The Empire State of Mind rapper is known for his unique creative process and Ne-Yo, who has crafted hits for artists including Beyonce and Rihanna, admits watching the master at work has challenged him to be more spontaneous with his approach to writing tracks.
He tells Billboard.com, "I'm trying to escape the shackles of a pen and a pad. I've sat in sessions with Jay Z where he doesn't write anything down. He'll come up with the most incredible triple entendre all in his head - it's amazing. That was the main thing that attracted me was just trying something new."