Jermaine Dupri, the founder of So So Def, recently expressed his admiration for Jay-Z’s latest endeavor, the ‘Book of HOV’ exhibition, which he believes is the most exceptional homage to Hip Hop’s 50th anniversary thus far.
Taking to his Instagram Stories, Dupri showered praise on the billionaire entrepreneur, with whom he collaborated on the 1998 hit “Money Ain’t a Thang.”
“As I’m coming in the studio, I’m watching clips of this ‘Book of HOV’ thing that Brooklyn Library decided to wrap the whole building in JAY-Z’s lyrics and turn the whole library into the ‘Book of HOV’ exhibit. And recreate Baseline Studios. Listen, man. This is one of the most creative things I’ve seen done for Hip Hop 50.”
He continued, “I been saying this. When I wore the flat top, I did that to pay my respects and homage to Hip Hop. But this Brooklyn library wrapping… the library with his lyrics… this is the most creative thing I’ve seen this whole Hip Hop 50, and I’m inspired.” ‘The Book of HOV’ premiered with an exclusive event at the Brooklyn Public Library on Thursday, July 13, and stands as one of the most extensive exhibits dedicated to a single Hip Hop artist.
As stated on its official website, the multimedia experience showcases “thousands of archived objects, including original recording masters, previously unreleased photos, iconic stage outfits, prestigious awards and accolades, along with videos and artifacts from every aspect of Jay-Z’s illustrious career.”
Tracing the billionaire mogul’s journey from Brooklyn’s Marcy Projects to international stardom, the exhibition aims to offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the life of a Hall of Fame songwriter, performer, accomplished entrepreneur, and influential philanthropist. It commemorates his artistry, origins, accomplishments, and significant cultural impact.
Among the remarkable artifacts on display, encompassing Hov’s nearly three-decade-long career, visitors can explore a meticulous recreation of Baseline Studios. This legendary New York City recording studio served as Jay-Z’s creative hub for crafting timeless albums like The Blueprint and The Black Album.