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The Takeover: Is Jay-Z qualified to be an NBA mainstay?

Jay-Z has never picked up a basketball, professionally at least. He has never coached a team, or drawn up a play and probably has no idea what it is like to have the ball in your hands with two seconds left in a tie game. Yet, the hip-hop icon has become very closely associated with the NBA.

Jay has been a court-side fixture for quite some time at various high profile NBA contests; even before he became part-owner of the now Brooklyn Nets. And he is not one of those inactive owners that just sits back and collects a check. Despite actually owning only .067 percent of the Nets, Jay-Z has been intricately involved with everything from the team’s exodus out of New Jersey, to the designing of new uniforms. That percentage is obviously not indicative of his influence.

Now, with it recently being announced that he will be executive producer of the NBA 2K13 video game, Hov has delved even further into the NBA world. Into something not even directly affiliated with the league itself. With this assignment he takes on a an obscure role, far outside the realm of your typical entertainer. Really, can anyone name the last two executive producers of the NBA 2K series? Anyone?

The fact that Jay-Z is even affiliated with this project gives it an even greater buzz, and added validity. Surely some will question if he is suitable for such a task. Take this guy for instance, who apparently feels that the lyricist should not be anywhere near the Brooklyn Nets; and that his image is actually detrimental to the team and the league itself.

It is a fair question. Is Jay-Z qualified to be in these coveted positions and given so much control? Maybe not. But Shawn Carter, the hustler who created Jay-Z most certainly is. The creative mastermind who has written countless classic songs, helped to successfully launch a record label, clothing line, fragrance and nightclub chain is more than capable of performing in his new roles. Mr. Carter, with a net worth of about $460 million has a pedigree which can not be questioned.

He is a business man, a mighty fine one. The fact that he has made such a mark in the NBA is proof of this. Because, while notoriety will get you through the door, it won’t keep you in the room. Not only has Jay remained in the room, but he now has his feet on the couch.

Despite what all of us die-hard, loyal fans like to believe, every professional sports league is a business above all else; the NBA included. This is an arena which Shawn Carter knows very well. And while you’re sitting there contemplating whether or not this is true, he’s probably making plans to dominate your industry.

Break’s over. —Examiner.com

Quicklet on The Best Kanye West Songs: Lyrics and Analysis

Kanye West would probably not be considered as a candidate if one were to discuss the best lyricists or storytellers in hip-hop. However, when naming the best entertainers in the genre, West just may be at the top of the list. Kanye is arguably one of the most creative and innovative rappers to exist. And, in actuality, his lyrics are beginning to catch up.

Mr. West takes chances in his music that not many other emcees would dare touch. He does not stick to any formula. Each album that he has released is completely different from not only the previous one, but from everything being played in the rap world at that time. Deliberately different and constantly re-inventing himself, Kanye always provides listeners with a new sound.

Quicklet on The Best Kanye West Songs: Lyrics and Analysis

Quicklet on The Best Tupac Songs: Lyrics and Analysis

Tupac Amaru Shakur was not just a rapper; he was a modern-day poet. He even released a very well-written book of poetry, The Rose that Grew From Concrete. He was so much more than an entertainer, so much more than a rhyme spitter.

The emotion and heart felt behind Tupac’s lyrics is what endeared him to fans. The artist seemed to rap from his very soul, with every part of his being. He was an enigma: loud, brash and gritty, but also warm and charismatic. No matter how volatile his persona, or the “Thug Life” tatted on his belly, you knew that deep down, Pac was one of the “good guys.” Or, at the very least, one of the guys who wanted to be good.
Quicklet on The Best Tupac Songs: Lyrics and Analysis

Quicklet on The Best Eminem Songs: Lyrics and Analysis

Marshall Mathers, known to most of the world as iconic rapper Eminem, is no stranger to controversy. However, he is also no stranger to creative genius.

The music industry became fascinated with Eminem when he burst onto the scene in 1999 with mega-producer Dr. Dre, touting The Slim Shady LP, an album riddled with graphic tales of Eminem’s demented alter-ego, Slim Shady. From there, Eminem’s music became a calling card for the psychopath in all of us, making famous typically taboo lines.

Quicklet on The Best Eminem Songs: Lyrics and Analysis

Quicklet on the Best Jay-Z Songs: Lyrics and Analysis

For Shawn Carter, there is a no more fitting moniker than his self-given The Hustler. The artist known as Jay-Z released his first solo album in 1996, and proceeded to release a new one every single subsequent year until 2003; when he released The Black Album, his supposedly final record. However, three years later he was at it again.

To release eight albums in as many years takes a hustlers ambition indeed. That is why Jay-Z sits on the throne of today’s hip-hop world. He has worked hard to get there. He has done it all: hit songs, classic albums, clothing lines, fragrances, shoe deals, a book, nightclubs, champagne, and a cosmetics line.

Quicklet on The Best Jay-Z Songs: Lyrics and Analysis

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