Jay-Z writes article for Rolling Stone on what makes a classic track | News

Roc Nation president and “God MC” Shawn Carter aka Jay-Z has written an article for Rolling Stone on what makes a classic track. The Jiggaman’s article serves as an introduction to Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list which includes four songs by and featuring Jay-Z (Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love, Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and his own hits “99 Problems” and “Big Pimpin”.)

In the article Jay-Z breaks down his thoughts on the makings of a classic track, “A great song doesn’t attempt to be anything — it just is.
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.”

The superstar rapper also spoke on the differences between what he would call a classic and what is a hit song, “Some of my best songs aren’t 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 Jackson’s Off the Wall album may not have been bigger than Thriller, but the songs had better melodies.”

Read the full article at Rolling Stone.

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