Jay Z is covering the November issue of Vanity Fair, chatting about what most fans can’t get enough of-Blue Ivy, his wife Beyonce, and ummm, his crack dealing days. One of the more interesting parts of the interview is how he felt a bit betrayed (my words, not his) when the hip hop community ran with the whole ‘Beyonce is faking her pregnancy’ rumor. The 43-year-old also shared how his former drug dealing gig assists his dealings in the corporate and sports world. Peep a few excerpts.
On how his daughter, Blue, loves his music:
‘More, Daddy, more . . . Daddy song.’ She’s my biggest fan. If no one bought the Magna Carta [album], the fact that she loves it so much, it gives me the greatest joy. And that’s not like a cliché. I’m really serious. Just to see her—‘Daddy song, more, Daddy.’ She’s genuine, she’s honest, because she doesn’t know it makes me happy. She just wants to hear it.
How his vintage drug dealing days have helped him in corporate America:
I know about budgets. I was a drug dealer. To be in a drug deal, you need to know what you can spend, what you need to re-up. Or if you want to start some sort of barbershop or car wash—those were the businesses back then. Things you can get in easily to get out of [that] life. At some point, you have to have an exit strategy, because your window is very small; you’re going to get locked up or you’re going to die.”
His feelings about the media suggesting Beyonce used a surrogate:
I don’t even know how to answer that. It’s just so stupid. You know, I felt dismissive about it, but you’ve got to feel for her. I mean, we’ve got a really charmed life, so how can we complain? But when you think about it, we’re still human beings. . . . And even in hip-hop, all the blogs—they had a field day with it. I’m like, We come from you guys, we represent you guys. Why are you perpetuating this? Why are you adding fuel to this ridiculous rumor?
On his salary being listed as $500 Million:
I’m not motivated by that. . . . I don’t sit around with my friends and talk about money, ever. On a record, that’s different.
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