Point Out The Bounce
Great success in the music industry is usually followed by a string of copycats, anxious to piggyback off the wave with hopes of raking in any leftover attention. Jay-Z never officially released 2002’s “The Bounce” as a single, a wrong he made right when he unveiled “Dirt of Your Shoulder” to the radio after “Change Clothes” wrinkled out. The feverish Timbaland-produced melody mixed with a memorable chorus (complete with instructions) put a bounce record back on everyone’s radar. It’s arguable that Mobb Deep’s “Shorty Wop,” LL Cool J’s “Headsprung” and Cee-Lo’s “I’ll Be Around” were all inspired by it. Sometimes you have to follow the leader.