Duff McKagan's column runs every Thursday on Reverb. He writes about what music is circulating through his space every Monday.
I was listening to someone else's iPod the other day, and when the music of Jay-Z suddenly came on, it made me realize just why he is so fucking huge. He is a genius. His music has edge and dirt while still paying homage to really big hooks. He doesn't forget the humor part either, which is key for me.
I haven't given hip-hop enough props here in this column and that is about to change. Rap and hip-hop have influenced me over the years as much as anything else.
Here are a few of my Jay-Z favorites:
"Big Pimpin'," Volume 3: Life And Times...:
This shit is just good-time, make-you-laugh hip-hop.
"Empire State Of Mind," The Blueprint 3: Many of you may think this song is a bit too commercial and somewhat trite. Personally, I think that the insight and feel of NYC has never better been described--"city that never sleeps/slip you Ambien".
"Can I Get A...," Volume 2: Hard Knock Life: If this beat doesn't make you bounce, ya'd better check your pulse for signs of life. Jay-Z is the cleanest and most expert rhyme-ist that there ever was!