Jay Z lands on the cover of the November issue of Vanity Fair.
In his interview with the publication the Roc Nation mogul discusses rumors that his wife, Beyonce, was never pregnant, his 18-month old daughter’s love of music and slanging crack back in the day.
On Dealing Drugs:
“I know about budgets. I was a drug dealer. 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.
Crack was everywhere—it was inescapable. There wasn’t any place you could go for isolation or a break. You go in the hallway; [there are] crackheads in the hallway.
You look out in the puddles on the curbs—crack vials are littered in the side of the curbs.
You could smell it in the hallways, that putrid smell; I can’t explain it, but it’s still in my mind when I think about it.”
On The Rumors Surrounding His Wife’s Pregnancy:
“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 Blue Ivy’s Musical Tastes:
“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.”
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