S1E05 – Rejecting JAY-Z

Show Notes

In 2019, JAY-Z became the world’s first hip-hop billionaire. But 25 years earlier, no one would give him a record deal, labels said there was no market for his “brand of music” and radio stations refused to play his songs. Join us this week as we take a stroll through the Empire City and unpack JAY-Z’s remarkable story. From Marcy Projects to Madison Square Garden.

The major sources for this episode include:

1. The Rise and Rise of Jay-Z
2.
Jay-Z by Dennis Abrams

3.
GQ:
Jay-Z on his Music, Politics and his Violent Past
4. Vanity Fair: Jay Z Has The Room
5. Billboard: Jay Z’s ‘Reasonable Doubt’ at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Look-Back

From the creators of Under the Influence:
Executive Producer & Host: Terry O’Reilly
Writer & Host: Sidney O’Reilly
Director: Callie O’Reilly
Supervising Producer: Debbie O’Reilly
Researcher: Jillian Gora
Engineer: Keith Ohman
Theme music: Ian Lefeuvre & Ari Posner

This show is brought to you by the Apostrophe Podcast Company and powered by Acast.

Show Notes

In 2019, JAY-Z became the world’s first hip-hop billionaire. But 25 years earlier, no one would give him a record deal, labels said there was no market for his “brand of music” and radio stations refused to play his songs. Join us this week as we take a stroll through the Empire City and unpack JAY-Z’s remarkable story. From Marcy Projects to Madison Square Garden.

The major sources for this episode include:

1. The Rise and Rise of Jay-Z
2.
Jay-Z by Dennis Abrams

3.
GQ:
Jay-Z on his Music, Politics and his Violent Past
4. Vanity Fair: Jay Z Has The Room
5. Billboard: Jay Z’s ‘Reasonable Doubt’ at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Look-Back

From the creators of Under the Influence:
Executive Producer & Host: Terry O’Reilly
Writer & Host: Sidney O’Reilly
Director: Callie O’Reilly
Supervising Producer: Debbie O’Reilly
Researcher: Jillian Gora
Engineer: Keith Ohman
Theme music: Ian Lefeuvre & Ari Posner

This show is brought to you by the Apostrophe Podcast Company and powered by Acast.

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