Jay-Z Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs Intro

For Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time issue, Jay-Z got his freelance on and wrote the introduction to the magazine. Read up after the jump.

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  • g

    Hov!!!! first bitches!

  • So Icy Boi!

    Jay-Z > Gucci Mane

  • rocstar

    YN he comin for ur spot haa

  • jeree

    Jay-z= son of a bitch

    UGLY ASS, MONKEY FUCK U JAY-Z

    FUUUUUUUUUUUUCK YOUUUUUUU JAY-Z!!!

  • Foots

    I thought Jay doesnt write his songs? Why is he making it seem lkike he does in this intro? In the 2nd paragraph he said “When Im writing a song…”

  • heavy-metal

    RS about to come get you, RapRadar! you be on it!

  • Greatest ever

    @Foots Why you comment? Jay-Z = Greatest EVER (Drake voice)

  • mac DIESEL

    @ Foots

    MAYBE WHEN HE GHOSTWRITES FOR OTHER ARTISTS HE WRITES SHIT DOWN!!!! BUT WHO KNOWS!!!! GOOD WRITING AND INTROSPECT BY JAY!!!!

    DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

  • dat k00n nigga

    i though camel face dont write his rhymes ?

  • GUEGZ

    ^^^ BUNCH OF HATERS! WOW…ONLY making him bigger. revise ur hating strategies fuckers!

  • Rhyme

    That’s cuz Jigga writes. You have to be a bumbling idiot if you believe an A-level rapper can just remember every line they’ve ever thought of. What happens when u randomly think of a hot ass line? You write it down before you forget. Zing!

  • thx

    Thanks. I enjoyed reading it.

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  • Jermz Dash

    Rhyme says:
    Tuesday, May 25 2010 at 12:04 PM EST
    That’s cuz Jigga writes. You have to be a bumbling idiot if you believe an A-level rapper can just remember every line they’ve ever thought of. What happens when u randomly think of a hot ass line? You write it down before you forget. Zing!

    ^^^^^ jus cuz u write sumething doesnt mean it has to b on paper dipshit. he writes in his brain. he gte son his Rain Man shit, we seen him do it numerous times n we heard ppl tralk about it. get of the man dick n let him live.

  • chitlin coon

    jay-z wins big on this one! shout out to him acknowledging bling bling. ….see the south wins here too! now ill wait for people to say something negative bout cash money or lil wayne because bling bling DID make it in the dictionary…

  • flawda

    WHen he says he writes it doesnt mean he literally writes dumbasses. Some of yall need school!

  • damone

    Watch a dcs on jay or listen to other artist that work with him jay doesn’t write unless its for Dr. Dre

  • ttomcatt

    @So Icy Boi! … HA!

    C’mon son, you’re proclaiming the obvious here. (Jay > Gucci) Of course! Next thing you’ll be telling us all how wet water is! Hahahaha just messin wit ya homie.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/eastpointvet gooch

    because the process is referred to as writing even if he doesnt physically write it down bumbling idiots lol

  • 106

    Jay doesnt write on paper he writes in his head. Jay makes all his rhymes in his head whole songs his whole career.

  • blaqscorpio

    When he says “When I’m writing a song”, it doesn’t necessarily mean pen and paper. It’s the same like in DOA when he says “The only rapper to REWRITE history WITHOUT a PEN”. Even if it’s just in his head, he’s still writing.

  • Lyrical Murderer

    @So Icy Boi!

    You’re not so loyal to your name! ha ha ha

    Jay-Z > The South

  • Money mitch

    @ chitlin coon

    bg came up with that shit

  • chitlin coon

    i know it was on his album ..but wayne came up with it.

  • http://www.paxtonavenue.com DGtheEnigma

    If anyone in this comments section starts listing Jay’s hip-hop stats, I promise to go nuclear…and list Eminem’s stats (which are downright mindboggling).

    I swear and promise!

  • mac DIESEL

    @ DGtheEnigma

    WHO THE FUCK IS TALKIN’ ABOUT EMINEM??? GO POP YA SHIT ON AN EMINEM POST!!! FUCKIN’ EMINEM STANS!!!! SMH!!!!

    DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

  • damone

    @DG you always bring up Em we know u love him but we talking Hov the g.o.a.t… Em is. Phil Mickelson, Steve Nash. Jay is tiger woods, Michael Jordan ya dig.

  • http://www.paxtonavenue.com DGtheEnigma

    @mac DIESEL – No.

    @damone – Lol…Steve Nash? Come on now, Em’s got championships! Hell, he even has a championship over your beloved Hovie Hov (see: Renegade).

    I love Jay-Z actually, but based on stats alone — not business ventures — he’s not the GOAT!

  • http://www.paxtonavenue.com DGtheEnigma

    Confession: Jay-Z is the closest thing to the GOAT there will ever be in hip-hop. But he’s still living, so….

  • c.j

    hovi is home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! G.O.A.T….U BETTER BELIEVE IT….WHY DID HE NOT INCLUDE HIS WIFE bootilicious IT MADE IT TO THE DIC TOO OR HE DOESN’T WANTS TO BE UPSTAGE Hahah ,jay u know u are still mr knowles she gave u that international appeal ,never forget that big man………….the least u can do is acknowledge her.u know without her this white people will just look at u like another “rapper ” ……….STEP YOUR COOKIES UP HOV……

  • TYBO2020

    BLAH BLAH BLAH..GET OFF IT..

  • http://www.paxtonavenue.com DGtheEnigma

    To C.J.’s point: why does no one ever mention that Jay’s increased popularity coincided with dating Beyonce?

    Prior to B, Jay was relegated to vacations in the South of France (and mediocre albums — see Blueprint 2) due to Nas’s etherization.

    Hey, doesn’t matter, but I’m just saying….

  • chitlin coon

    dg . you are the hater of the day! congrats!

    south wins again

  • http://www.paxtonavenue.com DGtheEnigma

    @chitlin coon

    Thanks.

  • 106

    Make ur own opinions people. Jay was that nigga before B. Im confused how Jay getting married to B is the reason he the best. Jay isnt that big overseas first off. Yall some Em fans thats why you think dudes shoudnt marry fine bitches. Jay getting with B was imo what he supposed to do he stay winning getting with B was another win. Yall gay ass niggas wouldnt understand.

  • damone

    Lmao the haters sound like 50 on here. Jay just made a classic in the blueprint before B and wasn’t het first single feat jay-crazy in love? Jay is from the hood and not a pretty boy rapper or white so for him to be where he is just crazy.” They got me in a mag for about half a billi and ur ass ain’t Lilly white.that means the shit that he write must be illly”

  • sunraw

    Jay-z= son of a bitch

    UGLY ASS, MONKEY FUCK U JAY-Z

    FUUUUUUUUUUUUCK YOUUUUUUU JAY-Z!!!

    ^
    Jaz-O? Dat Youuuuuuuuu?

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  • http://www.paxtonavenue.com DGtheEnigma

    @damone

    That’s not the point. Jay wasn’t as big before Beyonce. Can’t the Hov stans at least admit that much? Even with a classic album, biggest rap battle ever, etc., Jay was nowhere near as big (especially with women) before Beyonce.

    Doesn’t make him less of anything…just an observation.

  • CP

    Everyone blows the whole Jay-Z doesnt write his songs way out of proportion. He DOES write his songs he just memorizes the lyrics when he is recording it!!!!!

  • Ac@pella!

    Good foreword Hov…Jay is right. A lot of the new artists, discovered and non-discovered need 2 either read this of hear this. The world of music would be a better place. :-)

  • pifflighty

    GOOD POST!…JAY IS THAT DUDE!…THIS THE REASON WHY HE STILL RELEVANT TAKE NOTES NIGGAZ!

  • Rhyme

    @Jermz Dash

    You keep believing that. How come Jay-Z cant freestyle off the dome? When you don’t freestyle off the dome, you’re spitting a written.

    Consult youtube if you need proof.

  • http://www.paxtonavenue.com DGtheEnigma

    Jay-Z has alot of money. Jay-Z sold alot of albums. Jay-Z has a hot wife. Jay-Z is the creator of hip-hop. Jay-Z is ruler of all he surveys. Jay-Z is greatest person that a great person could ever be.

  • So Icy Boi!

    ^ And what does u have ??? .,,,i dnt get u niggaz braggin about the next man money and accomplishment like its yours ? WTF…..

  • PrettyChicoWhatDeyCalledEm

    wait I’m confused… didn’t RS release their top 500 songs issue like 5 years ago??

  • az5lyrics

    HOV THE G.O.A.T.
    GREAT INTRO WITH INTELLIGENCE AS ALWAYS
    WITHOUT HOV HIP HOP WILL BE SHIT

    HATERS KEEP MAKING HIM MORE RELEVANT

  • http://www.paxtonavenue.com DGtheEnigma

    @So Icy Boi!

    Clearly you didn’t get the sarcasm in my comment.

    The level of Jay dickriding is fucking disgusting.

  • So Icy Boi!

    @ DGtheEnigma lol i know rite ….nigga so over rated

  • Cory

    comments on this post will either consist of

    HOV DA G.O.A.T HE DA BEST EVER

    or

    FUCK GAY-Z HE SOLD OUT NAS GUCCI ETC.

  • mike

    CANT KNOCK THE HUSTLE(R)

  • L4U

    EM vs. JAY

    Lyrics- Preference Tied
    Records sold- EM
    Flows- Preference Jay
    Paid-Jay
    Legendary status- Preference Tied

    CONS- Jay can be too watered down and EM can be down right corny.

  • BIG L would have murdered ya favorite rapper!

    boy DG goes in on Jay at every given sunday thru saturday…lol

    but i think by Jay saying when he writes was basically going with the flow of the interview, why stop and clarify “oh yeah i dont write” What i got from the next few lines down proved he does’nt write. Who can actually sit back and write rhymes for a 3 verse song in the course of 5 minutes. Now if u in the studio inside the booth and got the track laid with the hook or the where the hoo comes in, you can just flow thru it. 16 bars are 45second rhymes, so 3 verses should take a person 1:35 seconds to do but in actuality at least 3 minutes to 5 minutes and thats after laying down your 2nd track vocals and then your adlibs. So Jay said he should be done in 5 minutes, if it take 20 then it might not work. An intelligent person can see that he talkin bout finishing a song with no pen and paper. To sum it up….JAYZ DOES’NT WRITE RHYMES and no producer has ever said “thats bullshit, i see jay write @ every studio gig”

    Renegade was classic and EM flow was dope but JAYZ said 2better relevant verses. Renegade was Em song anyways, Jay just bought it, laid 2 verses and that song helped BP1 become classic status.

  • BIG L would have murdered ya favorite rapper!

    where can i buy this book?

  • BIG L would have murdered ya favorite rapper!

    oops my bad didnt know its from rolling stone magazine

  • BIG L would have murdered ya favorite rapper!

    1 mo thing, rapradar is knocking thisis50.com out the box, i love this web site

  • BIG L would have murdered ya favorite rapper!

    i swear 2 god, i was just watching the news and the astronautS were playing JAY EMPIRE STATE….IN FREAKING OUTER SPACE, now thats big. they were playing the song cuz they on they WAY back to earth in new york….lol

    WOW!

  • B. Suga

    Great intro piece by Jay! I love it!! And, I totally agree with him on MJ’s “Off The Wall” being a better melodic & lyrical album. It’s my favorite by MJ.

  • http://www.paxtonavenue.com DGtheEnigma

    boy DG goes in on Jay at every given sunday thru saturday…lol

    ^^^^

    Thank you, thank you, thank you…you’re far too kind!

  • blaqscorpio

    ^

    Lol at y’all complaining about “Jay dickriding”, like y’all dont do the same for y’all faves. Whether it’s Em, Nas, Pac, Wayne etc…

    GET REAL!

  • BIG L would have murdered ya favorite rapper!

    @B SUGA, i kinda agree also but its hard cuz i love both albums of MJ. I never looked at the albums on a lyrical level until i was watching PURPLE RAIN and i thought that PURPLE RAIN was way more deep and lyrical than THRILLER but it was the performance of MJ that pushed THRILLER to 100 million in sales but i love that PURPLE RAIN album.

    People just dont make great freekin albums no more, they just make good albums.

  • dajumpoff44

    Hova!!You can hate all you want he is just that nice!Eat a dick if you really think Jay-Z is not nice on the MIC!!!He has done things for this Hip Hop lifestyle more than any other so keep your hate up,it just shows how stupid you really are!BROOKLYN!!!

  • Renegade

    @DGtheEnigma

    Jay may not have been as big as he is now before Beyonce, but Beyonce is only a small factor. Around that time he was looking to consolidate his place as one of the greatest rappers before pushing onto more mainstream records. Nowadays he’s 40, with a wife and a whole host of resposibilities, his sole aim is now to make sure his albums are successful and do very well commercially. This is why he is now at his worldwide peak, Blueprint 3 was a great album for what it was, a mainstream hip-hop record and him collaborating with artists such as Alicia Keys and Rihanna only increased his appeal. Beyonce has been a small factor as to his increased success, but hardly something to make a point of seeing as there are other more significant factors.

  • Drucifer1983

    Rolling stone makes these dumb lists every year, Like Vibe………

  • DougFresh

    jay z does write his songs “Foots”, you stuuuupid motherfucker.

  • http://threefoureighty.clipz-status.com Reasy F.

    About to redefine rap mami, either I’m
    the illest nigga doing it or these niggaz is losin it
    I read a article that said I was ruinin shit
    But every time I look, I’m movin units in quick
    So I’ma hit y’all, with these last two and split
    and leave niggaz with nothing but my influences-es
    - City Is Mine

  • rocstar

    Rhyme says:
    Tuesday, May 25 2010 at 2:06 PM EST
    @Jermz Dash

    You keep believing that. How come Jay-Z cant freestyle off the dome? When you don’t freestyle off the dome, you’re spitting a written.

    Consult youtube if you need proof.

    ^

    why doesnt kobe playin in the summer league? cuz he doesnt fucking have to. he’s proven his ability. same goes with hov. he is the only rapper, maybe besides ice cube cuz hes hollywood, to rap for the love and not money. all these other rappers do it to make a living. shit even if he does write its still iller than the next dude so i duno what the argument is about.

  • Sin

    I’m confused…
    Y write an intro on something that was done like 5 yrs ago.
    Unless they revising the whole list. That’d make sense

  • MsOfficer
  • HOLD UP!

    jay z > gucci mane
    ^
    do comments like this have to be made? c’mon

  • illaDeuce

    HOVITO. You guys are idiots, he doesnt literally write with a pen and a pad but he still writes verses, all in his head tho.

  • The Truth83

    good introduction by jay-hova

  • DC

    Is this old or something? Didn’t Rolling Stone come out with their top 500 songs of all time in 2004 (& there was like 3 or 4 hip-hop songs on there, if that)?

    What the dilly, yo?

  • bjday4

    Jay certainly has a way with words.Love this

  • Produnkgirl

    Am I’m the only one who liked Blueprint 2?—-sorry off topic but someone mentioned it

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  • http://rapradar.com/2010/05/25/jay-z-rolling-stone-500-greatest-songs-intro/ CHamp

    GREAT POST…GREAT Piece..Jay-z 4 life!

  • http://www.reverbnation/luiemagma luie magma

    Jay z gone be that dude till he say he done. im next

  • http://www.reverbnation/luiemagma luie magma

    google me ull see

  • Bogart4017

    Damn its mad haters up in heah!

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