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Jay-Z laments the state of modern hip-hop

Jay-Z has hit out at modern hip-hop artists for not having enough emotion or “real voice” in their lyrics.

The hitmaker is concerned that new artists are too concerned with being commercial and less about continuity and hard-hitting themes.

The megastar explained: “We have to find out way back to true emotion. This is going to sound so sappy, but love is the only thing that stands the test of time. ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ was all about love. Andre 3000, ‘The Love Below’. Even NWA, at its core, that was about love for a neighbourhood."

He continued: “We’re chasing a lot of sounds now, but I’m not hearing anyone’s real voice. The emotion of where you are in your life. The mortgage scandal. People losing their jobs. I want to hear about that.”

Check out Jay-Z’s latest single guest spot on Kanye West’s ‘Monster’ below: