Jay-Z Speaks on His Writing Process – VIDEO

The first week of March, I sent out a link (via Twitter and Facebook) to an article in which Xzibit, Pusha T (from the Clipse), Drake and Nicki Minaj speak about their writing processes.

Then last week I shared Daniel Pink’s rules for writing and followed up with seven that I try to follow.

This week we’ve got a video featuring comments by one of the best wordsmiths of our generation, Jay-Z.  In this short video, Jigga describes his process for songwriting.

The quick summary (the order of these steps is of high importance):

  1. Find the emotion of the beat
  2. Figure out the melody the lyrics should have
  3. Scribe the words

Sounds easy, right?  It seems like for him it always is.

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