Jay-Z is the second wealthiest man in hip hop, and since 1995, Hov has been bringing us quality music. From ‘PSA’ to ‘On To The Next One’, the Brooklyn rapper has been around since the days of Big Daddy Kane and Biggie. As one of the first artists from the genre to achieve billionaire status, Hov (real name Shawn Carter) has the right to be cocky. However, on one occasion, the usually modest rapper, felt it fit to equate himself to the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Some fans felt it was a fair comparison, others not so much.
In an interview on the renowned Rap Radar podcast, Jay-Z spoke about his albums in-depth, revealing how he created them and how he felt about them. During the interview, he spoke on his daughter, Blue Ivy’s, guest verse on the 4:44 bonus track, ‘Blue’s Freestyle/We Family.’ Explaining proudly in the studio, “She went, and she got the headphones, and she climbed on her little stool and then she started rapping…she understands the concept of a hook.”
This was during the making of 4:44. However, he did mention his other projects going all the way back to his debut and even ranked his albums with his top three being: Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint with Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life, surprisingly at sitting at number one.This was where Jay decided to draw the comparisons referring to Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life as his Thriller and The Blueprint as his Off The Wall.
Furthermore, even more recently, Carter compared his wife to Michael Jackson and inferred she had surpassed him regarding her ability to entertain and perform live. In a Twitter Space, the rapper stated, “Bey’s gonna be mad at [me] for saying this, but Michael Jackson never had a Coachella.” He continued by saying, Beyoncé is an evolution of Jackson.
Naturally, on both occasions, fans came out to debate if anyone can really be compared to the late King Of Pop, but Jay-Z certainly believes that both himself and his wife have surpassed Jackson.
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