Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Sean Carter Case Study

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  I don't fan-girl for anyone. 

The only celebrity I saw myself getting starry-eyed over, if we ever met in person, was Michael Jackson -- we lost MJ in 2009 so odds of that happening are zero. 

That being said, I have an affinity for Jay-Z. 

There's "something" about the guy I've always liked. This past weekend, while scrolling through my social media feeds, I came across this quote from him:

"When I used to walk into a room, I'd wonder if they liked me. Now when I walk into a room, I wonder if I like them."

I read it and smiled, reminded of that "something" I like -- leading me to do a quick case study of the man, focused on four key highlights about Mr. Sean Carter.  

Sean Carter is willing to try different musical sounds and collaborations: in 2008, he collaborated with Linkin Park on a mash-up of their single "Numb" with his popular track "Encore" and reminded us that mixing rap and rock & roll can produce some pretty "sexy" tunes. Keep in mind, this was a big risk he was taking and if it turned out wrong, could have cost him a significant portion of his fan base. This is just one example of his daring approach to music, which I love. 

Sean Carter is willing to diversify his portfolio: aside from being a rapper, songwriter, and music producer, he is also an entrepreneur and investor. From his company Roc Nation (making money from music publishing, artist management, and touring) to his 40/40 sports bar/club chain (with eight locations, including Tokyo) to being part owner of the New Jersey Nets basketball team (valued at around $269 million). 

Sean Carter is willing to put aside ego and believe in the power of reconciliation: In 2016, Kanye West decided to call out Jay-Z and Beyonce in one of his infamous onstage concert rants and made some pretty character-damaging comments against both. The average person might let the offense result in bitterness and retaliation. In a post-rant interview, he was asked about his thoughts on Kanye and the matter; he admitted that he was initially very upset however, Kanye will always be his "brother" and that while they're going through a rough patch, he foresees reconciliation in the future. I consider that a class act. 

Sean Carter is willing to be vulnerable and admit fault: over the past few years, rumors had been swirling of infidelity in his marriage to Beyonce. Between 2017/2018, he was interviewed on two high profile shows where he admitted he had stepped out of his marriage and that he sought therapy to help him delve deeper into the "why" of his actions and how to get past them / fix his union. In the rap world, this doesn't happen on a "regular" basis. 

When I think of Mr. Sean Carter, I am called to do the following:
  • take calculated risks 
  • have an "empire state of mind" 
  • put my ego to death daily
  • remain true to myself and my vulnerabilities (whether "trendy" or not)
I could go on but then this post would get "too long" :)

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