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Interesting, not totally satisfying
on August 21, 2013
Full disclosure - I am no fan of hip hop music or its practitioners. I became somewhat interested in Jay Z after seeing him interviewed by Charlie Rose and then hearing that he was now becoming an agent for some high profile professional athletes like Robinson Cano. The young author seemed handicapped in part by the fact that this is an unauthorized bio and some people close to Jay Z were reluctant to talk to him. We get the outlines of Jay Z's life but I didn't get the feeling that I know him very well. Marketing products through use of his celebrity persona seems to be his essence. The results are obviously financially impressive but it seems shallow and nothing that inspires admiration for him as a person. And one wonders about the mentality of the people who are influenced by this type of egomaniacal, narcissistic salesmanship. I will watch his future career with some interest and withhold a final judgment on him.