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If you listened to a Bon Iver album — we were big fans of his first album For Emma, Forever Ago, and his newest release Bon Iver was awesome too — you would probably think of the sleepy countryside, snow, leaves falling off trees, solitary lakes, I could go on. But you might not expect Bon Iver's Justin Vernon to be such a hip hop fan. "I've always been into hip-hop," he said to Rolling Stone. "A lot of people give the more commercial stuff sh*t, but I love that, too."


With this love for hip-hop, it's only fitting that his vocals have appeared on Kanye West's song Monster as well as Kanye and Jay-Z's album Watch The Throne. He broke down his favorite Hip-Hop lyrics for Rolling Stone and the songs he chose are: 


  1. The Fugees - "Family Business"

  2. Busta Rhymes - "Iz They Wildin Wit Us & Gettin Rowdy Wit Us?" (Feat. Mystikal)

  3. Pharoahe Monch - "Agent Orange"

  4. Jay-Z - "A Star Is Born" (Feat. J. Cole)

  5. Kanye West - "Monster" (Feat. Bon Iver, Rick Ross, Jay-Z & Nicki Minaj)

You can read what he said about these songs and their lyrics (a taste: "I actually watched [Nicki Minaj] record [her verse in "Monster"] in Hawaii. Everybody in the room was looking at each other and shaking their heads." AMAZING.) on the Rolling Stone website


-SJ