Jay-Z Gives a Rare Interview

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From the Knockout (Mila Kunis) to the Breakout (Michael Fassbender), the Showmen ( Justin Timberlake & Jimmy Fallon) to the King (Jay-Z), GQ is launching a series of new covers for the month of December. Also, King of the Year, Jay-Z, sat down with GQ for a rare interview to discuss Kanye’s perfectionism, his own father, and fitting a car seat into the Maybach.


Jay-Z on Kanye’s obsessing over microdetails during the recording of the album:
“I think he just can’t help himself,” Jay says. “He puts so much into everything, and he’s like, ‘You have to treat it like I treat it.’ It drives you crazy sometimes—like when you’ve put seventy-five versions of a snare on one song and he’s like, ‘No!’ and you’re like, ‘Come on, man.’ ”

...on his father leaving and how that affected him:
“If your dad died before you were born, yeah, it hurts—but it’s not like you had a connection with something that was real,” Jay says. “Not to say it’s any better—but to have that connection and then have it ripped away was, like, the worst. My dad was such a good dad that when he left, he left a huge scar. He was my superhero.”

“[I talked about] what it did to me, what it meant, asked him why. There was no real answer. There was nothing he could say, because there’s no excuse for that. There really isn’t. So there was nothing he could say to satisfy me, except to hear me out. And it was up to me to forgive and let it go.”

...on their (he and wife Beyonce) decision to announce their baby at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards:
“It was actually Bey who wanted to [announce] it,” Jay says. “You want to be in control of your life.”

...Jay-Z, when asked if he’ll be putting a car seat in the Maybach:
“Yeah,” Jay smiles. “Wouldn’t that be great? That would be a great picture.”

See the full interview HERE.

Photo credit: Nathaniel Goldberg/GQ