Jay-Z Covers Vanity Fair

blame it on Illy October 1, 2013

Jay-Z covers the November ’13 issue of Vanity Fair which hits newsstands in New York and Los Angeles today and will be available nationally on October 8.

After the jump, Mr. Carter talks Blue Ivy’s musical preference, his mother knowing about him dealing drugs as a teenager, wooing Beyoncé, and dismissing Forbes‘ “guesstimate” on his net worth.

On Blue Ivy’s musical preference:
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 [album], the fact that she loves it so much, it gives me the greatest joy. And that’s not like a cliché. I’m really serious. Just to see her—‘Daddy song, more, Daddy.’ She’s genuine, she’s honest, because she doesn’t know it makes me happy. She just wants to hear it.”

On Barack Obama’s 2008 election:
“[The 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 . . . it’s, like, real—it’s going to happen, everyone’s getting to participate in it. But growing up, if you had ever told a black person from the hood you can be president, they’d be like, I could never . . . If you had told me that as a kid, I’d be like, Are you out of your mind? How?”

On being 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 wash—those 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; you’re going to get locked up or you’re going to die.”

On rumors of Beyoncé having a surrogate:
“I don’t even know how to answer that. 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. . . . And even in hip-hop, all the blogs—they had a field day with it. I’m like, We come from you guys, we represent you guys. Why are you perpetuating this? Why are you adding fuel to this ridiculous rumor?”

On trademarking Blue Ivy:
“People wanted to make products based on our child’s name,” he says, “and you don’t want anybody trying to benefit off your baby’s name. It wasn’t for us to do anything; as you see, we haven’t done anything.”

On Forbes‘ “guesstimate” on his net worth:
“I’m not motivated by that. . . . I don’t sit around with my friends and talk about money, ever. On a record, that’s different.”

  • Christopher Breaux

    I hope that black skin don’t dirt that white tuxedo.

  • leather sofa

    JJ Evans camel face devil.

  • ringmancz

    it’s Jay Z now, without the hyphen (but I don’t care either)

  • ugh

    He says “We represent you guys” LOL Jay shut up. You don’t represent anyone but yourself and your money. And yes, I believe she used a surrogate.

  • tew

    ^ what you believe is irrelevant. you are a soulless anonymous blogger on the internet. and that’s all you are.

  • ummm

    She didn’t use a surrogate. I saw Bey on NYE, a week before she had Blue. She was definitely pregnant.

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  • Slumbag

    He doesn’t subject his friends to the sickening money talk, what have we done to deserve it?

  • Fuck Jay Z – 2pac

    Jay Z is a great example on how people come up in America

    taking the credit of other peoples hard work

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  • ThatDude

    This boy loves to have them white people pat him on the back. You are not like the others. Get his ass away from hip hop fast. Where the fuck are the real hustlers like Dame?

  • Rocky Palos

    The site is 2dopeboyz, but the commentators seem like more than a few hoe girls