Jay-Z: I’ll Still Kill (Part I)

Just when you thought it was safe, just when you thought the world’s greatest MC had left the streets behind to put his feet up on a beach chair, just when you least expected it: Jay-Z’s back. Again. With a vengeance.

There’s a party going on at New York’s Roc the Mic studios. The music is deafening, the Patrón shots are flowing, Beyoncé is shaking her rump, and everyone has stopped watching Denzel Washington on the monitors above the booth. This is where Jay-Z has been for the last two weeks, creating an album in a whirlwind of inspiration after catching an early screening of the movie American Gangster.

In the flick, Denzel plays Frank Lucas, a superduper heroin kingpin who accumulated $250 million in the 1970s. The character’s calm, cool persona reminded Jay of himself and relit a spark inside him to record music about his own checkered past. Who’s to say he said it all in Reasonable Doubt? “I lived a rich life,” he says, fiddling with his black laptop to cue up the next song. “I knew there were stories there, I just didn’t think that I would be able to get there in an honest way and really relive those emotions.”

It seems like strange timing. An album of unapologetic criminology rap at a time when—in the wake of the Imus scandal—even folks like Russell Simmons are endorsing censorship. Then again, a year after Jay’s last album, Kingdom Come, was widely panned as “adult contemporary” hip-hop, his street credibility could sure use a boost. Former hustler buddies Calvin Klein and DeHaven have gone public with accusations that Jay is out of touch and dishonorable, while disgruntled Def Jam artists like LL Cool J complain about getting the back-burner treatment as their label’s president puts out his own music.

Speaking of the corporate side, Jay’s contract is up at the first of the year, and rumors have him bouncing to join his old Roc-A-Fella protégé Kyambo “Hip-Hop” Joshua and Def Jam co-founder Rick Rubin in rebuilding the venerable Sony/Columbia (though the pair just signed one of Jay’s most vocal antagonists, Dipset’s Jim Jones). Looks like it’s gonna be a hot winter. But in the meantime, Jay-Z’s 10th album is on par with some of his finest work. And, for now, he’s lost in the music.

It’s not every day in hip-hop you hear a legendary rapper say he saw a movie that inspired him to create an album.
Yeah. When I saw the movie, the way Denzel portrayed the character, you know, we never seen a Black guy ascend this high in a movie before, to being over the mob. So immediately that struck with me. Like, the success of it all. Like, “Wow, go!” [Applauds] The reason we applaud Oprah—no matter what she says about us—it’s ’cause she’s gone so far. One of the most important scenes [in the movie] to me was when Denzel and the T.I. character sat down, and they had that talk. T.I. was a pitching prospect. Denzel’s character got him that tryout with the Yankees, and he blew it off, and Denzel was like, “Why did you blow it off?” And he’s like, “I want to be like you.” They didn’t show the scene after that. Denzel in the corner reflecting. Denzel in his bedroom crying. You know, like in The Godfather. The Godfather didn’t want Michael in the business, right? I’m sure Denzel felt the same way about his nephew. But he couldn’t say that. So what I did was take emotions from [scenes like] that. Like, I took that emotion and pulled it into my song [“Sweet”]. So it’s my own movie. I call it an indie film now—that’s my new shit. It’s the indie-film version of American Gangster.

It also gave you a chance to do an album with content more in the vein of Reasonable Doubt, right? More street content.
Exactly. I never thought I would make it back there. I never thought I would be in that place. Because I wasn’t going to do it for the sake of doing it. That’s corny, and that’s fake. If I don’t show the world growth, how are we going to grow? And I represent hip-hop as well, you know, with what I do. What I do is a reflection on hip-hop. And if I don’t show growth, then they going to be like: “This guy right here, he’s successful. Why is he shooting at people in his raps?”

It’s interesting that, in a year where we had the Imus scandal and all these attacks on hip-hop, you would make a record like this, at this level in your career. Do you worry about being misunderstood?
I don’t really care about that, ’cause it’s true emotions. You can’t just fix a curse and fix a neighborhood. If you told me tomorrow that if I stop saying “nigga,” that the neighborhood would be fixed, I’ll never say “nigga” again. I’ll never say shit again. I deal with that on this album, with the “Ignorant Shit.” Scarface the movie did more than Scarface the rapper, to me, but still that ain’t the blame for everything that has happened to me. If you’re going to attack a section of entertainment, you have to attack it all. You can’t just attack music. You have to attack films and video games—they killed more people in the opening of Grand Theft Auto than 50 Cent killed on any one of his albums. All his albums put together.

How did you feel when all that went down? Did you think it was just something that was going to blow over?
Yeah. I didn’t even think it was worth my attention. Because I was really upset that—like, how did we get there? We just took the argument and moved it. Imus is a racist. Hip-hop are entertainers. They’re entertainers. That’s two different issues. Imus is not a fan of hip-hop. He couldn’t name three songs off of any rapper’s album. He’s not a fan of hip-hop. He’s not listening to hip-hop. So he’s not influenced by hip-hop. That’s his choice and his feelings. Or even his playing and going way too far. Which is cool. If he stood behind that, like: “I’m just entertaining. I’m acting a fool.” That’s cool. That’s not what he said.

The hip-hop community was mad ’cause Russell said we should clean it up and—
I had a conversation with Russell, to be perfectly frank. I’m like: “Russell, man, you gotta be careful in how you go about doing that. You represent us. You can’t do that. At least have a conversation with everybody about it. You just can’t speak out like that.” And I don’t agree. You know, I ain’t agree with everybody going on Oprah. I thought it was really a bad move for us, because there’s no way to win. That show, it’s not edited by us. You can’t win. It’s not an equal forum. I don’t think that was the right forum for that type of conversation. If you have the conversation, really have the conversation. Have a conversation. Don’t talk at me.

This new music is coming after Kingdom Come, an album where you showed maturity and growth and laid off of the street content. Do you feel like the rap audience misunderstood where you were going with Kingdom Come?
Art is subjective. It’s subjective, right? So, you know, you gotta be careful with—you don’t have to be careful. You’re really supposed to do what you gotta do, and if people follow you… But the space I was in, it’s very difficult [for the audience] to relate to those emotions. Like, you can relate to the emotions on Blueprint. You know, that’s more—universal feeling. That’s the struggle. It’s hard to relate to the feeling on the other side. And I think it was too much of that, but it was an honest feeling at the time. Like I said, I love that because that’s what I’m supposed to be doing—whether it’s accepted by everybody or not. I’m supposed to be pushing the envelope and trying new things. And people are supposed to say, “Hov, you might have went too far.”

It’s the new generation of fans and rappers who are gonna judge you the harshest. Do you think it’s fair that you’re compared to every new sensation, like Lil Wayne?
I don’t think it’s fair to me, and I don’t think it’s fair to them, with the amount of work that I put in. But it’s human nature. So I gotta do what I’ve been doing. I gotta compete with my work. Not to take anything away from him. I think Lil Wayne is extremely talented. I think he’s one of the most talented ones out there. I mean, even more so how his delivery is than what he says. I don’t think some of the things he says sometimes are the greatest things, but the way he delivers it, that’s part of it. People got to look at that, too. That’s a big, important part of the puzzle. But do I think me and Lil Wayne should be in the same sentence? Me? No. I mean, hopefully one day. He has to accumulate work. Put some classics under his belt.

So you’re not ready to hand him or anyone else the torch yet. This isn’t gonna be your last album?
I want to never say that again. Just make the albums, man. And if one day people wake up and it’s four years later, and you haven’t made another, they go, “Wait a minute, you’re retired!” I think that’s best for me. I think I pulled the retirement ripcord too many times. People looking at me like, “Please shut up.” I was looking at Fade to Black the other day. I was embarrassed. I couldn’t watch. I’m not playing with you. I had to turn it off. I was cringing. Like, I’m about to put out another album, man. Another one. Not only was that not my last, I put out another one, and I’m about to put out another one. I wasted a great film! I’m about to make another film, though. Not on retirement, just another film. I want to make a movie with this album. Like a short film, a better Streets Is Watching. I want to get the Hughes brothers to direct it. I’ll be doing a disservice if I didn’t deliver it [American Gangster] in a proper way.

THIS IS ONLY HALF OF THE XXL‘S COVER STORY INTERVIEW WITH JAY-Z FROM OUR DECEMBER ISSUE. CHECK BACK ON MONDAY (OCT 22) TO READ THE CONCLUSION IN PART 2!

  • joshua206

    God your man Hov’ cracked the can open again
    Who you gon’ find doper than him with no pen
    just draw off inspiration
    Soon you gon’ see you can’t replace him
    with cheap imitations for These GENERATIONS!!!

    The Real is Back!

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  • HIP HOP

    FIRST SUCKAS….

    Jay should be the spokesman of hip-hop, we can definetly tell Russell is too old and out of touch with the issues of Our time.

    I’m not a business man.. I’ma BUSINESS… man.

    • heart

      what issues you young motherfuckers are lost

      what is jay or russel doing for you ?

      Stupid asses

  • http://wmdeez.wordpress.com/ nation

    Jay any takers for your Def Jam spot yet? I’d be interested

    tell L.A. to holler at me. I’m Lyor’s friend

  • Ade

    Its nice he back but i would still like to see a video for Method Man!!!

    Selfish motherfucker

    but he still a legend

    • Tiff

      I was listening to people talk about Jay unfairly publicizing other artists on Def Jam the other day on the radio…and while I can see how the conflict of interest is there, its up to the artist to make dope music that is worth the light of day…when’s the last time Meth had a HOT single that would lead to a HOT video as a part of a HOT album…Its not Jay’s fault these artists stand in their own way…he has a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it…

      • SpottedAssassin

        Redman’s album is HOT, and I haven’t heard any song from it on the radio. All of his R&B acts are getting shown love, so why not do the same for the hip hop artist?
        I like Jay and all that, but DAMN!

      • o.g.

        are you seriously telling me joe budden didn’t have music good enough to put out??? have you heard the mm mix tapes??!!

        his last album went gold and he got a grammy nod!
        look, jay came on the scene right when everybody who was good at the time was falling off, and right before pac died…hes had this sick fetish with getting at all the people (either through dissing them or fucking them over at def jam) who were dope in the 90′s and that he had insecurities about–even after they have/had fallen off and its no longer necessary—prodigy,nas (although that backfired and resurrected nas), ll,meth, red (who is still CRAZY hot) etc…and joe buddens was just someone that was too good to be on the label with jay so he fucked him off too…jay is a really insecure dude–which is unfortunate…just look at the foul shit he’s done over the years–i just can’t fuck with him….but then again he wasn’t that hot compared to the cats that were doing it around the time he came out–maybe i’d like him more if i grew u with him being the best…but anyone that grew up on pac (real pac–not these horrible post-death albums) and the good mobb deep,nas,wu,biggie stuff from the 90′s stopped fucking with jay after his second album…but either way–he is a shady motherfucker behind what he did to joey jumpoff!!

        • realmen

          pac is an idiot and hes dead. black evlis. lol. Jay the best rapper. U think jay scared of budden. lol. Joe is good, but he can’t fool with jay. A man is a man when he don’t like something he gets off his ass and does something about it. Men don’t depend on other men, men stand up. For the other artist on that label, you don’t like how jay does it stand up and do it yourself. Thats what men do, they don’t bitch.

  • http://wmdeez.wordpress.com/ nation

    damn… that introduction just pretty much summed everything up

    lol @ disgruntled though

  • TaZ

    Every time I listen to this man I realize how genius he is. Jay Z= Hip Hop…. Plain and simple

  • D.Dollar$

    This CD will be a Classic. Mark my words! lil’Wayne and Jay Z in the same sentence……umm….FUCCCCCC NOOOOO. Jay all day. Weezy get ya catolog up son son. Features on other dudes cd’s are a coop out lil dude do ya one thing…. Groopie ass nicca

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    I hope this time Hovie delivers, if not, it’s gonna be hard to come back. With this album, he’s getting back to the essence, so hopefully it’s gonna be mean.

  • niggakilla

    ok so why does hov’s lip look life its on some collagen shit

  • Deez Nutz

    Like the computer commercial said…Jay Z is the “CEO of Hip Hop”

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  • yolanda

    “we never seen a Black guy ascend this high in a movie before”

    jay-z = officially rap’s biggest idiot. and there’s some competition…

    • sasha

      Grow up and stop hatin. Jay is da shit

  • El Padrino

    Hov seems to always make sense. When is the casting for this free movie? I want to be in that bitch!

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  • Kid Kash

    Hova that dude. Can’t deny that if you wanted to. But seriously after versus 2 and 3 of Encore, did any of yall seriously think he wasn’t gonna bring out another album? Maybe even he’s “only doin two” more albums?

  • freakyfiikkkii

    No bullshit.

    I listen to Lil Wayne, and I still can’t name three songs off his albums.

    Jay’s album is going to be a Reebok (classic for those who are a little slow)

  • Lyrical Travisty

    Jay-Z is about to fuck the game up once again. Wayne ain’t got shit on the Hov. He kisses Babies. Anybody else who got something negative to say about this nigga can eat a dick with two balls. Shout outs to Philly a.k.a. killadelphia. Bang, Bang 215 pussy!!!

  • Jace

    why am i subscribing to your magazine ifyou are going to put the full interviews online a few weeks before it’s in my mailbox???

    • mj

      good fucking question son

    • hotlace

      It’s called promotion…I don’t subscribe and I don’t know the last time I bought this mag but J Hova sells mags. XXL is gonna make a bundle!

  • http://www.myhangover.wordpress.com/ Big Homie

    You already know

    Props on the interview YN

  • dynasty5488

    Hov is back. Da roc boys in the buliding tonight oh what feeling im feeling right. ROC

  • M Easy

    I Go Back Like The Oldies But The Goodies/ Pullin R&B Bitches Wearin Hoodies.

    Jay-Z Is the best that ever did my nig 100.

  • http://xxlmag.com houston’s finest

    oh well, guess i won’t be buying this issue of XXL.

    • http://yahoo.com big d

      ur bitch ass always hatin on jay u aint shit but a cyber thug i got niggaz in h town that know ur punk ass go find a man 2 kiss like ur idol wayne

  • Kash For Keepz

    go listen to that chariots of fire freestyle,and listen carefully to what hov says,first off dude calls himself god and no one says anything about it,i think when you can do shit like that your definatly the best and most respected,jay sets all trends in the hip hop world go back and listen to his classics,all that shit niggas saying now he has already said in the past,my mans 10yrs ahead of niggas

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    Great READ!
    Jay-Z has it all figured out. I think with Kingdom Come he was to ahead of the time! or either 2 late! He should have put that out before the Black Album maybe, or before The Blue Print even!

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  • Reeta

    I loved kingdom come because it was different and that was refreshing to me. I’m tired of hearing the same ass shit Lil’ wayne, T.I. and everyone else is putting out there. Jay is the standard everybody else needs to follow the standard. Point blank!

    • TheRealisBack8732

      Kingdome Come was dope. Too many people today have a habbit of thinking Hip-Hop is all about being the hardest, toughest, & most cut-throat. Part of that is Pac’s, Biggie’s, NWA’s, and Jay-Z’s fault. They only rapped about their lives and what they have experienced at a particular moment. It’s actually real talk. Today you have artists who never grew up on the streets and around a harsh enviroment creating false bravado on their albums and trying to out do one another with made up story after another. Hip-Hop needs to get more intouch whith it’s audience. Sales are down partly because we don’t want to hear disingenuous rappers create fairy tale senarios.

      The blame for Hip-Hop being in the state it’s in is largely the fault of the consumer, who keeps buying an inferior product. Blame also lies with the record companies for turning out these fasle MC’s and the MC’s themselves for not being who they really are. Jay-s understands that music is a true emotional experssion felt by the artist delivered to the listener. He’s truly the best rapper alive, mabye the best ever.

  • ninja foot104

    XXL you really should hold back more of the interview thats gonna be in the mag, excellent idea sub-par execution…

    THe only reason J and Wayne cant be compared is cuz they come from different sides of the same equation if you gonna solve for one you got to remove the other. If rap artists feel they are the best they should redifine who their comp is and what they should be doing with their music, which, based on what I just read, is what Jay-Z plans to do.

    “Art is subjective. It’s subjective, right? So, you know, you gotta be careful with—you don’t have to be careful. You’re really supposed to do what you gotta do, and if people follow you…”

  • Suth’n Gal in the “DMV”

    Heavy Sigh…He’s 37 years of age and it’s really time to move on and up and leave “this part of the game” to the young’uns. He retired and made 2 albums and now he’s un-retired and making another??? What else do you have to prove and to whom do you need to prove it? The last thing J needs to do is become the Michael Jordan of Hip-Hop.
    I thought Kingdom Come was an appropriate end to his “street-hustle era” and the beginning of his “that’s where I came from this is where I am” phase; sort of a role model for the up-and-comings showing them what the “next level” can be and is really all about. It would have undoubtedly been the greatest retirement album of Hip-Hop history. This one better be a beast.

    He’s not betraying the streets by evolving…that’s what we do as we learn about ourselves. We’ve heard the same story since he was under NAZ’s wing….now we gotta hear it again?
    I love Jay-Z, I just need for him to take “everything” to the next level.
    You’s a grown man, can you at least get a grown woman? That whole ride or die, baby-boo and little girlfriend temper tantrum and drama is so played. We have no doubt you can pull the young ones, (Shawn Kelley??), now he’s seeing first hand how frustrating it can be when you’re not on the same level of maturity in a relationship or not ready for the same things. Kingdom Come wasn’t that hard for “grown” (35 and over) people to decipher…it was totally from the heart. We’ve been there, that’s why we liked it.
    Take it from someone who’s watched you from damn-near day 1…Jay…You don’t have to hustle anymore! Get off the corner already, the board room is waiting on you! Holla!

  • NoElleNo

    Separated At Birth:

    Shawn Carter and Joe Camel

  • Tips

    “No matter how ya slice it, he’s da mahfcukin guy!”

  • Alden

    Look just face East Coast bias people, yall not being real with yourself just like Jay-Z, is not being real with himself. Lil Wayne has 2 Classic albums, The Carter 1 and 2, to name the least along with 500 degrees. He has the most mixtapes that hit the streets more than any rapper. Make It Rain, he just did the hook, club classic, yall dont know nothing, because yall are blinded by Jay, and the fake bull crap.. Dame Dash made Jay-Z who he is, man. Dame Dash is the ROC, forever will be The ROC. Jay is a terrible executive, just ask Memphis Bleek, The Young Guns, ask Jay himself about Kingdome Gone. Look man, Wayne is the best. And the crazy thing about it is all of you guys know it. Wayne has sold more albums than Jay. Wayne is like Bruce Lee, he has studies so many styles of Martial Arts that he has put those styles into one, the Ultimate style. Thats who Lil Wayne is, that is what he is the Ultimate Rapper. Yall so fake!!!!!!!!!!! Get off Jay balls, Ya Hear Me!!!!!!!!!

    • Uptown

      It always takes someone from out N.Y. to throw salt, Wayne is CRAZY nice but he could not top Jay, not at THIS point in his career. It’s like hov said, a few years down the line he could very well be the best rapper alive but aint now. All you down south mufuckas give Wayne props, give this nigga props, why dont ya niggaz go back to the essense what about ANDRE 3000?? that nigga could rap circles around most mc’s from ANY coast, continent, etc. Kast, Face mob, Cunnilynguists, them some real downj south rap, fuck tha bullshit. ROC BOYS I the building tonight, dont hate it my dudes. so what about Jim jones you must love that nigga cuz he does everything southern EXCEPT rep there, he such a down south dick rider its sad, but i still like his music, Hov dont bite nobody cuz he is the originator, not Jaz-O’s ass, do ya history my brothers and sisters. Call up KRS and get a Temple of Hip hop intern if need be

  • CAMUFUNNY

    YA NIGGAZ IZ CRAZY IF U COMPARE WEEZY F KISSY BABY N JIGGA IN DA SAME LEVEL
    WAYNE WILL MURDA HIM SLOW U DONT EVEN NO
    GOTCHA GAY Z IS OLD AN RAP LIKE HE GOT A DICK UP HIS MOUTH WAYNE WILL MURDA HIM WAYNE DON EVEN TRY 50 WILL MURK JAY GAY Z SUK BALLZ DAT NIGGA IZ A 2 OUTTA 10 ARTIST WEEZY IS A 9 FITTY A 9.5
    DEN WE GOT PAC 10

    • REESE

      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      LOL

      IT’S NO WONDER TO ME WHY YOU THINK JAY-Z IS WACK!

      YOU’RE AN IDIOT!!!!

      • Gangsta2theCore

        Yo, lol that was the worst rap ive ever heard camfunny, but for real lil wayne is the hottest nigga doin it right now and he is still really young like in his mid 20′s. He is on a other peoples shit because he makes it hard and if he could only keep his songs from being leaked his cd sales would be up with Hov and honestly Wayne is the mixtape legend soon to take Hovs place when he matures

  • frederick jayzee2g

    thank sssssssssssss.

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  • Daytons#1DraftPick

    I like wat he said about wayne. some of the shit wayne says dont make sense 4real. Its wen this jay-z comes out that makes me wana go cop every album over!

  • Keyser Soze

    Jigga is THE Nigga! Period! Alot of fans of Gangsta Rap just dont know, Jay was the hardest Nigga in the streets of any rapper! I cant wait for American Gangster.

  • Snaps

    2 all of the rest of ya’ll taking shots at Jigga/ U onlyget half a bar….FUCK ya’ll nigggaz

  • Snaps

    Weezy out of his own mouth called..(new sentence) Jay the best rapper alive…nobody called weezy the best rapper of nothin..he does spit but kill it!! he’ll never be mentioned in the same sentence as…(new sentence) “Jay”.

    I bet he STILL spendin $$$ from 88..

  • mega_tron_201

    Jay-Z has classic albums, classic songs, classic verses…..he has lasted the longest consistantly dropping hot albums(LL cool J has also been around droppin albums but hasnt dropped real good music compared to Jay-z)compared to anyone who’s out right now. What he’s done in the game and is still doing will be hard to duplicate by anyone……comparing him to LiL Wayne is just real dumb imo.
    Can someone name at least
    3 classic LiL Wayne albums?
    3 classic LiL Wayne songs?
    3 classic LiL Wayne verses?
    cmon man, do your research, know your hip hop history…

    Jay-Z IS the greatest rapper alive, not Nas, not Rakim, not LL Cool J, not LiL Wayne!!>=D

    • o.g.

      it might be strange to admit, but em is better than jay man…and he fits all your criteria as far as classics…jay says a lot of bullshit in between his stuff, and stops short on topics and passes it off as “swagger/bragging” em is focused man–its takes a certain level of honesty and humility to go that deep…which is the same thing that made pac so great…focused on a topic and getting deep into it, hitting various perspectives etc…–jay is way to cocky and shady for that–he prefers to manipulate younger people into thinking he can go deep, instead of actually doing it—jay is like that dude that has crazy hops and a wicked crossover thats always showing off to the little kids, but really has no real court game…only difference is the court game doesn’t exist in rap anymore cuz everyone is dead or has fallen off besides em…thats why everybody under a certain age worships jay and overbody over a certain age thinks he’s full of shit….its all about your point of reference cuz the game changed right when he came out…but em is a throwback man…he does it properly

  • Noname36

    Jigga,Hov,Iceberg Slim,Jay-Z,S.Carter what ever the name is I feel you player! Do me a favor and all the old time hustlers, when you come back at them, hit em hard! Dont give these suckers any breathing room!lET THEM KNOW WHY BIG ANNOITED YOU TAKE THE THRONE! AND KEEP LETTING THESE YOUNG CATS KNOW IT’S MORE TO BEING A HUSTLER THEN SELLING CRACK ON STREET CORNERS!I THOUGHT WE TOLD THEM IM A HUSTLER NOT A RAPPER!EVEN WITHOUT THE CRACK GAME WE STILL GET MONEY!KEEP HUSTLING!!! I WILL CATCH UP WITH YOU SOON, YOU KNOW THE GAME BIG MONEY NIGGAS ALWAYS AND EVENTUALLY BUMP HEADS!!!!!!!!!

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    Whoa

  • Sway-z

    I’m glad he ain’t dance around that Lil Wayne question and came straight with it. I been tryin to tell niggas caught up in the hype, Wayne is cool on that swagger shit, but he really don’t be sayin shit at all if you listen. Jay said it perfectly without disrespecting him, which was cool, cuz Wayne is good, but not great…

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  • allcityunseen

    good interview. we just need to see Jay -z bring some new people up to hot 97 station. a hour out of his day to put on new people. the new cats are not going to be as nice as the Jay-z, Nas, 50, Eminem. the kids they grew up on different artists . the golden eras was 84,88,94,97 . But i think this was a good interview . i see his angle now .

  • girlz luv me

    yall niggas cant b serious about putting 50 or even wayne in thus dudes catagory..when u talking bout hov u can mention b.i.g., pac, nas, rah, wu but thats about it..dead ass!!

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    look its simple when a Jay album comes out, I feel like rhyming again. and since NOBODY is getting me, that says a lot…lol

    Now Listen to My Shit!!!

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  • soy_yo

    Slim Shady > Jay-z
    We know, he knows. He said he would be the only one he’d go up against…to obviously get killed. Em’ll tear him up spittin’, rappin’, sellin’…and he is humble. Jay way too cocky and he really knows who is who. Em doesn’t need to be saying he gon’ retire, he just does it for a while and comes back and rips it. It is just too hard to say Em the gratest because he’s low-profiled. But you all know he is. And dont get it wrong, Im latino.

    • Eddie2k07

      em was the best one time, but like most rappers once they make it they run out of content or simply fall off, oh except Jay-z thats what makes him the greatest of all time. Did you hear Em on touchdown on T.I.’s album, garbage em fell off he cant rap no more hes not motivated. Jay-z never fell off, the idiots of today cant comprehend Jay-z you rather listen to ringtone rappers, then real rappers. Wayne makes you say wow, and ohh the way he delivers raps..but if you say them enough your like, he did really say nothing meaningfull, or deep or complicated, dead presidents listen to that and compare it, study it. Hollywood, what other rapper can even be in the mix to talk bout hollywood really? Jay-z the best

  • Haven

    Jay-z is a well crafted artist and I’m pretty sure that any of his true fans feel all of his music no matter what directions he’s going in..at least I am..he is the greatest of all time…any generation can look back and listen to any of his music and be like that song relates to me or what going on in my neighborhood thats not only talent but skill..he is a lyrical gift..when he does truly retire we all will know because he will no longer bless any other artists track let alone his own

  • big dick cheney

    Jay-Z not as smart as I thought he was. I mean he not dumb but he definately ain’t a genius like ppl make him out to be.

    • SMOKE

      ONLY A DUMB NIGGA WOULD MAKE A COMMENT LIKE THAT…THE NIGGA CAME FROM THE PROJECTS, NO FATHER,NO COLLEGE. HE CAME FROM HUSTLIN CORN TO BEST RAPPER EVER AND NOW HIP HOP MOGUL WITHOUT EVER SELLIN OUT. BOTTOM LINE, JIGGA HAS DONE MORE FOR HIP HOP THAN ANY RAPPER EVER…I GET IT THOUGH, REAL ONLY FUCK WIT DA REAL———-YOU NEED TO STICK SINGIN CHILDISH HOOKS AND PRACTICING YOUR DANCE MOVES…LEAVE THE HIP HOP 2 REAL NIGGAZ. -1

  • CAMUFUNNY

    mega_tron_201 says:

    Jay-Z has classic albums, classic songs, classic verses…..he has lasted the longest consistantly dropping hot albums(LL cool J has also been around droppin albums but hasnt dropped real good music compared to Jay-z)compared to anyone who’s out right now. What he’s done in the game and is still doing will be hard to duplicate by anyone……comparing him to LiL Wayne is just real dumb imo.
    Can someone name at least
    3 classic LiL Wayne albums?
    3 classic LiL Wayne songs?
    3 classic LiL Wayne verses?
    cmon man, do your research, know your hip hop history…

    Jay-Z IS the greatest rapper alive, not Nas, not Rakim, not LL Cool J, not LiL Wayne!!>=D

    Carter 1, Carter II, Carter III
    1. Da sky is da limit. 2.Hustler Musik. 3.LA lA lA nigga u fuckin stupid i can name mixtape songs dat are more classic then any gay z shit dont even let me start wit verses ima jus say one line “i have more jewls than ur jewler” Gay z is 45 lil wayne 25 in 10 years u cant say wayne and gay z in da same sentence cuz gay gonna get smashed by wayne

    fukin gay z dickriders man Tupac murcked dat nigga man its ova hova

    Aye REESE calm down nigga im statin facts
    nigga aks about me aks yo moms

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  • Moameklin

    jay-z= biggest lips alive

  • http://NONE jlcock

    Jay is a genius

  • Don-Charles

    Best rapper alive!

  • http://yahoo neka

    man my baby jay-z don did it again he so true with his words like i mean wat more can i say hova is back i love that men
    it was a grandclosing now he oen 2 do his thing once agin its the roc 4 life

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  • Liquid leviticus

    I can bet on that, American Ganster is gonna be the hardest album in history of hip hop…

  • JAYSTONE

    @soy_yo
    you dumbass ,when was the last time eminem drop a hot albulm let alone a hot verse.the reason while eminem sold like that is because he is white.how can his last sandwitch albulm sold like that when people like ghostface killa,pharoe monarch,style p,common,mos def etc all make better albulms and flop and are better than him

    • o.g.

      umm…have you heard renegade bruh? what do you have to say about that?

    • south is bout it

      em had one album that wasnt that good, but the three that were good crushes any of that gay shit you just named, as far as the last time he dropped a hot verse, check out “no apologies” off the re-up album.

  • YUNG CEO

    “But do I think me and Lil Wayne should be in the same sentence? Me? No. I mean, hopefully one day. He has to accumulate work. Put some classics under his belt.”

    wAYNE AINT READY 4 HOV . DIS NIGGA JAY IZ A LEGEND IN DA GAME, JAY BEEN HOT HIS WHOLE CAREER Wayne jus got hot 2 years ago

  • Nathalie Destiny

    Da best dat eva lived! HOV needs an American Gangstress {who lived da hard knock life just like he did} in order 2 c MANIFEST DESTINY …only a few will understand this revelation! Peace Out

  • J smitrty

    Wayan has three classics block is hot, cater 1 & 2,…..the block is hot….weezy went plat wit out cursin, and he was 16, the carter 1 everyone left him and he saved cashmoney, carter 2 no features no big producers wat more can I say thats three platinum classics for ya…I think wat jay meant is that he needs more then 3 classics to compete with him.

    but on a serious note do you think niggas iz gonna forget wayne 10 years from now? 1 reason y wayne gonna be great… because he was part of two runs…. let me explain a run is something every great rapper has to have to be great, its when you dominate the game for a year or longer.

    weezy was part of two runs the cashmoney run and his own( you have to admit he on every one tongue and winning all the people choice adwards)

    Oh in the hotboys are already in the hip hop hall of fame, so weezy already marked down

    a example of a run for u dumb motherfuckas is biggie and bad boy Jay-z,ll cool krs, even 50 cent I hate to admit it, Dmx, Ja rule( /I hat his guts but he was all over the radio and ya niggas know it)

    so quit hatin on weezy like he aint a hall-er-famer. he’s not the best alive but he dominating music

    just keepin it real

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  • Cuban Link

    >>Then again, a year after Jay’s last album, Kingdom Come, was widely panned as “adult contemporary” hip-hop,

    It was widely panned as “really shitty” hip hop too.

  • Cuban Link

    but damn I cannot wait till Novemeber now AMERICAN GANGSTER.

    The album Im most geared up to see and the 2nd most movie Im geared up to see (first is still the Will Smith shit I Am Legend or whatver, ud be too if u saw them filming that mother fucker here in NYC) are dropping the same month? Novembers gonna be ill

  • capostatus

    This Nigga Jay-Z is way too overrated. Like the latino guy above said Eminem is a better lyricist than him and also has a better flow. I really don’t know why you people are on his dick like a bunch of little bitches. Nas murdered him years ago and yet people like KRS1 come out and call him the best lyricist of all time. Nigga only has 2 classic albums, same as Nas, DR DRE and Eminem. Why do black people think this dumb nigga is all that. He’s not the best and yet he puts out garbage and gets the cover of xxl for his next album. The people that support this phony are the ones that are just as stupid as he is. Typical black people who think they its cool to be arrogant and yet in reality lack confidence as a whole due to years of hardship and poverty. Fuck Jay-Z.

    • jlcock

      capostatus you suck.j

    • http://xxlmag.com hater slayer

      at capostatus..
      when you don’t like someone have a reason for it don’t do it to be different,you sound like Hov man fucked you and didn’t pay you.. alot of US will never know Jay at a personal level but through music done so cleverly that you play that shit back and still means different things that you can relate to..shit Imo cop the album over and over again..100

      • capostatus

        I don’t respect Jay-z cause he a bitch. What more can i say. U saw that Dehaven shit. He don’t look out for his homies. He had everything to do with Joe Budden not releasing nothing on def jam since 2003 even though dude’s album went Gold and even won numerous awards. Do u want me to continue? That shit he pulled with R.Kelly, leaving Dipset behind when he did the Roc the Mic tour way back,fucking Nas’baby mums then boasting about it, throwing Jabs at LL. U need to do your research b4 posting your bullshit ass messages cause i know more about hip hop than your fake hater slaying dumb ass. Bitch ass nigga.

        • E From BK

          You need to get a life duke. You don’t know the science behind ANY of that shit. As a matter of fact, I can tell you are not a thinking person. I’m not going to sit here and explain things to you, especially when I was not a part of it, but please understand you are doing yourself a disservice throughout life if you approach your opinions of other people on that type of shit. I feel sorry for you, but then again, you are probably only 10.

  • E From BK

    I can’t believe how so many of you all think Eminem is one of the best emcees. How silly can you be? There are so many emcees that are better, of course Jay being one of them. So, you think Em is better than Termanolgy? You think he is better than OC? You think he is better than Nas? You think he is better than KRS? I can go on for days. Let us be honest. Eminem enjoyed the success he has had because he is White. Truth be told, JoJo Pelligrino is nicer than him.

  • Dubb Da God…

    He Is the Greatest…Period….This Dude Is smarter then all the Rest American Gangster…November 6th, 2007

  • capostatus

    wait, what am i saying? jay-z is the shit! don’t mind me i’m just jealous cuz he’s got beyonce. i listen to jay-z everyday day. the ROC lives!

  • DEE

    ^^^^^CAN YOU REPEAT THAT! JAY Z AND HIS PSEUDO-INTELLIGENT ACT IS WAYYYYYYYYY OVERRATED! AND IT ALWAYS AMAZES ME HOW GROWN ASS BROKE ASS MEN SWING ON HIS BALLS LIVING VICARIOUSLY THROUGH HIS BRAGGADOCIOUS LYRICS! SUCH CLOWNS!

  • http://nowebsite jlcock

    capostatus FUCK YOU YOU BITCH ASS PUSSY! GET YOUR FUCKIN FACTS STRAIGHT. I DONT KNOW WHAT YOU CALL CLASSIC BUT THIS NIGGA HAS MORE THAN TWO FUCKING CLASSICS AND HE HAS WENT AT LEAST PLATINUM ON EVERY ALBUM YOU IDIOT. NAS, EMINEM NO ONE CAN TOUCH HIM. SO TAKE YOUR YOUR PUSSY AS SOME WHERE AND GET YOUR FACYS RIGHT LAME PUSSY. JAY-Z THE GOAT…BITCH!

  • KINGOFJA

    Damn the hatin strong in this capussy bitch, anyway, weezy rizin right now but he not there yet…give the kid some time to put out some albums and quit gassin him up on freestyles and features.

  • http://NONE jlcock

    capostatus FUCK YOU YOU STUPID DICK SUCKING BITCH NEGRO! JAY-Z = GOAT 4 EVER! DEAL WITH IT!

  • http://NOWEBSITE jlcock

    capostatus FUCK OFF BITCH

  • J King

    Man before I read this shit I wanted to just cuss Jay lol. But the dude basically took all the words out my mouth. His last album (sure it was a transition from gangster to a more censored and mature Jay) seemed to be an “Electrik Circus” album to me (like wtf is this). His transition was either too much or it went in the wrong way. “Kingdom Come” sounded like it was two steps from being a pop album aside from a few track (y’all know what they are). Anyways, I hope this album shows the new Jay and not Reasonable Doubt Jay. You ain’t the hustler you was before Hova. You ain’t sellin keys you sellin CDs and you owner of the hip hop empire. This is the transition which Im hoping for. I ain’t like Blue Magic that much so hopefully dude have some better shit. I swear if this album turns out like the last on, Hov just pulled a Jordan and ruined his career. Cept at least the first time Jordan came back he killed it. Then he ruined his career with Wizards. You would have just ruined your career just coming back period. Since Black Album I think my favorite joint been “Dear Summer” (sighh).

  • http://notbadforanexslave.com Ex-Slave

    Kingdom Come was not misunderstood. It was just not good music. It was very poor. What’s next? Souljah Boy is misunderstood?

    • Fire

      Finally, someone who understands that Kingdom Come wasn’t over the heads of most listeners. I don’t care that he claimed to get lyrically “sophisticated”, because I’m not one of those people who likes formulaic, unimaginative music. In fact, lyrical ability is what I like. Kingdom Come just wasn’t good musically or lyrically, and that’s coming from a HUGE Jay Z fan. He can tell himself it was over listeners’ heads, but it just wasn’t good.

  • GTFOH

    lol at the wigger who thinks eminem is better than jay, eminem is one wack dude and he’s voice is irritating as fuck your great white hope is garbage

  • YounG.Sk3Et.Boi.B

    HOLLA! We finally get the “EnCoRe” we all been waitin for. He really spoke on that WaYnE shit. WaYnE hot… but Jay got the accolades to be the best RaPPeR alive. He put in the work. That’s ReaL RaP! The ReaL Is BaCk!

  • Czar

    when dors this hit newsstands?im coppin this shit! GOAT

  • trinahuston

    first of all capostatus you sound like you got a real big stick up your ass.NOBODY REALLY GIVES A F**K ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK.Jay Z is just that fucking man wether you realize it or not, or maybe your brain is too small to soak it all in.Anywhere he goes he makes a statement just by his presence, why?because its not just his music but there is also an ora about him that stands out and seperates him from the rest because he’s real and he’s honest.He sold out the garden ,why?because nomatter what people love jay and i dont have to know him ,real recognizes real.And he did it without R.kelly he didn’t even need him and people still came,that should tell you something.You didn’t see people come out and protest in kelly’s behalf when that whole situation went down because to be truthfully honest noone was there to really see him in the first place.And as far as dehaven is concerned i live in marcy and he aint sayin shit or doin shit,he just mad because he cant take advantage anymore, he sounds like a little kid that cant have his way and who problem is that,he has to find his own way and stop tryna use reverse psycology on people because he was given alot and he blew it on what he wanted thats his problem.You dont even know whats goin down and you talking reckless.Your not hiphop stop playin yourself.As for me i love Jay,and as far as i can see Marcy gone always love Jay.Aint no stoppin it, as long as jay real fans stick by him he gone always go platnum.MARCY LOVES YOU JAY.

  • Sobechi Ibekwe

    Lil Wayne can not be the best rapper alive based off of mixtapes, cause thats all we have heard since 2005. Jay-Z is that dude, from beginning to end, “just go through my raps”.

  • Real Recognize Real

    Lil Wayne’s new ghost freestyler don’t want it with Hov in his prime nor Hov now…..point blank

  • Grownmanjr

    Listen People what Jay is saying Wayne hasn’t put out classics, like Big Pimpin, which that single had response like no other worldwide Wayne has yet to do that! But no I mind you Wayne has his share of hits not classics you can’t compare the two, but Jay has now over 10 Albums of work! Wayne has 5, no comparison but but people compare why we don’t know now Jay gave credit to Wayne and has gave a spotlight on his upcoming album which is called Hello Brooklyn 2.0 featuring Lil Wayne, so apparently the two have talked or worked out their differences or the miscommunication from one another so the song should be a “Classic”

  • gammaRAY_GREENE

    “Lil Wayne’s new ghost freestyler don’t want it with Hov in his prime nor Hov now…..point blank” Real Recognize Real

    True story.

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  • barron williams

    jigga made hustlin an art, hip-hop needs him…instead of these new rappers throwin stones at the throne, niggaz need get to get like the nigga in the throne…….keep it timeless BIG JAY 1

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  • Weezy.Jr

    I find it very sad how Jay sits and exalts himself above everybody. Me, Me, Me. So what if we compare you to lil wayne. what is more human than a healthy competition. How about encouragin g young cats to put energy into rapping.

    Jay went into “retirement” for 3 years and came up with prolly a 13-tract album, which he himself admits was terrible… he is doing that again with this new one. He is riding the coat tail of the movie, but we wears suits and stands over 6 feet so we find him more charismatic and accept whatever he says.

    Lil Wayne has put out close to 87 mixtapes in the past 2 years… it aint even about lil wayne.. its about encouraging new cats to practise more. Bow Wow would be the best rapper today if he had the work ethics of wayne cuz he started around 6. he got in very young and should be smart at learning from the best.

    Yeah so wayne dont spit the same substance as Jay but be honest to yourselves, why do we mention wayne whenever we mention Jay? why not three six mafia, david banner, gucci maine? why not these guys? because we all see wayne as the next Jay.. and i am very excited that HipHop lives through him. HipHop isnt always about sales or how many classics u got,,, it is about who keeps us talking about hiphop. Black people used to stand on the block and just argue about who was hot and reflect on some great moments. This Wayne cat stop putting a lotta song on the net like he used to and now look? the bangers section of this website is dead. why? we need him.. lets not kill him by making someone dictate who we should listen to. we did the same to canibus and now real rap will never be the same. we chose LL ( the good looking, presentable-corporate face) over what rap is really about..not beats, but delivery and lyrics.

    Lil Wayne is really good at that… He rhymes better than Jay in anyday.. eminem is the only one who is prolly better at rhyming with ordinary words we alll use but wayne has shown a promising talent.

    jay can never have half the guys talent. no one can put out all these material in such volume..

    3 years, kingdom come….. we can pick about 15 wayne songs in the past few weeks, i means in just a matter of weeks that are way better than kingdome come…

    All we gotta say is ” We appreciate you wayne” we dont have to force any crowns on him. Lets just revere him work ethics

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  • Goon74

    Wayne is tight as hell,but you could never compare him 2 Hov. You can’t be serious. Wayne is for the youngsters. Jig got that grown-man hip-hop. Lyrically Cassidy would be more of a comparison to Wayne. Em is nice too.

  • inquisitor

    who is the maker of those damn sunglasses???

  • phuckweezy

    To the dude that said that Wayne’s sold more records than Jay…state your references bitch cuz that’s a lie. Weezy ain’t phuckin’ with Jay. Carter 1 and 2 classics? Bitch you crazy. Jay is the best rapper alive. Period.

  • http://kellsfetish.com Lo-Doe

    Best rapper ever!
    Jay-Z

  • Redstallyun

    LOL! Bottomline- the rest of these rap cats need to step they game up and quit bitchin. When they get where Jay is, maybe they’ll shut the fuck up and quit whinin. Mufuckas be HATIN on this nigga like he didn’t have to do shit to get in this game. I mean DAMN! Joe Budden?? Um, who cares about him? Jay is still relevant- dont’ know how, but his name STAYS in the mouth- Joe Budden? All I can remember about him is the video with some T.V. fuzz- I don’t even remember the name of the song! Jay know what he doin…everybody can keep hatin, that nigga ain’t studyin none of us, and is probably cashin a check right now.

  • Greums Da Funky Heterosapien

    B R Alive
    Fuckin’ dude !
    dope shit also
    American G
    6 nov
    Hov is back !
    king jay
    boss hova
    shyeah !
    Roc 4 fame
    Roc 4 Live
    Rap 4 ever

  • Shuga

    Exactly, i agree also with your earlier response, Em’s better than Jay. He was able to push envelopes, spark relevant discussions* he gave all these rappers the kind of cross over influence they now boast to have*. Its sad and dissapointing to hear some say that the only reason he made it was because of skin colour* reflect on your own achievements for a minute* Jay is not as smart/great as some make him out to be hes a mere mortal, and he fumbled, moved his eyes off the ball, so now hes tryin to redeem himself. Mohamed Ali= legend, Nelson Mandela= legend. I reference these two men cause their past speaks for itself they dont constantly keep reminding us how great they are instead are role models who want people to suceed like they did, they dont try to steal peoples shine.

  • SskANTANA BLOCC COMPvkTON CRIPvk

    how da fucc iz this old fart gone say any thing bout lil wayne his 1st album sold a million jay-z 1st album didnt sell that till 2000 n something

  • Pinto from South Africa

    Jay-Z is brilliant.

  • billyjr

    i fink jay z is da bolox he knows wot he chats bout n he always honest with his music he a true king!

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  • Brian a.k.a. Dangerous Science

    Let’s see here…we got Lil Wayne, The Best Rapper Alive, and we got Jay-Z, The Best Rapper Alive…GASP!!! Wait a minute, how can there be two Best Rappers Alive?? Oh yeah, there CAN’T be two of them, because Jay-Z is G.O.A.T.!!! (Sorry LL) Jigga has been consistent pretty much his whole career. He is pretty much close to Elvis with Number 1 albums. Lil Wayne is the Self Proclaimed Best Rapper Alive, but have no catalog to back himself up compared to Jay. Jigga’s catalog is proof in the pudding. Jay-Z retired, came back with the “45″, and “shot” down the critics. HE’S THE BEST! What you want him to do, he’s sorry!

  • Mac

    i would love to be in that movie just give me a chane to show you that i could do it

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  • bou

    LAST!!!!

  • green doggg

    jay-z did it again !!! good job. but i’m not down with what he does to his artists.he drops album after album,but where’s my man tru life ? he was supposed to drop this summer . And can’t wait to hear something from uncle murda.it’s the roc!!!

  • tHE tRUTH

    THE CARTER WAS NOT A CLASSIC!!!! bUT THAT CARTER II WAS FIYYYYYYYYYYYYYA!!

  • King Of Cleveland

    Mouthfuckas nobody betta than hov nigga dis nigga spit hat on every album dropped. you could put dis nigga on any artist song and it’s gon sale fuck haters hov’s da fuckin greastest.

    Jay-Z=God MC=Best To Ever Do This Shit

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    HOV, FUCK WIT ME NIGGA!!! U DA BEST

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