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After his 1996 album Reasonable Doubt, Jay-Z veered into a more mainstream sound with his sophomore album In My Lifetime Vol 1. On this song, he hints that the move was a good one financially, as he raps: "I dumbed down my audience and doubled my dollars." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Jon Fratelli talks about the band's third album, and the five-year break leading up to it.
Gary Louris of The Jayhawks
The Jayhawks' song "Big Star" has special meaning to Gary, who explains how longevity and inspiration have trumped adulation.
Rudolf, Bob Dylan and the Singing Dogs all show up in this Fact or Fiction for seasonal favorites.