Jay-Z For NY Times Magazine (PHOTOS)
Jigga, Jigga, that n*gga Jigga never ceases to amaze the masses.
Jay-Z and Beyonce are currently sailing the seas in the South of France to celebrate Beyonce’s 31st birthday and the close of Jay’s super successful Made in America Festival, but they didn’t skate off without leaving a little something for the Carter-obsessed fans.
Jay is the subject of a New York Times article by the talented Zadie Smith titled “The House That Hova Built,” a play off his new standing as part owner of the Brooklyn Nets and their Barclay Center home, and the proverbial house of hip-hop.
In the intricately written piece that took place over an Italian lunch on Mulberry Street in New York City, Jay-Z opens up on everything from the new rappers in the game, to Occupy Wall Street and fatherhood.
Check out some excerpts from the article below:
On the Interpretations of Hip-Hop:
“It’s funny how you can say things like that in plain English and then people still [criticize it]. Something that’s just this bad language, or guys who degrade women, and they don’t realize the poetry and the art.” This is perhaps one downside to having the “flow of the century.”
On President Obama:
“I’ve said the election of Obama has made the hustler less relevant.” When he first made this point, “People took it in a way that I was almost dismissing what I am. And I was like: no, it’s a good thing!” He didn’t have Obama growing up, only the local hustler. “No one came to our neighborhoods, with stand-up jobs, and showed us there’s a different way. Maybe had I seen different role models, maybe I’d’ve turned on to that.”
On Odd Future, Chief Keef, and other rappers alike:
He sees their anger as a general “aversion to corporate America,” particularly as far as it has despoiled the planet. “People have a real aversion to what people in power did to the country. So they’re just lashing out, like: ‘This is the son that you made. Look at your son. Look at what you’ve done.’”
On Occupy Wall Street:
He gets a little agitated when the subject of Zuccotti Park comes up: “What’s the thing on the wall, what are you fighting for?” He says he told Russell Simmons, the rap mogul, the same: “I’m not going to a park and picnic, I have no idea what to do, I don’t know what the fight is about. What do we want, do you know? I think all those things need to really declare themselves a bit more clearly. Because when you just say that ‘the 1 percent is that,’ that’s not true. Yeah, the 1 percent that’s robbing people, and deceiving people, these fixed mortgages and all these things, and then taking their home away from them, that’s criminal, that’s bad. Not being an entrepreneur. This is free enterprise. This is what America is built on.”
On how he will raise Blue Ivy in TriBeCa:
What will TriBeCa give Blue? “I actually thought about that more before she was born. Once she got here I’ve been in shock until maybe last week? [Growing up] I was going to have to fight, I was going to have to go through some things, and they were preparing me.” He smiles: “She doesn’t have to be tough. She has to love herself, she has to know who she is, she has to be respectful, and be a moral person.”
Check out Jay-Z’s entire article here.
SOURCE: NY TIMES