Jay-Z's NFL deal is a polarizing move that has entertainers and NFL players on two different sides of the figurative aisle. It was a private tour, conducted on a Tuesday, the day the museum is closed to the public. Jay-Z is the epitome of the American dream. Jaz-O. Jay-Z may not have the high-fashion panache of Kanye West, but his influence in street wear over the past decade-and-a-half is undeniable.Yes, he made "the Yankee hat more famous than a …

A kid from a tough neighborhood who grows up in public housing, overcomes lots of bad influences on the street, never lets go of his dream, makes it to the top — and then keeps going, pursuing new outlets for his creativity and ambition. Jay Z embodies so much of what makes New York New York. Much of Everything Is Love involves Beyoncé and Jay-Z riffing on their own wealth, power, and influence. Jay-Z’s influence on other artists has changed hip-hop’s history itself. Jay-Z's NFL Deal: Hip-Hop Reactions From A … The stories of his past, which he shares in “Decoded”, are a part of history because they all shaped his career and made hip-hop what it is today.

The impact, Jay-Z continues, isn't limited to any one group, age range, background or geographic location, either. In a short segment on Oprah's Master Class this week, Jay offered his perspective on the influence of hip-hop over the years, notably in reference to race relations in the US and around the world. Mark Seliger for TIME. The moniker is also a homage to his musical mentor Jaz-O (a.k.a. "This music didn't only influence kids from urban areas," Jay-Z says.

"I think that hip-hop has done more for racial relations than most cultural icons," he admits, "save for Martin Luther King, because his 'Dream' speech we realised when President Obama got elected". In his neighborhood, Carter was known as "Jazzy", a nickname that eventually developed into his stage name, "Jay-Z". He’s a man born of the slums who, through perseverance, sacrifice and skill, worked his way to the top of the economic totem pole. Jay-Z was a contemporary of L, and, as the now famous Stretch and Bobbito freestyle demonstrates, the two were keen not just to rhyme many syllables, but … Jay Z became the first rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday (June 15) and rather than accepting the award in person, took to Twitter to thank his many influences. JAY-Z reportedly played a part in getting Colin Kaepernick an opportunity to prove he belongs in the NFL.. In 2014, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and their first daughter, Blue Ivy, went to the Louvre. Jay-Z lets us know he turned down the … While breaking down Kaepernick's upcoming workout, NFL.com's Ian …

"People listen to this music all around the world, and [they] took to this music."