Is Jay-Z Our Generation’s Frank Sinatra?

Posted: March 17, 2010 in up for debate
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JayZ & Sinatra

Both grew up outside of New York City in poverty, both were involved in crime and both associated themselves with democratic presidents.

Jay-Z married Beyonce. Sinatra married actress Ava Gardner.

Jay-Z sings about New York in Empire State of Mind. Sinatra sings New York, New York.

Their music couldn’t be any more polar opposite but in their primes, they both were at the top of pop culture and they both claim New York as their own.

What do you think? Is Jay-Z our generation’s Frank Sinatra?

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  1. J-Rizzy says:

    No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No.

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  3. chichi says:

    yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes

  4. Absolutely. Astute observation, Mr. Stepp.

    (DUDE. You’re famous! Rock on.)

  5. I think the more important question is:

    Is Al Gore our Thomas Edison?

  6. chuckazooloo says:

    i don’t think you could say that. i think you would need to wait another 20 years to see if “99 problems” is still relevant to pop culture. i mean the “rat pack” is iconic. even my wife who loves hip hop said that Jay-Z doesn’t hold up to Ol Blue Eyes. her example was the “Wonder Pets”. they actually have a show where they have 3 rats called “the rat pack” who are definitely Frank, Dean and Sammy. also i think that there is not enough of a body of work from Jay-Z. i mean Frank basically covered the great American songbook. the only way to compare generations is to see if they stand the test of time. Frank is still relevant 70 years after he first recorded. The Beatles are still relevant 40 some odd years after they first burst on to the scene. Were it not for Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr. and Michael Buble wouldn’t have careers. i don’t think Jay-Z will have that kind of impact, but we will have to wait another couple of decades to see.
    sorry for the diatribe, i just have opinions.

  7. Anthony says:

    I agree that this is a very astute observation, and an excellent topic for debate/conversation. I’d say that in terms of current cultural relevance, Hova is definitely in Frankie’s position. The “test of time” will need just that, but in the meantime I’m just happy that we have a modern day Sintra (sorry Michael Buble).

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