The Making Of Jay-Z’s “Ghetto Anthem”

02.22.10 9 years ago 44 Comments

Certain beats in the long hallways of Hip-Hop history are just better than their counterparts. It’s that simple. DJ Kool’sLet Me Clear My Throat” is one. Eminem’sStan” sent his career into another orbit. And Jay-Z’sHard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” is still one of his more memorable records to date. The common bloodline between the three, you ask? Their legendary producer, DJ Mark The 45 King.

Before Vol. 2, Hovito was already a well known artist with two impressive LP’s under his Yankee fitted. When he found himself waxing poetics over 45’s ghetto symphony, however, his life and career changed. Five million records later, he ain’t been rhyming like Common since. He said it, not me. In the above clip, Jay and Mark break down the record and how it came to fruition and why it means so much to popular culture.

And while we’re at it, the Swedish have a good thing going with this documentary program. It’s actually the latest installment of “Hitlatens Historia,” a series detailing hit records and how they were created. Dope concept. Incredibly dope concept.

To see the entire piece, be sure to visit their site. And just in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade (and/or extremely pro-Nas)…

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