Jay-Z lays down the law

You know you’re a big deal if you can make Bono take notice of what you say; even more so if you make him scurry back to the studio and re-start work on an already finished album. Well that’s how it is if you’re Jay-Z, the former drug dealer turned hip-hop superstar: one word out of you and sunglasses-wearing rock icons drop to their knees begging for more of your wisdom.

Anyway, Jiggaman gave an interview in which he spoke about the pressure that supergroups like U2 must be under when they make new records, and it struck a chord with the band’s midgety lead singer, who immediately went straight back in the studio to rework their album.

‘One night I ran into Bono and he told me he'd read an interview I'd done,’ said Jigga. ‘The writer had asked me about a U2 record that had just been released and I said something about the pressure a group like that must be under just to meet their own standards.

‘He said the quote had really gotten to him and he decided to go back to the studio, even though the album was already done, and keep reworking it till he thought it was as good as it could possibly be. I was surprised that at that point in his career he still got anxious about his work.’

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