Today marks 10 years since Jay-Z dropped his tenth studio album American Gangster, which also served as the soundtrack for the film of the same name starring Denzel Washington.
Hov once revealed in an interview with Rolling Stone that he got the inspiration for the critically acclaimed album after watching an advance screening of the Ridley Scott film and feeling that it reminded him of his early, gangster days, pre-rap. Thankfully, people like Launch Magazine founder Steven James take to social media to share little known facts about our favorite artists that helps us see the their work with new eyes.
10 years ago today Jigga drops American Gangster
The film's producer doesn't think Jigga can pull off a full-length album based on film. He blocks
Denzel tells Jigga to use his vocals. Idris Elba produces the intro.