop Fan

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  • RELEASE

    first and foremost any nigga dissin jay is a fuckin idiot. i ask you who has done for hiphop what this man has? he has takin it to new hieghts all the while remaining credible in the streets. he is one of the most inovative emcees of our time and not to mention he’s believable…. which is more than i can say for 95% of the muthafuckas holdin a mic to day. oh and did i forget to mention that his career has a spand of ten plus years and counting. now lets see if your favorite rapper can accomplish that. as far as pac and big yes they were great, but you cant call them the greatest of all time because they’re careers were to short you cant say what would have haPPENED UP TO NOW…..NOT SPECULATION JUST THE FACTS PEOPLE….P.S. BEFORE YOU HATE GO DO YO MUTHAFUCKIN HOMEWORK SO YOU WONT SOUND STUPID. HOLLA

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  • BATMAN

    Real Hip-Hop Fan

  • SEAN P

    THE CAMELS BACK YOU GOT LESS THAN 2 MONTHS………………………GOOD LUCK!

  • Lil’ Zhak

    Fuck Jay-z

  • da bossman

    Fuck Lil’ Zhak

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Clyde Barker

    as much as i hate to say it, J fucked up with X. at one point they was the two premier MC’s at def jam and they got mad history… but now that J is in charge he promoted whack rappers like …. jeezy, rick ross, and all the lil ladies like tiera marrie and the jamaican chick

  • Dr Flav

    Everybody can get criticized, no man is perfect. The LL and 50 staged comment was wack, but he is good at promotin himself, but draw a line somewhere. Why give fans a marketing mind fuck? Let your talent sell your record, like Method Man has been forced to do (nice sneak dis BTW). People hate Game for name dropping, but not Jay. LOL! The retirement was bogus, more marketing of course, pretty good for no business degree, but experience is best teacher. Success with the album, but please lets not boost it as the next coming of Jesus, you only as good as your last game. Confidence>>>Conceit, bring it down a notch, we all are sensitive to Ether.

  • http://Liberty.edu Doc Diezel

    Real talk…u kno how sum niggas say jordan wasnt tha best…dat the homy GOAT from up north was just as good if not better than Jordan and that if he woulda got in tha league that shit woulda been different…that if Oscar Robinson woulda won more championships that he would be considered as the greatest..if Bill Russel woulda led his team in scoring he would be considered the greates..but wat is “if”..if my aunt had a dick she would be my uncle…thats the same wit Jigga as the same wit Jordan…if nas had just as much platinum success…if big and pac would still be alive…if rakim woulda cross over mainstream…if cube woulda been just as versatile…live wit tha facts folks.Real talk Jigga is the greatest of all time..BBRON said it tha best ahead of me in the note..Jordan/Jigga…the GOAT and im a huge eminem fan bitches

  • http://360.yahoo.com/deshawn772004 Ranga 22

    Fuck you mean, nigga? Didn’t Busta put out an album every fucking year until 03 just like Jay? And didn’t the nigga start before Jay? The fuck ya’ll bumpin ya’ll gums about these days bout this rap shit… that’s why it is what it is now… THIS RAP SHIT. Nobody can sell shit no more with all the bootleggin and downloading mufuckaz is doin’? And albums sales here in America? Nigga, please… Germany is the largest consumer of Rap Music in da damn world! (Read, pussies.) Why you think mufuckaz be itching for world tours. Notice how every rapper than went to Europe stopped through Amsterdam?

  • BlackBetty

    All these “lists” anybody ever heard of Kool G Rap?

  • Tumi

    The Muthafuckin King Is Back!! Coppin that shit when it hits South Africa. Great, Amazing concert!!

  • Tumi

    Is the somebody who still says Ether & Hit ‘em Up are better than TAKEOVER? If so, please check the lyrics & you’ll all see why JIGGA has the best diss record of all time.

  • Cyber Kid

    I think people get mixed up with popular rappers that were luckly to make it, yes you might think there best only beacuse you do not know any better. There are probably some amazing unkown rappers that would have jay z for breakfast and he would admit that too, he even quotes in his songs he wishses he could rap like common sense. Yes he makes great records, but the world is a big place and there are meny good talents out there.. Good point blackbetty says about kool G rap, hes is the blue print of lot what came after. You got your rakims, then yes your biggies and pacs great they all deserve credit Em too yes, what about Kool keith? dont think for a second Jay Z could out rap him or even em. Learn your history first… theres more too it than the top so called rappers stop being sheep.

  • NastyNAsir

    lol everyone on Jigga dick. I like dude but hype is crazy right now.

    I like that he is 40 yrs old and rappin. People make fun of that but think about it, he the only old ass nigga that still got it, all those old dudes like LL, G Rap, Kane, Rah fell off.

    So we never seen the perspective of an old dude who didnt sound dated. I hope Jay raps about more important shit than hustling and what his new favorite beverish is etc, he did that for 10 yrs, now he a grown man, use that skill and combine with old man topics, if stupid niggas wanna clown that shit then its on them, you need to bring this shit forward and grow hip hop the fuck up cause all these young niggas on the same topic since Scoold D.

  • http://xxlmag jay and nas

    real hip hop fan is fat and gay

  • http://myspace.com/forpromotionaluseonly cashrlue

    yo it is what it is, aint nobody consistant as Jay album his catalouge speak for itself, ” what more can i say”

  • haha

    I like that he is 40 yrs old and rappin
    ^^^^^^^how can someone who was born on the 4th of december 1969 be 40 years old????????

  • One

    Mr. Corleon that was not a smart entry to this blog.

  • SUPERMAN

    REAL HIP HOP. NOT GAYME HIP HOP. YEAH!

  • 11kap

    Old school niggas aint fall off as long as you like to listen to them – for example, WHODINI is still banging after all these years. go check that shit. new school niggas are just that-brand new, but guess what, kid? Aint nothin new under the sun. Old niggas already know what you’re trying to learn. wise up, sun. you can’t stay young forever. you’ll be old one day too. just keep living and find out.

  • enoch

    hi jay-Z i hope u are happy of coming to ghana it was agood day for me to see jay-Z live in ghana so my name is LiLjay-Z gooddddddddddddddddddddaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy jay-Z

  • Three4

    Can´t wait 4 Kingdom Come…

  • eeyore

    fuck jay z hesw cd i got it (bootleg)its wack he keeps talkin bout retirin get ur retirin money now grandpa ur to old beyonce could be ur daughter im big pimpin now ima get her bitch and if i dont she will sure suck my dick faggot

  • Rodjilius

    looks like he comin back i dont kno if dats a good thing or bad thing

  • Ya Boi Zel of E.Z. Money

    MARK says:
    i dont see how in the hell they say that you are the best rapper. i think that you shouldn’t even started rapping in the first place.i’m glad you retiered because you really suck dick at rappin.AND THAT THE HONEST TRUTH
    eeyore Says:
    fuck jay z hesw cd i got it (bootleg)its wack he keeps talkin bout retirin get ur retirin money now grandpa ur to old beyonce could be ur daughter im big pimpin now ima get her bitch and if i dont she will sure suck my dick faggot
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^
    TWO OF THE BIGGEST HATTAS OF THE
    YYYYEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAARRRRRRRR!!!!
    STEP YO GAME UP NIGGAS NOT YO HATE UP!!
    WHO U NIGGAS LISTEN TO!!FUCKIN BOW WOW/JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE FANS!!!
    “QUIT HATIN MUTHA FUCKA QUIT HATIN”-LIL JON
    KINGDOME COME!~~~!!!!
    H.O.V.A!!!!
    BTW-LOOK AT YO NAME NIGGA “EEYORE”
    BITCH ASS NIGGA

  • Killa B

    The king is back bitches
    this is the album that is going to save hiphop after that bitch 50s shit fell off someone needs to shoot that motherfucker again and make sure they don’t miss this time. HOV is going to do exactly what he always does and reinvent this shit again…coppin this shit FOR SURE

  • Freedom

    Death to all “Free Masons”.

  • Freedom

    death to all free masons

  • http://mcmusicnote.blogspot.com MC

    Great article on Hov..Can’t wait to check the new album, should be a classic based on what we’ve heard so far..

    Also, Nas please get some new beats. Much love for Nas, but you can’t use a sped-up version of “In-a-Goda-Davida” a second time and think we wont notice..

    MC

  • young_fane

    The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE………DUDE U A FLIP FLOP…..HOW U GONE CRITIZE THE SHIT OUT OF HOV AND THEN SAY HE CLOSE TO BEING 1 OF THE BEST…….MUFUCKAS ALWAYS TRYIN TO TURN THERE OPIONS TO FACT……HERE’S FACTS…….HOV’S SOLD A LOT OF RECORDS…….FACT……THE MAN HAS HIS HANDS IN SEVERAL INVESTMENTS…..WHICH = MONEY…….FACT…….THE MAN HAS EARNED SEVERAL FANS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD….HOOD NIGGAZ….OLD PEOPLE…..WHITE/BLACK…….FACT……HIGHLY RESPECTED BY MOST RAPPERS…….FACT…….HELL OF A MAN U ASK ME…….1 OF THE BEST TO ME…….BEING THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME…..HOW CAN ANYONE SAY WHO IS THE ABSOLUTE GREATEST IS LIKE THEY HAVE A LOOK INTO EVERY NIGGA MIND IN THE WORLD COME ON NOW…….QUITE TRYING TO TURN OPIONS TO FACT……U AINT GOD NIGGA…….GET REAL

    MY TOP 5…..MOW REMEMBER I SAID MY TOP 5….NOT EVERY NIGGA FROM MICHIGAN….AND NOT…..THIS IS THE TOP 5 U GOTTA AGREE WITH ME……

    1. BIG
    2. HOV/NAS….CAN’T REALLY DECLARE
    3. PUN
    4. WEEZY F
    5. JOE BUDDEN

    THESE THE ONLY NIGGAZ TO ME THAT HAVE NEVER CAME INCONSISTENT TO ME…..RAKIM, KRS, GANGSTARR…I’M 20….THEY WERE BEFORE MY TIME….I GREW UP ON GANGSTA SHIT……HOLLA AT YA BOY……

  • young_fane

    eeyore Says: fuck jay z hesw cd i got it (bootleg)its wack……

    YEAH FUCKIN RIGHT…..IF U GOT THAT SHIT BOOTLEG….IM FUCKIN SANTA CLAUSE NIGGA….THAT SHIT AINT EVEN CLOSE TO BEING BOOTLEGGED….GET YA LAME ON PUSSY!!!!!!!!!!

  • icee corleon

    jonny p and one

    i could careless if you losers dont like masons but you little people stay in line and get a history lesson before you diss something you know nothing about.
    carry on..

  • Fred D

    Yea The Best Album of the Yar was ByFAR GhostFACE and why did that get more push???? one video?? and they choose the Ne-Yo track WTF!!??? dame w/ DMX and LL if ya not DIck Ridin w/ Hov then forget about it… HOVA betta Cum w/ that Bacon!!!!

  • Fred D

    Jay Need Help At Def Jam!! Come holla at cha boy boy, Ill put LL, FACE, MEth, Redman and anyone else Back on the Map!!Plus Ill sign dudes like Rakim, AZ, Lil Easy and make them stars too!! If ya aint Dick Ridin w/ Hov then u gets no LUV(Jeezy, Ne-Ho, and all them pop sluts!!

  • Fred D

    On the Real Top 8 G.O.A.T.

    8-Eminem
    7-Del the Funkyhomosapien
    6-Big L
    5-Big Daddy Kane
    4-2pac
    3-BIGGIE
    2-Hov
    1-Nas
    -Just Missin the List: All of Wu, Rakim, Snoop, Buckshot, ATCQ, MURS, Scarface, Ice Cube, Necro

  • Cuban Link

    lol Jay fell off hard his track was overplayes the 2nd day it was out, and it sucked.I really hope he gives NaS as much promotion as hes giving himself.

  • Fred D

    Def Jam Needs More JEWS!!! Hire More Jews!! I cant wait till Ghost Drops another Gem…. Tell Me WHy On MOn I was in Vegas for A Rik Ross Show that started @ 10pm but nigga didnt go on till 3am???? Fuck that Fat Lazy Nigga..

  • Fred D

    FUck Ricky Ross Dude Does not know how to throw on a show, Dont u ever come back to Vegas Nigga! and tell me why there was girls and was like half empty HA…

  • bbron

    Cuban link like Parcels said, “you are what you are(or record in sports)” You can’t promote shit, if niggas don’t feel you then they don’t feel you. Budwiser or the laptop comercial aint going to put Nas, or ghostface, M man, LL, Freeway, Or Peedi on there comercial. Jay was promoted before he became president. he aint get the job, then promote himself. His face and legacy is already a given even if he went to sleeping bag records. People kill me with that promotion shit, at the end of the day people be on the radio and still don’t sell shit. If you want to keep it real the Roots owe him the shit they sold. They in the Red. Dmx come out with Lord give me a sign! 8 yeats ago he had the prayer verse on his first album. he aint change. The consumer don’
    t want to hear that, AGAIN. They don’t want to hear “Bring the pain from Meth”. Them dudes aint going to sell I don’t care what you promote. I remember what Jay said on 1 song..”Perhaps if you was into, half the shit i been thru that would make your pin move, your heart would open your pen would bleed instead yall niggas flow owe so retardly..How can you stand there pants there down to ya ass and you want to spar with me”!! You have to evolve in a maximam 2- 3 year career in hip hop. “THE RAP JERRY RICE IS BACK TO FULLFILL THE NEED THOUGH I LEAD THE LEAGUE” Think about it

  • AFFEKT

    TOP 10
    Nas
    Jay-z
    Big
    Pac
    Eminem
    Snoop
    Rakim
    KRS
    Cube
    Game

  • Vicky007

    I get sooo sick n tired of people saying Pac was the best rapper. That is so bull*hit! He said the same ol thing in every song. >>>LISTEN…PAC WAS NOT THAT GOOD OF A RAPPER!!!

  • dbz

    fuck jay z

  • dbz

    best:
    1. pac
    2. cube
    3. krs
    4. big
    5. wu tang
    6. dmx
    7. big l
    8. snoop dogg
    9. lox
    10. gangstarr

  • Chris Bowman ( ChefB1 )

    does this clown actually thin he his nicer than Pac and Biggie

    I could think of a few people above Jay:
    Common
    Nas
    Beans
    Talib Kweli
    Weezy F Baby
    Snoop(dont believe me compare album for album)(including the upcoming lps)
    ____________________________________________________________________________

    LMAO

    Beans? Snoop? Wayne?

    Reaching there buddy,

    And as for Meth its all his fault, when was the ;last time Meth actually sold any records on his own? His debut.

    People arent interested in a Meth solo record. Simple.

    Jas IS the KONY.

  • Chris Bowman ( ChefB1 )

    Ghost, Roots and Lupe?

    Jay exec produced the 3 best rap albums this year so far….

    Co=incidence? i dont think so

  • E-Towns Finest

    Man I love Jay and Game, but clipse also comes out in november and everybody sleepin on it even though its got a XXL last month.Ima cop all three, but i think this Hell Hath No Fury is gonna suprise alot of people, and if you aint heard Lord Willin, do so before their new album drops.

    And if you think Jay-z and Game’s new shit garbage, then 1) you have no taste in music and should end your life asap or 2) think that Jim Jones and Lloyd Banks are the greatest rappers ever….. o wait if you think that somebody should have already shot you anyways

  • E-Towns Finest

    Man I love Jay and Game, but clipse also comes out in november and everybody sleepin on it even though its got a XXL last month.Ima cop all three, but i think this Hell Hath No Fury is gonna suprise alot of people, and if you aint heard Lord Willin, do so before their new album drops.

    And if you think Jay-z and Game’s new shit garbage, then 1) you have no taste in music and should end your life asap or 2) think that Jim Jones and Lloyd Banks are the greatest rappers ever….. o wait if you think that somebody should have already shot you anyway

  • jon-jon 23

    Jay Z is not nearly the best of all time. He made a lot of money though through buying radio spins and brainwashing idiots. The man can rap but he shouldn’t have come out again. Like Nas said he loves the attention. He won’t stop ’till he flops(which will probably be soon). Probably should have concentrated on the executive job and tried to build new artists but he was too selfish for that. He seems to be a liability to the company. Just my opinions. And oh yeah, some of you cats need to wipe Jay Z’s nut off your chin and stop riding like a 16 year old groupie bitch. Man be a man.

  • GanGsta Muzik

    Fuck a niggaz views and opinions. Jay gonna cake regardless of what ya yappin’- For those that like him… we’ll have more shit to bump to while those other fools are lookin’ for shit.
    Music the soundtrack of your life!
    BIG
    JAY
    EM (for those that have a white life)
    WAYNE
    T.I.

  • BlackBetty

    Nastynasir – G rap never fell off in the first place. He steadily spittin – underground cause thats where he wants to be. And for whom ever said Gangstarr wasn’t gangsta shit you must be out your damn mind.

  • bahamaboy

    i jus want to say haters can only do what they sent to do thats hate. usually thet jus be envious hey you sesitive thugs you all need hugs jay do you dawg thats all you can do and thats be the best of all times, leaders can only lead if they dropped you in the back of afrika you would still be a leader you take the risks others get the credits but i been feelin you from the get go i feel what you be goin tru and appreciate you giving us a piece of what you go tru in this raping industry keep ya head up

  • LANDIGGY

    down loader

  • tat money

    suck a dick mark and quit hatin

  • Daviduk

    well well, Jay Z is a business man, good at looking after himself….He is not knowledgeble enuf to manage Defjam, he is not among the greatest lyrically…..To be Nas’s Boss makes me sick to the gully…..Jay’s contract is up for renewal soon and hope to God he gets pushed out of Defjam.
    Nas- as one of ur biggest fans, u will regret this move. Peace

  • http://www.myspace.com/faskogear jamal

    w ooooooooooooooo jigga man its the best nigga hova

  • Tumi

    no disrespect. I love THE GAME but anyone who said THE DOCTOR’s ADVOcate was the most anticipated album of 2006 must out of their minds. THE RULER’s BACK on NOV 21. FUCKERS!!!!!!!!!

  • Tumi

    Let’s get it 2gether guys. Jigga is the greatest of all time & I’ve seen all yo lists but let’s keep it real EMINEM can probably skin all the rappers lyrically in yo lists(Jay can testify 2 that(RENEGADE. If I was Nas for my upcming album, I’d probably do a song with both JIGGA & SLIM. Now that would be something. Pac’s song were all about BAD BOY KILLA so I don’t rate him that much as an emcee, he sucks. My list_
    1. Jigga
    2. Nas
    3. Biggie
    4. Rakim
    5. Pac
    6. Ice Cube
    7. Eminem
    8. KRS-One
    9. Big Daddy Kane.

    Eminem could slay all of them aline lyrically. We all know that so stop hatin the white boy. I’m black

  • real hip hop fan

    stop hateing on jay he is the best thing that happen to rap he’s done so much for the game and after kingdom drops all you haters are going to be sick he will sell 2m album fist week

  • http://www.insanemacbeth.com Insane Macbeth

    i’m glad JAY-HOVA’s back; all i want is THE GOD EMCEE RAKIM to return, now!

    EASY.

    http://www.insanemacbeth.com
    http://www.myspace.com/officialinsanemacbeth

  • http://myspace.com/marcopolo marco polo

    peep dis clip of marco talkin to jay z on the phone
    myspace.com/marcopolo

  • Will

    Mark is duschebag, jay is the all time best rappper ever, i got 4 of his cd’s ordered

  • Talleyville

    The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    You must be a fake ass rapper or something or JAY didnt sign you like JIM JONES and the GAME!!!!

  • Tumi

    As i was saying about the Nas, Jigga & Eminem song, Dr Dre should produce it & let 50 or Kanye sing the hook (that is what they good at anyway). Now tell me if this wouldn’t be a fucken classic?

  • freehiphop

    HATING ON HOV=DIGGIN A HOLE

  • aSheRE

    ahhhhhhhhh, Jay HOva…>
    itzZz 6Outa 6e sum shit, tha Dips iS alR3aDi siCC
    >>CaN’t wait!

    haha

  • sean

    what is he wearing, what his the clothing line called with with skulls and crossbones???????????????????

  • dboy

    JIGGA is tha F’in man but that nigga look like he’s Ron Isley afe in that pic. HAHAHa.. Kingdom Come is the best album in recent years

  • T

    This article was a good one, and Jay-Z blunt spoke about the way he feels and I argree with him 100%. We need him to come back. I think he did what he had to do for himself and thats how life is so for those who think he grimey, in life you go where it comfortable and right for you not what others want and I respect him for what he did cause if it was me I think I would’ve taken the offer from the jump remember he turned it down. He needs to keep wearing his Purple Label and let the hater hate cause people hate when others are making moves. “Brush your shoulda off HOV”

  • Los

    these lil niggas the ones hatin…havent heard all 11 hov albums..just talkin and shit…yall just like hearin niigas talkin bout shit u dont do or have…when jay-z drop some deep shit i hear the common stupid mothafucka response..”shit is wack”..no dumb shits yall cant understand…read a book

  • CGUNNA

    Everybody that has sumthinf negative to say about hov F***k Ya’ll. This man is great at what he do no matter what it is. Don’t hate cause lyrically he is nice. I hust don’t think ya’ll actually listen to what he is syen. Kingdom Come Is fire this is a album for a grown man not a lil boy. All ya’ll hatin are lil boys.Everybody Throw yout diamonds up one time for hov.

  • 100premium

    First off,
    Props to XXL! Loved the article on Jay; FIRE! Next, I copped the album, and it too, is fire. Finally, to the haters; GET OFF JAY’S DICK!!! If you don’t recognize this nigga as the supreme lyricist that he is, then obviuosly, you don’t listen to lyrics. Oh yeah, a message to Jim Jones, Cam, and the rest of them Dip-Set niggas: Get your weight up before you step to the throne, Bitches! Didn’t you lil’ niggas get your asses whipped by them Junior Mafia niggas in your own back yard!?

  • sveezy21

    Hov is hip hop man. He can’t even be touched. Staying on top is being able to play the Game…….and HOV is the mutheruckin MVP of the century

  • sveezy21

    Top 10 MC’s…….HANDS DOWN

    1. Eminem
    2. Biggie
    3. Pac
    4. Big L
    5. Nas
    6. Hov
    7. Jada
    8. Kanyeezy
    9. T.I.
    10. Pun

  • Sonny

    the man SOLD OUT THE GARDEN IN A DAY!!
    1 DAY, BY HIMSELF…..IT WASNT NO T.I. OR EMINEM ACTS GOIN, JUST JAY.
    and i think its was in like 3 hours or something setting a record

    u guys are fuckin sick for hatin on that man and not even puttin him in your top 3
    think about this shit…… biggie only put out like 2 albums….WOW THATS A HUGE NUMBER ISNT IT… so all you fags mean to tell me that if DMX died after his lets say 3rd album say he got shot and died………HED PROBABLY BE IN ALL U SICK FUCKS TOP 3 RIGHT? i think PAC deserves the respect because of all the albums but even he doesnt have the kinda consistency Jay has

    1- JAY-Z
    2- 2PAC
    3- BIG L U BITCH ASS MOTHERFUCKERS WHAT ABOUT HIM

  • http://XXL DIVADOLLEB

    I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT I THINK THAT JAY IS THE BEST THAT EVER DONE IT AND HE IS HANDS DOWN I GREAT MC. I HAVE NOTHING BUT LOVE FOR HIM AND I JUST WANT TO LET HIM KNOW THAT HE IS FIRE.

  • http://XXL DIVADOLLEB

    I ALSO WANT TO ADD THAT THE ALBUM IS ALSO FIRE.

  • kne81

    1- JAY-Z
    2- 2PAC
    3- BIG L U BITCH ASS MOTHERFUCKERS WHAT ABOUT HIM
    ______________________________________You got a point there Sonny cuz From what I remembered then Big L was about to blow up before he died and his shit was crazy..even back then Jay-Z and the rest of the Roc wanted to sign him to a deal(no disrespect to Jay-Z).As for Jay-Z all of his album been nuthin but pure fire(including Reasonable Doubt;which just blew my mind away).And no I don’t got a list of the best because I don’t want to compare some of my favorite rapper to one another..they’re all great to me..(Biggie,Pac,Nas,Jay-Z,don’t forget about Big Pun,Em,BIG L,Rakim,etc. etc. Ohh yeah that Kingdom Come Album is Hot..On some Grown Man Shit..so haters turn the other direction ya’ll can’t handle the heat…And Jim Jones sound like Barney Rubble on Syrup..

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  • Judge

    yeah thats right! jay and 50 are gonna but shit down! i hope that Roca staff and G Unit crew take some shots to game and kill that fucking retarded homo.. cuz hes embaresing the hole hiphop consept!! it’s worthy that we gonna try to put the game out of work.. nobody needs that fucking change of heart jumping around and thinking that hes good.. game is going too far saiyng that he gonna sell 1mill!! no way not whit that talent and hes lame lyrics and anyway jay crushed your record sales fucking idiot!!!!

  • ANNOYED AT ALL THE HATERS

    Before I comment on JAY, BALTIMORE IS 9/3 BITCHES. Anyway, I am so sick of the haters. Stop hating 0n JAY because he’s a FUCKING GENIUS. DON’T KNOCK HIS HUSTLE. Oh, and as of DEC. 4, 2006 he has the number one album in the country, sold over 800,000 units, and has a record of 9 #1 albums. He’s in the same company as Elvis and the Beatles. So before you start to make your comments look at history haters. “MEN LIE, WOMEN LIE, NUMBERS DON’T”. ****HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAY***

  • Jacob

    Jay is doing his thing. I think people love to give him props for his overall lyricism, but now that he’s winning too much, people are fronting on how much Jay improved lyrically. On top of that, he is currently the greatest rapper alive. LL was and still holds the GOAT title respectively because nobody done what he done before in all those years, but since the top 3 dead or alive blew up, LL got overshadowed kind of like Hov is getting right now. Jay upped the rapping bar by alot. Show him his due respect!

  • H-MAN

    judge should be on g-unit’s marketing team. to call him a “Stan” would be showing homage to the chick to took the “cum shot”.

    masons = cloak boys

  • Judge

    Game is just another Pop Princess like Ja rule… Truth!

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  • http://www.bdnvisiom.org Larryy Bello,Nima-Ghana

    Jay aint nothing but a garbage.Nas is the illest,the God MC.Jay can’t be among the top ten emcees.
    1:Nas
    2;Pac
    3:Big
    4:Rakim
    5:KRS one
    6:Kool G Rap
    7:AZ
    8:Jada
    9:Young Noble(Outlawz)
    10:Methodman

  • Nicole N.

    I read this issue over and over. The piece on Jay Z was like reading the gospel according to the hip hop god. The man is a genius and his lyrics are real talk. Hova is the best rapper alive. I said alive! And it seems like the more people hate, the better his words flow. I almost passed out when I picked up my favorite magazine XXL (yes, it’s my hip hop Bible) and saw Jay-Z on the cover. All I can say is, just like I anticipated Jordan coming back, welcome home Hova.

  • 2deep

    ima say dis dat nigga jay is on a whole notha level. u think he gives a fuck bout wat niggas think cuz if he did he would not be where he is. name 1 person that was a rapper first n ended up being half as sucessful as him. tha only rappers dat come close is nelly n he only worth 63 mill jay worth 340 mill dat mean he can buy out nelly 4 times n still have 100 mill. think about it. im 18 n dont get me wrong i like dipset. jim jones ballin is 1 ov my favorite songs rite now but im 18 i can aford 2 b ballin. a 38 year old talkin bout rims his ride n hoes sound stupid. y u think as rappers get olda they change dey stile up. do u think lil wayne still gonna be talkin bout work wen he get close 2 30? hes been in tha game 4 so long it would get old. y u think snoop changed his stile up. n its funny cuz like dey say jay was doin wat dez niggas is doin so long ago ” ballin” is tha same concept as “big pimpin.” throw som money n tha air talk bout wat u got. i have respect 4 dat nigga jay. wat otha nigga u kno has a picture shakin hands with bill gates. wat otha nigga u kno got a deal with budweiser. wat otha nigga got a deal with a computer company. if not dat who else u kno got dey own color!!!!!!. dats money. people talk bout him selin out n he aint on shit. but like he say ” niggas lie hoes lie money dont”. n think tha nigga aint tha best lookin but he got tha money, power, respect, plus tha overall best girl in tha game on his nutts. so u can hate all u want but even niggas u like has somthin 2 do wit him. jezzy ludacris jus 2 name 2 hav 2 answer 2 dis man because he is hip hop. any nigga n america would b stupid if dey say they would not want 2 b n his shoes. cuz 15 years ago he was jus like us tryna make it. so if u dont like him u have 2 respect him cuz wit out him one of the best albums of all time(resonable doubt) would not been made. the 2 best battle tracks of new york history would not of been made (takeover, ether) people would still b wearin fubu. not 2 inculd dis man own part of a basketball team. i could go on n on……… but u cant diss a nigga dats doin it. cuz hes showin niggas like me it can be done. n if u dont like tha man strive 2 be betta den him if u think u can b or do betta……..

  • K.

    Yo 2 deep you said it all fam i agree with you 500% jay was just another dude from Brooklyn Now he is a Business… Man and unlike otha older rappers he still got it kingdom come is suppose to be his weakest album but its better than anything out right now and sold more than any rapper this year real talk i guess ppl mad and say its wack and that the album is not crack because its not

  • K.

    K. Says:

    February 3rd, 2007 at 11:41 pm
    Yo 2 deep you said it all fam i agree with you 500% jay was just another dude from Brooklyn Now he is a Business… Man and unlike otha older rappers he still got it kingdom come is suppose to be his weakest album but its better than anything out right now and sold more than any rapper this year real talk i guess ppl mad and say its wack and that the album is not crack because its not
    about crack

  • fuckfitty

    yo why would anyone whose hating jay-z come on a webpage about him read the whole artical n leave a comment
    obviously your just closet jay listeners
    1)bigL
    2)Biggie
    3)jay-z
    4)pac
    5)nas

  • fuckfitty

    jay-z killed nas on supa ugly ….
    period no questions listen closly

  • everclear

    does anybody know what type of hoody jay is rockin in the pic???

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    jay z is not an emcee but just an ordinary businesman.we talking about emcees stop putin jay’s name.we talking about Pac,Nas or Big.Nas killed jay on both ether and h to omo tracks.Now he begs God’s mercy by partnering with God son

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