"In our industry, people wanna be like Jay. And not just because he’s the best lyricist, but because he’s taken control of his career. He inspires artists to reach for that too. If Jay-Z says you have to go back into the studio to re-write bars, you’ve got to write new bars. If Jay-Z says your stage show isn’t hot, it’s not hot. You can’t argue with him. He’s sold and made millions."
DJ Semtex, a Def Jam UK A&R official, speaking to Fortune Magazine about the power of Hov in 2005. (via aintnojigga)