Mela Machinko says:
Hov Said It Best is a concept project based largely on Jay Z songs. It uses Jay Z lyrics, concepts and even ad libs and cadences to craft entirely new songs that tell my stories....
I am a native Brooklynite and longtime fan of Jay Z. He's absolutely a hometown hero to me. And as a lover of hip hop and lyricism, I noticed a while ago that many lines that originated in Jay Z songs became a part of my everyday speech. Phrases like "we don't believe you, you need more people" made their way seamlessly into my lexicon. And while I relate to the lyrics of many, many songs by many artists, few are as relatable, open to interpretation, and as prolific as Jay Z.
... As a fan, combing back through my favorite songs was enjoyable. Also, the process of how to use the lyrics I chose was an interesting challenge. Whether to use the words verbatim in the context he did, or whether to interpret them differently, whether to paraphrase a bit, or whether to even challenge the lyrics was a fun thing to figure out. ...My goal with this project is to introduce myself to the music world, and give people some songs that they want to listen to, over and over. These songs are fun and interesting, enjoyable for Jay Z fans and for people who just like good music that doesn't sound like everything else.