Excuse Me Hov:
It’s the pivotal moment in any Jay-Z interview when the media meddler tries to get him to say anything about Beyonce. Mind you when I sat with Jay back in Paris I had no knowledge of the song “Lost Ones” and the second verse. Still after about an hour and a half of back-and-forth banter I dove in. And hey, I got a lil’ sumthin’, lil’ sumthin’ for the ladies (You know the females are the backbone of the xxlmag viewership. True story.) Also included here is the one question I hit him with about the infamous Carmen Bryan from XXL DVD fame. I was too shook to follow-up.
Anyway, on Friday I’m gonna post the final loose ends from my exhaustive Hova coverage and then that’s it. I promise. I’m through milking this Jay content for all its worth. Somebody tell Game to holla at us. West, west, y’all.
Jay on B
XXL: On a new song, “Beach Chair” you talk about leaving it all to your unborn child, when are you gonna settle down?
Jay-Z: I’m not ready yet. I’m still moving. I still got things to accomplish. The worst shit is to be too busy and miss all your kids’ firsts. First walk, first school, all that shit. You’re not gonna be a bum, you wanna at least be in the state.
XXL: You made it cool in hip-hop to have a girlfriend.
Jay: I only made it cool to say it. Niggas already had girlfriends. They just didn’t wanna say it. I didn’t claim it, they just knew what it was.
XXL: But you’re protective of it though, which is the cool thing. I mean, your private life should stay private.
Jay: The only time your relationship means anything to people that don’t give a shit about you, is when you get together, have a baby or break-up. All the in-between is bullshit to cause something else to happen. They’re trying to fuck your shit up. Why even feed into the gossip?
XXL: Still the longevity of the relationship took away the secrecy of it. Now it’s out there, do you feel like it has affected you?
Jay: I’m not lying about it, I just talk around it or don’t discuss it at all. I’m not rude about. I could just be like, “Shut the fuck up.”
XXL: It must be a trip though with all the attention. The Paparazzi wolves is out.
Jay: It’s part of the game. No regrets. I love it. If you don’t have that negative aspect to fend off, then how do you do it? Something to fight against.
Jay on Nas’ BM
XXL: Now that Carmen is making a book, do you feel like you brought her out in a way?
Jay-Z: I think Superhead brought her out. To be honest, she seen the Oprah interview and the New York Times, I think there’s going to be eleven
more books. Expect it. If I tell you chicken got grease then get a napkin. It’s a copycat… It works. ‘Oh shit it worked! I got some stories.’
Look for the full story in the December 2006 issue, on stands now!
Go to the next page for more behind-the-scenes at the making of Kingdom Come.