Long-time URB scribe and everyone's favorite rap writer Jeff Chang discusses Jay-Z's legacy and explains the relevance of J-Hova to those crafty liberals for The Nation–the country's oldest weekly magazine. Contributers to the “flagship of the left” have included Albert Einstein, Hunter S. Thompson, Martin Luther King Jr and John Steinbeck.
Chang's article, “Moving On Up,” puts Jay-Z's career into the larger perspective of the world at large…looking at the reflexive relationship that the “CEO of the ROC” has had with the American economy and pop culture. We May not have a better scribe in this hip-hop journalism bit, so anything this man writes is worth 20 minutes of perusing. And while we're at it–and in case you missed it–check out info on Chang's new book Total Chaos.