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What's New in Hip-Hop?

What's New in Hip-Hop?

Date: Nov 12 2001


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Joe knows a lot about hip-hop music, so I occasionally ask him about it to find out what’s new and what’s hot.
Listen to what he had to say this time.


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Miguel:  So Joe, what’s new in hip-hop these days?

Joe:  I have one word to say, that’s Jay-Z. Jay-Z is hot. He has the hottness right now. Everybody’s on Jay-Z.

Miguel:  So what, he has a new album or what?

Joe:  He has a new album, I mean he has an excellent clothing line, but his album is is off the hook. It’s called The Blueprint.

Miguel:  Uh, yeah actually I think I heard of that. What’s the real popular song off that album?

Joe:  So many. I mean there’s a song called “Girls, Girls, Girls,” um, the, the, the single that came off the album is called “Jay to the Izzo.”

Miguel:  Oh, is that the one that has the thing that no one can understand?

Joe:  “H to the Izzo, O to the Izzay,” something like that. But, but you know where he got that from was, he got that from Snoop Dogg[/def]. See he heard Snoop Dogg talking like that on a on a couple of albums and he just thought it was great and so he he implemented it into his own single.

Miguel:  So you think that’s cool that he just like pinches Snoop’s style?

Joe:  Not really. I think he should just come up with something original, but I I like the fact that he recognizes a true hip-hop pioneer like Snoop Dogg.

Miguel:  What do you think about the whole East Coast/West Coast thing? Is that squashed now especially if, uh, Jay-Z is, um, copying Snoop?

Joe:  Yeah that’s totally squashed now.



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It sounds like Joe really likes the new Jay-Z album. I’m convinced that it’s worth a listen. I’m going to see if I can borrow Joe’s CD.
What do you think about Jay-Z? Are you a hip-hop fan? Let us know! Come to the “Music Mix” message board today!
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