HOT97 strikes again! Moments ago, Jay-Z popped at NYC’s 1 number hip-hop station for an impromptu interview. So far, they discussed Hov’s first week sales, changing RIAA rules, how fatherhood has changed him and more. In a sincere moment, Jay also talked about how his parents divorce still leaves him with an empty feeling. You can stream it below as it’s happening but we’ll also have the full audio shortly after it ends.
1. “Open Letter” will be available on special edition vinyl.
2. Jay has lots of video footage from the Magna Carta sessions. The BBC video is insane.
3. Hov had to shut someone down from the studio for attempting to tweet the session.
4. Jay always tweets himself, yesterday was all him.
5. Jay does read the blogs… sometimes.
6. Jay has watched the reality shows but doesn’t watch regularly. “CNN is almost like TMZ.”
7. He mostly watches ESPN and HBO because sports are “real”
8. “I don’t need money,” says Jay. “Success is just being able to do what you want to do, on your own terms.”
9. Jay-Z loves Miley because she’s being “herself.” He says there’s room at the Roc for her.
10. He wouldn’t get pissed if J. Cole had the number album over him.
11. Jay-Z on Yeezus: “I love it” and “It’s fearless.”
12. He and Bey have a stash of songs at the crib.
Quotes via VIBE.com
On the RIAA changing their rules
“If you did 500,000 digital, 200 thousand, whatever the metrics is, they should certify what’s digital. It should’ve been happening. I was just the agent of change.”
On whether he’s surprised about moves he pulls off
“It’s a bit of business acumen and it’s a bit of believing I can and not being afraid to fail. That holds a lot of people back, that fear of failure.”
On whether he hates failing
“I’m a person that loves winning. [But] I don’t hate to lose. That’s a different personality trait. Some people hate to lose and that drives them.”
On being a father
“[It’s] just more reaffirming the things that’s really important in life and editing your life in such a way that you don’t have anything that’s distracting you. Anything that’s taking away from that time you should be with your child.”
On growing up with both parents
“They were together my early years, till I was 9 or something. That’s what made it worse—’cause I knew. Some people don’t even get to feel that sort of love at all so you can’t miss what you don’t have. It’s still this empty feeling. There’s more of an empty feeling having it then having it taken away from you.”
On watching TV
“I’m watching the trial heavy right now. I was just looking at the news and like it’s strange how you can see everyone’s agenda… CNN is almost like TMZ. Certain things it’s like, Aw man this is really just entertainment. It’s really all for ratings. And you squeeze a bit of information in there… [Sports], that’s the only thing that’s real. The outcome of that is real. Although people want to believe that it’s fixed. That’s the real reality show.”
On his stake in the Brooklyn Nets
“Everyone may try to trivialize my whole involvement in the Nets to a percentage. Okay, which one is it? Am I all about money or do I… It’s difficult to keep up with.”
On living without money
“I don’t need money… I think success is just being able to do what you want to do on your terms.”