Jay-Z Reflects On ‘Hard Knock Life’ Success
This weekend saw rapper Sean Carter, aka Jay-Z, being crowned the king of Brooklyn as he performed at the Barclays center in his hometown of New York City. He said whilst up on stage: "I've been on many stages all around the world… Nothing feels like this." He continued: “I want to thank you, Brooklyn, New York City, for making me the man I am today…”
As well as having the prestigious responsibility of opening the Brooklyn center, last week marked the 14-year anniversary of the album that brought Jay into the bigger-hitters club – ‘Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life’.
The star met MTV News to reflect on the LP and what made it so prominent: "It was just so pure."
He said whilst working on the 1998 album, he met Swizz Beatz, who was a teenager at the time: "I wanted Dame Grease, 'cause he was working on the DMX album [‘It's Dark And Hell Is Hot’]. I was like, 'Where's the guy that's making all of those songs?'"
However, DMX’s label co-CEO suggested that the ‘Big Pimpin’ rapper work with Swizz instead, which he wasn’t very enthusiastic about: "I'm like, 'Nah don't try and play me with the nephew.'"
However, it turned out to be a great choice: "He came in, he played those songs. We went from my office to the studio, we made four records ... From there, the body of the album was in place."
Jay’s wife Beyonce was at the show in Brooklyn, with a source telling Us magazine that her eyes were glued to the stage for the entire show and "she went crazy singing and dancing to every song.”
Words: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)