Jay-Z Wants To Be Remembered As A Legend

Superstar rapper Jay-Z said during a recent interview that he wants to be remembered just like Bob Marley.

The enduring legacy of dreadlocked reggae icon Bob Marley has clearly had a tremendous impact on superstar rapper and businessman Jay-Z. Some 40 years after the death of the reggae legend, Jay-Z said during a recent interview that he wants to be remembered just like Marley.

During what is being called “a rare interview with the Sunday Times” to promote his Puma partnership, Jay-Z was asked, among other things, how he would like to be remembered once he has passed. “I have no idea,” he is reported as saying. “I’m not beyond ego, right? Hopefully, they speak of me [with] the names of Bob Marley and all the greats. But that’s not for me to say.”

The mogul, who has been growing locks for a few years now, was also quizzed on issues such as race relations in the United States and the COVID-19 pandemic. He noted, “As a human race, we’re still on basic things. We’re still on Stop Asian Hate. We can’t sit and cry over spilt milk, but we do have to acknowledge that there’s milk, right? Are we here today? No. Are we further than 50 years ago? Yes.”

With a decades-long, highly successful music career, Jay-Z is seen as the role model for many artistes. He delivered some honest, thought-provoking answers during a sound bite-filled interview, but it was the Bob Marley comment that captured the headlines. In 2017, Jay-Z notably sampled dancehall pioneer Sister Nancy’s 1982 song Bam Bam on his 4:44 album track Bam, featuring Bob Marley’s son, Damian. In March 2018, Jay-Z and his wife Beyoncé jetted into Jamaica to shoot visuals for their then-upcoming On The Run II world tour. The hip-hop power couple was pictured riding a motorbike through the streets of Trench Town, a place Bob Marley called home.

This year, May 11, marks 40 years since the passing of Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley, the artiste who Rolling Stone magazine described as “ a cornerstone of 21st-century music, covered by countless singers, sampled and quoted by just as many hip-hop acts whose artistic DNA is shaped profoundly by the Jamaican music Marley defined.

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Yasmine Peru

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