Watch Jay-Z fan out over Eminem and Snoop to David Letterman

Wendy Geller
Writer, Yahoo Entertainment

Wondering what the secret is to rising to the top in the competitive genre of hip-hop? If anyone knows the key, it would be rap mogul Jay-Z. And he’s got an idea where to start: “You can have a great voice, and you can say just about anything,” he says.

In this first look at David Letterman’s interview with Jay-Z from his Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, the rapper explains just what it is about two of his genre’s most iconic stars — Snoop Dogg and Eminem — that makes their sound unique.

Jay-Z explains rap to David Letterman. (Photo courtesy of Netflix)

To illustrate Snoop’s “great voice,” Jay fires off that famous “one, two, three, and to the four” opening line from Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin but a G Thang,” to the delight of the audience. “It’s just like, ‘Oh, my God!'” he says with a grin.

As for Eminem, Jay praises his “amazing cadence” and flows right into a Slim Shady-worthy demonstration to prove his point.

“There’s multiple ways to be good, and some people really just have it all,” he concludes.

You can catch the full Jay-Z episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman on April 6. The series features the host chatting with legendary names from various walks of life, including former President Barack Obama, George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, and Tina Fey. 

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