Jay-Z’s Platonic Ideal of a Song: Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”


“When you hear a great song,” Jay writes in the intro to Rolling Stone‘s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” special issue, “you can think of where you were when you first heard it, the sounds, the smells. It takes the emotions of a moment and holds it for years to come. It transcends time. A great song has all the key elements–melody; emotion; a strong statement that becomes part of the lexicon; and great production.” Like what, though? “Think of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ by Queen.” [Rap Radar]