Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail didn’t please everyone, but it’s all good — Blue Ivy loved it.
In a new Vanity Fair cover story, Hov addresses a range of topics, from his days as a crack dealer to his current situation as a fortysomething rapper — as well as his daughter’s music tastes. Read on for some of the highlights:
On his latest album’s biggest and littlest fan: “[Blue Ivy’s] only 18 months old and I don’t play my music around the house. But this album was new, so we played it. She loves all the songs. She plays a song and she goes, ‘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.”
On courting Beyoncé back in 2001, when they both covered Vanity Fair: “We were just beginning to try to date each other. Well, you know, you’ve got to try first. You got to dazzle … wine and dine.”
On the rumors of Beyoncé faking her pregnancy with Blue Ivy: “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.”
On being a good dealer: “To be in a drug deal, you need to know what you can spend, what you need to re-up. … 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.”
On whether he felt guilty for selling crack in his youth: “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.”
On being a middle-aged rapper: “I know I said I wouldn’t be doing it when I was 30, so that’s how I know I love it. Thirty years old was my cutoff, but I’m still here, 43 years old.”
Head over to Vanity Fair for more.