Jay-Z Speaks on Rappers Not Being Able to Rap There Age (Mentions Jim Jones)


Posted on September 3, 2009
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Jay-Z

Understood, but you’re one of the few rappers whose movement is still followed by artists old and young. How conscious are you of that position?

…Like I said, if the genre needs the game to be stretched out, ‘cause you have those guys who are 35 years old trying to make smiley face or whatever, competing with Soulja Boy.

Ha! That’s a Trey Songz record with Soulja Boy on it. It’s hot. They’re clearly aiming at the young kids with that track.

It’s not funny though. [Laughs] I mean, like Jim Jones, for example. And I don’t mean this because we never see eye to eye. He made “Na Na Nana Na.” [Laughs] What’s the difference between “Smiley Face” and “Na Na Nana Na”? Na Na Nana Na” could’ve been called “Smiley Face” [Sings] I got the smiley face, na na nana na na.

Source:XXL Excerpt typed out by Karen Civil


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