Frequent Jean Grae and Pharoahe Monch collaborator Mela Machinko has devised the most reverent Jay-Z tribute since Destiny's Child's "Cater 2 U." Her Hov Said It Best project "uses Jay-Z lyrics, concepts and even ad libs and cadences to craft entirely new songs that tell my stories. On the project, Hov Said It Best is a television show, sort of a This Is Your Life game show, but based on Jay Z, and I am the day's contestant on the show."
The first taste of it, "What You Want Me To Do (I'm Sorry)," is a jubilant cloud of hip-hop soul that was inspired by Jay's guest verse on the remix of Mya's "Best of Me." Obscure. One song in, she's already so deep.