Jay Z is featured on the cover of the latest Vanity Fair, and the man looks like he’s loving life. Inside the November issue, the Brooklyn born rapper discusses a wide variety of subjects. Below are some highlights.
On his never-ending love for rap:
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.
On Blue Ivy preferring his music to Beyoncé’s:
She does like her mother’s music—she watches [Beyoncé’s concerts] on the computer every night. But my album came out and I don’t know if Blue ever heard any of my music prior to this album—she’s only 18 months old and I don’t 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.’ She’s my biggest fan. If no one bought the Magna Carta, the fact that she loves it so much, it gives me the greatest joy.
On if he ever felt guilty selling crack when it was destroying the world around him:
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.