Jigga man who Jigga man what, I have to say Shawn Carter aka Jay Z is actually looking good. Check out the interview below. I love how Jay Z is talking about family life and his career.
Shawn Carter, better known as Jay Z, tells Vanity Fair contributing editor Lisa Robinson in the November issue that although his wife, Beyoncé, says that their 18-month-old daughter, Blue Ivy, prefers Jays music to hers, hes not so sure. Thats not true. She does like her mothers musicshe watches [Beyoncés concerts] on the computer every night. But my album came out and I dont know if Blue ever heard any of my music prior to this albumshes only 18 months old and I dont play my music around the house. But this album was new, so we played it. And she loves all the songs. She plays a song and she goes, More, Daddy, more . . . Daddy song. Shes 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 thats not like a cliché. Im really serious. Just to see herDaddy song, more, Daddy. Shes genuine, shes honest, because she doesnt know it makes me happy. She just wants to hear it.
Jay tells Robinson that Barack Obamas 2008 election actually renewed my spirit for America. It was like, Oh, wow, man, this whole thing about land of the free, home of the . . . its, like, realits going to happen, everyones getting to participate in it. But growing up, if you had ever told a black person from the hood you can be president, theyd be like, I could never . . . If you had told me that as a kid, Id be like, Are you out of your mind? How?
Jay tells Robinson that his mother knew he was dealing drugs as a teenager, but we never really had those conversations. We just pretty much ignored it. But she knew. All the mothers knew. It sounds like How could you let your son . . . but Im telling you, it was normal.
Jays checkered past taught him a few things that he says will come in handy in his new role as a sports agent: I know about budgets. I was a drug dealer, he tells Robinson. 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 washthose 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; youre going to get locked up or youre going to die.
Speaking about his childhood, Jay tells Robinson they did the best they could to make ends meet: We were living in a tough situation, but my mother managed; she juggled. Sometimes wed pay the light bill, sometimes we paid the phone, sometimes the gas went off. We werent starving we were eating, we were O.K. But it was things like you didnt want to be embarrassed when you went to school; you didnt want to have dirty sneakers or wear the same clothes over again.
While he was growing up, Jay says, crack was everywhere it was inescapable. There wasnt any place you could go for isolation or a break. You go in the hallway; [there are] crackheads in the hallway. You look out in the puddles on the curbscrack vials are littered in the side of the curbs. You could smell it in the hallways, that putrid smell; I cant explain it, but its still in my mind when I think about it.
Jay tells Robinson he sold crack but never used it, and when asked if he ever felt guilty about contributing to what was becoming an epidemic, he says, Not until later, when I realized the effects on the community. I started looking at the community on the whole, but in the beginning, no. I was thinking about surviving. I was thinking about improving my situation. I was thinking about buying clothes.