The wonderful Jeff Chang (one of the hip-hop journos who A) gets it and B) isn’t retarded) has a big-ass piece on Jay-Z in The Nation. Well worth your time. It’s one of only two on Jay-Z that I’ve read that were worth the paper they were printed on. The first was a kelefa sanneh piece in the New Yorker that came out shortly before The Blueprint in 2001. Chang’s piece runs down Jay’s history and his changing meaning in the rap world.