It’s like magic versus mechanisms. Which do you prefer?
^ I get where you going… and I kinda agree. But it’s more like analog vs digital. One with a frequency that’s inately understood, the other program that looks and sounds good withouth the harmonious attachment… Jay Z is binary rap. lol
I see where yall are going …
I’ve said this before but the difference between Jay-Z and Nas?
Jay-Z is a hustler and Nas is a true artist.
Nas was dropping classics at 16, Jay-Z was selling drugs to his late 20s.
If Nas never sold big, he’d still be rapping.
If Jay-Z never sold big, he would still be rich. With or without rap.
I will say in art there is something magical or spiritual if you will that happens in the studio.
I can agree with this tho.
There’s a different intent behind the music and I think Nas’ music lends itself to a more spiritual vibe because the messages he puts out there are constructed to teach as well as entertain.
Jay’s shit has a different effect on people. It’s more about him highlighting his lyrical expertise or boasting about his lifestyle.
Jay is Self Made Vol. 1 for real for real.
But the lack of spirituality or reluctance to talk about the greater picture (or acknowledge that there are things greater then his self) is what holds me back from putting Jay-Z in the same category as Nas.
There’s a self righteousness to Jay’s music that isn’t endearing.
That ego is what allowed him to run it for 7 straight summers.
“I use it as my gas so they say that I’m gassed/
But without I’d be last so I ought to last.” -Jay Z’s fountain of youth
In the grand scheme of things, rappers are workers.
Moguls get the money while rappers do the work.
Which is why he was gonna get rid of Dame & Biggs at some point.
He’s always gone a long way to make sure he’s perceived as this awkward genius who made something out of nothing. A hustler who had the life he wanted before he ever got a record deal. The rare rapper who who writes about the life he really lives and is his own boss.