One of the key things that I notice about Jay-Z is his genius for collaborating with other artists and producers. I definitely understand the reasoning behind an artist wanting to focus most of their time and attention on themselves, especially if they hadn’t reach their goals. But, many times I see artists and producers become so self focused that they don’t realize working with others can actually push them to the next level. [Read more…]
Good conversations have nuggets of insight that can help us move to the next level of success. Sway has built a brand interviewing the legends of the music industry. Two years ago he sat down with Vanilla Ice and pulled out a teachable moment for creating songs that transcend genres and connect with wider audiences.
Sway asked Vanilla Ice about the irony of those highly respected rappers who can’t seem to create a mainstream hit, “Most skillful rappers can’t seem to reach the level of success they want- visibility, mainstream, marketability, brand-ability, the whole nine. At the end of the day, what do you think is the key to success.” Vanilla Ice, who has sold over 160 million records, said the key was more simple than people think. [Read more…]
For someone who has only seen Beyoncé on tv, in movies, and in magazines, I have no idea what her real personality is like. Some artists take on a persona for their creative outlets, thus lyrics in a song or portrayals in videos are often an act created for that platform. For example, Beyoncé has been married to Jay-Z for 6 years, yet her music and videos often portray her as a single woman. Another recent example which comes to mind is Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s concert tour which portray the married couple as gangsters On the Run like Bonnie and Clyde. Well, we know in real life the couple are law abiding citizens.
I’ve watched over the last few years as Beyoncé’s music has become more and more hardcore with sexually explicit lyrics- thugafied in the manner of female rappers. Beyoncé is no longer the wholesome girl of Destiny’s Child. Her new image has people questioning whether or not she is still a role model. The goal of this piece is not to attack the Queen Bee, but to describe what’s possibly motivating her to make this change. [Read more…]