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Jay-Z Behind the Scenes at the Rolling Stone Cover Shoot: Video

November 14, 2007 9:40 AM ET

The new cover of Rolling Stone has finally been revealed: Jay-Z. Get a close-up look at Jay on the set of his photo shoot as he talks candidly about American Gangster, discusses his new RS cover, and explains why he still feels like a new artist. To read an excerpt of his cover Q&A with Austin Scaggs, click here.

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Song Stories

“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

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