Jay-Z For Stop Smiling 20 Interviews issue

Stop Smiling Hovie

Jay-Z sat down with Stop Smiling Magazine to talk about American Gangster, Hip Hop, and Don Imus. Here’s an excerpt:

Stop Smiling:
What about the word using the word ‘nigger’ in rhymes?

Jay-Z:
For me, it’s all about the intention. I could call you an ‘apple tree,’ but if I say it with venom and hate, that is what it’s about. It’s not the word that has the power, it’s the person. All of this came about because the Imus discussion turned into a hip-hop discussion.

Imus couldn’t name three rappers; well, maybe he could, but he couldn’t name their songs. Imus doesn’t listen to rap, so he’s not influenced by it. He didn’t get that from us. I missed the point the discussion stopped being about Imus.

6 Responses to “Jay-Z For Stop Smiling 20 Interviews issue”

  1. S. Mathis Says:
    December 7th, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    Jay always makes good points. It doesnt mean he should be using the ‘N’ word. Then again, maybe I shouldn’t be bumping it.

  2. Reason Says:
    December 7th, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    J is that dude right now & all but I’ve already heard his argument on this point before. Getting kind of redundant the way I see it. Thanks PMD, slowly ruining my perception of what is still good with hip-hop.

  3. Korean Slap Boxer Says:
    December 7th, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    Quit hating and get money my nigga!!!!!

  4. Uno Mcfly Says:
    December 7th, 2007 at 6:01 pm

    Donald Trump and a 10k Tip…yeah i know wrong post…could care less

  5. woodro Says:
    December 8th, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    jay-z is fulla shit…peep the peice written on ya man jay on my page….

  6. Randy Da fuckin' hater from Utica Ave.(U.A.) Says:
    December 10th, 2007 at 11:37 pm

    Got nothing but love for Jay’s music, but fuck that song Brooklyn 2.0 hate on music bitches.

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