Growing Up: Jay-Z answers accusations that he’s not the same cat from Marcy Projects. Watch yourselves, bloggers!
XXL: You know a lot people are saying things like Jay changed. Jay is not in the hood anymore. He hangs with Chris Martin from Coldplay and it’s like, how do you…
Jay-Z: You’re supposed to change. You know, doing the same thing over and over is the definition of insane.
XXL: The definition of what?
Jay-Z: That’s the definition of insane. I push it again, I push it again, I push it in, I’m insane. I’m crazy. Right? I think that’s the problem with hip-hop, and that might be our downfall.
Jay-Z: Ultimately, it feeds off itself. It’s this big, and it never can grow.
Like, you can’t show another side of hip-hop. You cannot show a mature side of hip-hop, that’s not a hip-hop thing to do.
XXL: Like you can’t bring Gwyneth Paltrow out on stage.
Jay-Z: That’s not hip-hop.
Jay-Z: People write blogs about that. Very un-hip-hop moment. Very un-hip-hop moment. Are you kidding? But I seen Pac with Madonna, and that was the most hip-hop gangsta shit, I ever wanted to see. You know what I’m saying? I thought that was great. Hip-hop has got to be allowed to grow. If it keeps feeding on itself, then it’s not real. 70 years old you talking about, you do what, you do what? Sounds ridiculous to me.
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