Jay-Z: More Than Just Tunes
Jay-Z recently shared his thoughts on his musical journey and future aspirations. With a career spanning decades, Jay-Z has always been at the forefront of delivering powerful messages through his music.
In a candid conversation with Gayle King, Jay-Z expressed his desire to continue producing music, but with a caveat. He emphasized, “I already [used the word ‘retirement’], I can’t do that ever again. I’ll say I wanna make music, but it has to be something important.” Watch part one of the interview below:
Beyond the Beats
For Jay-Z, music isn’t just about catchy beats or chart-topping hits. It’s a medium to communicate, inspire, and challenge societal norms. He elaborated, “I don’t wanna just make a bunch of tunes. That’s not gonna serve me. It won’t feed me, first of all. I have to be saying something important. It has to mean something, you know? It has to mean something to a larger society.”
Watch the music video for “The Story of O.J.” from 4:44 below:
Drawing attention to his album 4:44, Jay-Z highlighted how personal stories can create a universal impact. He remarked, “4:44, for example, was a personal story, but the amount of vulnerability in there allowed for a lot of people to explore the space.” Explore 4:44 further in 10 Classic Hip-Hop Albums Released in June.