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Jay-Z – 4:44 Review

I don’t get asked to write about Jay-Z much – what with me not owning a single record of his. I realise he’s extremely talented but for me it has always been a voice thing. I love some rappers with thin careers but amazing voices, while Jay’s just rubs me the wrong way. I like the odd track, but not enough to spend actual money.

Two other things to take into consideration. 1) I’m all for a good boast, of course, it’s the core of rap, but Jay’s habit of explaining his boasts and patting himself on the back with a little chuckle at his own cleverness is a bit self-congratulatory. 2) ‘Ain’t No Nigga’ is my least favorite song by any artist in the last 25 years.

Anyway, shout out to the kind folk at The Guardian for asking me to do this – I have once again broken my own rule of not responding to below-the-line comments in all of two minutes.

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Why self-publish?

Open book

Getting a book published isn’t easy. Especially if, like me, you last had one out 13 years ago and didn’t really capitalise on that. The vast majority of major publishers won’t let you approach them directly. You have to have an agent to even address them. Trying to get an agent with one book idea to your name isn’t easy either. Got a huge social media following? That’s a help. In fact, you can have no idea/a shit idea and not be able to write and get a sweet book deal with a big twitter/instagram/YouTube following. That’s not bitterness – I understand the publisher’s point of view here. Every book is a punt for them, and if they can tap into an existing audience, that’s as close as it gets to a guarantee. This is why Justin Quirk’s brilliant novel Suburbs remains unpublished but Zoella has a (ghostwritten) novel out. Continue reading →

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