News: Jay-Z Names The Biggest Change He Wants In Rap

Friday, Oct 22, 2010 11:45AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rap mogul Jay-Z has offered his opinion on what aspect of hip-hop he would change if he had the ability.

For Hov, he believes the rap game is missing a sense of love and emotion.

"We have to find our way back to true emotion. This is going to sound so sappy, but love is the only thing that stands the test of time. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was all about love. Andre 3000, The Love Below. Even NWA, at its core, that was about love for a neighborhood. We're chasing a lot of sounds now, but I'm not hearing anyone's real voice. The emotion of where you are in your life. The mortgage scandal. People losing their jobs. I want to hear about that." (Wall Street Journal)

In the past, Jay has talked about breaking down hip-hop's racial boundaries.

"On the show as well were Third Eye Blind and Kelly Clarkson," Jay explained. "I thought that to be the oddest pairing ever but, soon realized, it's what I've always professed. There is no such thing as black music or white music only good or bad music. It's stupid cool to like things that are not like you, and that goes for outside of music. If you're an African American you can have a Jewish friend...I think concerts like this should happen more often...I'm putting that into the up Taylor Swift and Uncle Murda!!" (Rap Radar)

Following-up last year's Blueprint III, Jay is reportedly working with producers like Q-Tip for his next album.

"You know, I hate to sound self-involved but I feel like I haven't peaked yet. I have a lot to give still. I still look the part... I still got it. I'm getting ready to work on stuff for Mary J. Blige... Kanye and I are gonna continue to work together. We're doing some stuff for Jay-Z's new album that's coming out in the spring, and then after Jay's thing I'm gonna start recording my new album...Kanye should be working on that, too." (XXL Mag)

In February, Jay said he would not begin working on a new album until wrapping up the Blueprint III tour.

Mr. Carter tells The Associated Press that he has started thinking about his twelfth studio album. "Maybe after I finish [the 'BP3'] tour I'll start another album," he reveals, adding, "Maybe at the end of the year. We'll see if the inspiration hits me." But for now, he's concentrating on perfecting the second leg of his arena tour. "I've been working on my live show for 10 years now, just trying to get it better and better. I used to come out with just a DJ, now I got a band. The production's gotten bigger and the lighting guy takes off his shoes and he plays to the beat," he laughs. "The whole thing is being upgraded every single year." (Rap-Up)

Check out Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind" music video below:

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