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Jay-Z Inspires Rap Tribute To Apple’s Ex-CEO Steve Jobs

Submitted by on September 13, 2011 – 9:04 am2 Comments

When Michael Jordan announced his retirement from the Chicago Bulls and basketball in October 1993, I, a little girl from Brooklyn and an arduous New York Knicks fan, remember kneeling next to my bed and praying to God that he would return. I knew he was the greatest to play the game.  For me, watching him on the court was like witnessing real magic on Earth and I wasn’t ready to say goodbye. Thankfully, in 1995, he came back.

When Jay-Z declared that 2003′s The Black Album would be his last, I remember saying a little prayer while walking on my college campus. It went a little something like, “Dear God. Please don’t let Jay-Z be serious. He’s like 30-something. Who retires in their mid-thirties? Lord, please help him find his way back to the mic.” Thankfully, in 2006, Jay-Z came back with Kingdom Come.

Two weeks ago when Apple‘s now former CEO Steve Jobs announced his retirement, I quickly Googled it on my iPhone to make sure it was true. The I stopped in my tracks, looked at my iPhone and thought, “God dammit, I’ll miss him.” Why no prayer?  Though I secretly hope he’ll pull a Jordan & Jay-Z and return, I don’t think there’s any more Steve Jobs can do. His mark on the world is simple, flawless and there’s no app for that. His magic will last forever.

In honor of Steve Jobs, the YouTubers Pantless Knights, teamed up with Seedwell to create a re-imagining of Jay-Z’s “What More Can I Say,” ironically the same song he used to announce his retirement from the game. In the video, “We All Are Steve,” babies, geeks and even Kermit The Frog rap in black turtlenecks and Steve’s classic glasses as if they were the CEO of awesome.

“We made this song and video as a tribute to Steve Jobs for everything he’s done to change our lives through technology,” stated the Pantless Knights. “We’ve all been influenced by him in some way, so to some degree we all are Steve! Thanks to everyone who made this video possible.”

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