Jay -Z didn’t have much of a press run after the release of his latest album 4:44 apart from the Rap Radar interview for TIDAL. Now in an exclusive interview he sat down with New York Times’ T Magazine where he talked about Donald Trump as President, the inspiration behind ‘The Story of O.J’, racism in America and more.
The interview took place days after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. Interviewed by Dean Baquest he bought up confessional songs on the project similar to what his wife Beyonce did with her Lemonade album. The Roc Nationr appear for the first tiem reveals that the two were actually working on a joint album. “We were using our art almost like a therapy session. And we started making music together,” Jay says. “And then the music she was making at that time was further along. So her album came out as opposed to the joint album that we were working on. Um, we still have a lot of that music. And this is what it became. There was never a point where it was like, “I’m making this album.” I was right there the entire time.”
He also touched on his issues with Kanye West, “I [talked to] Kanye the other day, just to tell him, like, he’s my brother. I love Kanye. I do. It’s a complicated relationship with us,” Hov lets the world know. “Kanye came into this business on my label. So I’ve always been like his big brother. And we’re both entertainers. It’s always been like a little underlying competition with your big brother. And we both love and respect each other’s art, too. So it’s like, we both — everyone wants to be the greatest in the world. You know what I’m saying? And then there’s like a lot of other factors that play in it. But it’s gonna, we gonna always be good.”
Read the full interview here.