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Old 10-28-2010, 12:55 AM   #1
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AMAZING Rolling Stones Magazine article by Jay-Z

My buddy found this introduction to the 500 Great Songs of All Time edition for Rolling Stones Magazine written by Jay-Z. This was an amazing read, even though it is a little long.


When you hear a great song, you can think of where you were when you first heard it, the sounds, the smells. It takes the emotions of a moment and holds it for years to come. It transcends time. A great song has all the key elements- melody, emotion, a strong statement that becomes part of the lexicon, and great production. Think of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. That song had everything; different melodies, opera, R&B, rock, and it explored all of those different genres in an authentic way, where it felt natural.

When Iím writing a song that I know is going to work, itís a feeling of euphoria. Itís how a basketball player must feel when he starts hitting every shot, when youíre 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, theyíre probably not going to work.

When I was starting out, I was just trying to tell stories. I wasnít thinking about melodies. Then I started to marry storytelling with everything I was learning from all these other great records: the great writers like Babyface and Lionel Richie; Rakimís technique and syncopation; Dreís whole package on the Chronic albums; Quincy Jones, the greatest producer of all time; Rick Rubin, whoís not too far behind because of all his genre-jumping.

Technology has caused the songwriting process to lose some of the magic. A lot of times now, people working on a song arenít even in the same room. Imagine if Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones hadnít been in the same room! Those records would have been totally different. Iíve had times when I changed one word because of something that somebody said in the studio, and it changed the whole song. Itís so important to have other people in the room, saying, No, this part is good. Put that there.

I spend a lot of time fighting myself to stay out of the way of a great song. Itís hard for me to leave a song alone, in its natural state. I want it to have that mass appeal, but once I start trying to push it too far, you can feel that something isnít right. when you can hear what a writer is trying to do, itís like watching a dancer and seeing him counting his steps. Music is emotional - if youíre singing that youíre in love with somebody but it doesnít really feel like you are, people can tell.

Some of my best songs arenít the biggest ones. A song like Can I Live is so full of emotion to me - it was better than Hard Knock Life or Empire State of Mind, but it lacked that accessibility. Michael Jacksonís Off The Wall album may not have been bigger than Thriller, but the songs had better melodies.

But when a phrase gets stuck in your head like a great melody, and becomes part of everyday culture, thatís when it can become something great. When your music signifies a time in the culture or continues on in everyday life, like Say it Loud, Iím Black and Iím Proud, or, A Change Is Gonna Come. Or when something like Bling Bling even makes it in the dictionary. Then you know that youíve done your job.

- Jay-Z
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