Jay-Z Learns Filmmaking Process With “Streets Is Watching”

Following the lead of rap entrepreneur and media mogul Master P, who starred in last year’s straight-to-video hit, “I’m ‘Bout It,” New York-rapper Jay-Z has just released his own long form home video.

“Streets Is Watching” [700k QuickTime], a 40-minute semi-autobiographical movie based on songs from Jay-Z’s previous album, “In My Lifetime, Volume 1,” recently premiered in New York, and Jay-Z told MTV News why he opted for the straight-to-video route.

“Just like with the record company,” Jay-Z said, “when we first started that, we didn’t know too much about putting out records and marketing and things like that. It was a learning process. To be honest, I couldn’t really put together a movie that was worthy of the big screen, yet” [500k QuickTime] .

The soundtrack for “Streets” features new cuts from Jay-Z, M.O.P., as well as newcomers Sauce Money and Memphis
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