The Evolution of Shawn Carter
Shawn Carter is getting a lot of accolades for his honesty. He has been having a great year so far. He is the father of twins that were born recently, and his new album has already gone platinum.
There is a lot of talk about what Jay-Z has been saying in his lyrics, but that is just the start of the analysis of the album. In the loops that are running in the background it is clear that there is still a soulful sound. Some people that are hearing it for the first time may even connect with the whole “Blueprint” album that he put forth almost 2 decades ago. It would be a long gain between this sound and the sound of the new material, but No I.D. put in the work. He put in the time to improve upon his skills. Quincy Jones inspired Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. There was a connection between Jay-Z and No I.D. that would really give the album a totally familiar sound. Still, with the lyrics that were being addressed people had to know that this was not the same. This was the evolution of Jay-Z.
As an adult Jay-Z has proven that he has more to talk about than the street life. He is a reflective rapper that doesn’t try to find in any young age bracket with this album. Carter is much more concerned about setting the standard. He is not trying to emulate what everyone else is doing. He is not trying to actually put an album together with many hits for the radio. Carter was much more interested in telling his story in a way that was pure. He stuck with one producer – a rare thing for Jay-Z – throughout the whole album, and the result is a masterpiece.