SOHH Whatcha Think: How Will Fatherhood Change Jiggaman's Rhymes? 2 Past Events That Jolted Hov's Sound [Click Here & Speak]

Tuesday, Sep 6, 2011 12:30AM

Written by J. Bachelor

Ever since power ouple Hov and B announced that their next collaboration project would be not an album but -- a baby, some pretty interesting stories have hit the Web in regards to their upcoming role as proud parents. One point that may be worth mentioning, however, is how Shawn the dad may affect Jigga the rapper.

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH.com]

In hip-hop, many listeners expect their favorite artists to be lyrical Terminators -- non-human and possessing no emotion but aggression - an interesting fact when considering that one of rap's legends has frequently allowed real events to not only trickle into, but shape, his musical sound.

How will Hov's upcoming bundle of joy influence his music from now on -- will he tone down his arguably already toned down approach? Will we get more hard-edged lyrics as an act of overcompensation?

Let's look at 2 events that have jolted Jigga's sound in the past

The Death of Biggie Smalls

The Notorious B.I.G.

Still reeling from the death of his longtime friend, Hov dropped In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 to less than stellar reviews. In what could have been easily confused as a case of sophomore jinx, Jay has repeatedly stated that he was out of his zone while working on this project.

His Return from Retirement

Jay-Z (Kingdom Come)

Kingdom Come came and went without much of a fuss: Fans complained that The Big Homie sounded too far removed on his comeback album. Add one too many filler tracks along with several struggling hooks and KC is an album that clearly shows a man who had gotten rusty during his time off.

SOHH -- Watcha Think? Will the baby give way to a softer, gentler Jigga? Should we expect a few fatherhood flows and Brady Bunch bars? They say that art imitates life: But how will this new life resonate within art?

Check out this new track by Jay's RocNation artist, J. Cole, below:

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

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