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Jay-Z

Jay-Z

Date: Nov 02 2009

Themes: Music

Grammar: Present Perfect Tense

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If Elvis Presley is the king of rock ‘n’ roll, then Jay-Z must be the king of hip-hop. He’s put out more number one albums than any artist in the U.S., including Elvis. Plus, he owns an NBA team, a record company, and a clothing company, making him one of the wealthiest businessmen in America. And as if all that weren’t enough, he’s married to Beyonce.

Jay-Z wasn’t always so successful. He grew up in the projects, was abandoned by his father at age 12, and never finished high school. But music was always a big part of his life, and he started recording rap songs in the 1980s. His new album, The Blueprint 3, is his 11th studio album and his 11th album to hit number one. Find out if Jason and Ella think he deserves all his success.

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Jason

Jason

Ella

Ella

Jason:  I’m not usually a huge hip-hop fanatic, but I just saw this new video with Jay Z and Rihanna.

Ella:  Yeah?

Jason:  Absolutely amazing.

Ella:  You’ve converted.

Jason:  Yeah.

Ella:  My favorite song has gotta be “Venus vs. Mars.” “On to the Next One”...All the beats are really individual and you can tell he put a lot of time into each of the songs.

Jason:  Wow. What do you think of all the collaborations, like all the teamwork on that album?

Ella:  It’s pretty neat. You don’t see that too often. You only see the one person on the one side. But he has a lot of different collaborations with everyone, and you can see their styles in his songs too.

Jason:  Yeah, it seems like hip-hop used to be more about egos and now people are kind of working together.

Ella:  It’s a blending.

Jason:  I guess that’s why he’s sold more number one albums, or made more number one albums than anyone else.

Ella:  That’s quite impressive, isn’t it?

Jason:  He just beat Elvis, did you know that?

Ella:  Yeah. I’m gonna be going to his concert and he’s donating all the money to charity.

Jason:  Really?

Ella:  Yeah!

 

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Jason doesn’t normally like hip-hop, but he loves the new song “Run This Town” by Jay-Z and Rihanna. Ella loves Jay-Z and two of the songs off his new album, The BluePrint 3, are some of her favorite songs.

Jason mentions that Jay-Z has done a lot of collaborations. In addition to Rihanna, he’s worked with artists like Kanye West, Alicia Keys, and of course his lovely wife, Beyonce. Ella thinks Jay-Z must be more humble than some other rap artists since he’s willing to share the spotlight with his fellow musicians. But he must be pretty generous, since he’s donating all the money from one of his upcoming concerts to charity.

Are you a fan of Jay-Z? Which famous musician would you most like to collaborate with?

 

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paul.master

South Africa

hi what up's?

12:42 PM Mar 15 2010 |

GeniiFa

GeniiFa

Thailand

"Run This Town"

07:03 PM Jan 14 2010 |

mickee85

mickee85

Philippines

First of all, Jay-z and beyonce are great couple_ I love them.

When Jay-z song was on, I put my hands up and nodding my head like yeah, moving my hips like yeah!

LOL!!!

02:20 PM Dec 21 2009 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

I know a litlle about Jay-Z,but the little that I know I really like…The first work of Jay-Z that I had contact was with Linkin Park in the albun Collision Course,this albun is pretty good,I really like all the songs,is worth giving :) Unfortunately I don't know anything else about him…I don't know,I don't like much hip hop

01:41 PM Nov 07 2009 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

I know a litlle about Jay-Z,but the little that I know I really like…The first work of Jay-Z that I had contact was with Linkin Park in the albun Collision Course,this albun is pretty good,I really like all the songs,is worth giving :) Unfortunately I don't know anything else about him…I don't know,I don't like much hip hop

01:41 PM Nov 07 2009 |

kahuti

Botswana

trully speaking, i am a hip-hop fanatic and Jay-z being my number one rapper..i would so wish to collaborate with him…mmmm lucky Beyonce..or should i say lucky Jay-z…

06:10 AM Nov 07 2009 |

vip_groovygirl

United Arab Emirates

I like some of his songs but I'm not a fan of him. { However }, for me I would like to collaborate with singers who have good sense and taste of music. Such as, BSB { lots of their songs have meangiful message }. Gloria Gaynor { who we all loved her through her famouse and breathtaking song ~ I Will Survive ~ } ... kevin skinner { who had sang Garth Brooks's song @ if tommrow never comes @ and at the same time the American Got Talent winner of 2009 } ... etc, These singers are just a few example of who I would like to work with because there is a lot of singers who I would like to collaborate with If I were once a singer lol.

02:10 AM Nov 07 2009 |

flylover

flylover

Georgia

I like his collaborations with rihanna and kanye west)))

11:38 AM Nov 06 2009 |

flylover

flylover

Georgia

I like his collaborations with rihanna and kanye west)))

11:37 AM Nov 06 2009 |

flylover

flylover

Georgia

I like his collaborations with rihanna and kanye west)))

11:37 AM Nov 06 2009 |

flylover

flylover

Georgia

I like his collaborations with rihanna and kanye west)))

11:37 AM Nov 06 2009 |

flylover

flylover

Georgia

I like his collaborations with rihanna and kanye west)))

11:37 AM Nov 06 2009 |

flylover

flylover

Georgia

I like his collaborations with rihanna and kanye west)))

11:37 AM Nov 06 2009 |

flylover

flylover

Georgia

I like his collaborations with rihanna and kanye west)))

11:37 AM Nov 06 2009 |

flylover

flylover

Georgia

I like his collaborations with rihanna and kanye west)))

11:37 AM Nov 06 2009 |

flylover

flylover

Georgia

I like his collaborations with rihanna and kanye west)))

11:37 AM Nov 06 2009 |

flylover

flylover

Georgia

I like his collaborations with rihanna and kanye west)))

11:37 AM Nov 06 2009 |

flylover

flylover

Georgia

I like his collaborations with rihanna and kanye west)))

11:37 AM Nov 06 2009 |

flylover

flylover

Georgia

I like his collaborations with rihanna and kanye west)))

11:37 AM Nov 06 2009 |

flylover

flylover

Georgia

I like his collaborations with rihanna and kanye west)))

11:37 AM Nov 06 2009 |

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