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Jay-Z Previews ‘American Gangster’

Jay-Z Previews 'American Gangster'

Recently-retired MC Jay-Z decided to get back in the game (again) to record an album of songs inspired by Ridley Scott’s highly-anticipated new film, American Gangster. While many are hoping/hearing that the new Denzel Washington/Russell Crowe drug war epic may be the next Goodfellas, music fans can’t wait to hear what Jay-Z has created to accompany it. The Rock Daily blog was recently invited to a preview of the album, and here’s some of what they have to report:

Hova recorded the disc in a fit of inspiration over two weeks, after seeing the forthcoming movie of the same name, which stars Denzel Washington as legendary Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas. “I pulled the emotion of the album from the film,” Jay said, explaining that the movie helped him recall his own experiences as a drug dealer in Brooklyn. “I never thought I’d be able to get back in that zone, to be able to relive some of those emotions.”

Over several hours in the studio, the legendary MC and CEO of Def Jam Records played the album and explained his creative process while the film ran in a constant loop on a plasma screen, as it has during the whole recording process.

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