Recently, Sean Corey Carter – best known as Jay Z – was honored with a tribute at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch. The “Book of Hov” exhibit is filled with representations of his life’s work.
Visitors get the visual blueprint displaying not only his artistry but his cultural influence and impact. The library is also offering special “Book of Hov” limited edition library cards. The website for the exhibit explores personal memorabilia, artwork, quotes, and of course the soundtrack of a dynamic career.
Scrolling throughout the site you get to hear snippets like this from Reasonable Doubt, things the general public has never had a glimpse of.
I’m only thinking about doing one album so I had to really take my time with this one. We put a lot of work in the studio. I worked hard so I just want everybody to you know appreciate that. Appreciate the fact that I’m giving y’all my life on record, you know? You gotta really appreciate somebody for that. It’s nothing too far fetched on there – it’s actual. It’s things I’ve been through or someone real close to me has been through, things that affected my life so it’s real personal you know. For me to put that on wax that meant a lot to me so I hope it means a lot to the audience. Well you know me & Big we always see each other in passing. You Know I knew cat from high school – he would always say “what’s up. What up, what up, what up?”. He’s like “yo we gonna get together and put something down whether it be on your album or my album”. We about to do something for his album right now actually but you know we just went into the studio & put that down. It was cool to vibe. We was on some real, straight Brooklyn let’s bring it.
The opening was star-studded with Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, DJ Khaled, Babyface, Fat Joe, Steve Stoute, and Alecia Keys present. If you can’t make it to the free exhibition in Brooklyn the “Book of Hov” is a great resource to take a peak into one of the most impactful careers Hip Hop has ever seen. Keep scrolling to see pieces from the tribute as well as a link to the official website.