Jay-Z: I’ll Still Kill (Part II)

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.

[NOTE: THE FOLLOWING IS THE CONCLUSION OF XXL'S DECEMBER COVER STORY. CLICK HERE TO READ THE INTRO AND PART ONE]

When you look at the last project, you had an incredible marketing promotion campaign behind it. I guess—
I love when people talk about the marketing campaign of the last album. They talk about it as if I spent the money. I’ve been watching this for a year, like, what’s wrong with you? No one’s figured this out? I didn’t pay Budweiser. They paid me. They shot my video and put it on TV and paid me. They paid me to do that. I don’t pay HP. They paid me. I didn’t pay AT&T to run them clips. They paid me. Yeah, so when people go and talk about the marketing of the last album, I find it very funny. You think I put all that on TV? I paid for that? I didn’t pay for none of that. Budweiser paid me. HP paid me. AT&T paid me. All the things that ran, they paid me. I received money. I didn’t spend it. Def Jam was happy as shit. And then I didn’t shoot no more videos. I shot two videos, and I shut it down. I was the president. I shut it down, big man.

Ha! Are you staying at Def Jam, big man? Are you staying or going? What’s up? Or is this album a convenient distraction for you not to make that decision yet?
I’m giving myself some time. It’ll be hot out there for a minute, so—I don’t know. I love what I’m doing. I love the artists that I’m developing. I love the whole thing about it. Once again, I have to really look at it for the next three years and say, “Am I doing it for the right reasons?” ’Cause all I want to do is make history at this point. They got to pay me for making history, of course. But that’s my goal. I want to sit there with people really into making history. I mean everybody. I don’t mean just artists. The interns—if everybody’s not committed to making history every time I go into that meeting, and if I can’t look in their eyes and I don’t see the fire, then I gotta move on. ’Cause, you know, I don’t have time. I don’t have the luxury of time to just blow off three years. I do, but I don’t. But I’m not looking to have a job. That’s not hot! If there was a place or a new situation where it was exciting and, you know, it was about making history and doing something so epic, then I’d do that. I’m not just gonna go to Columbia and just sit down and collect a check.

Speaking of big checks, word on the street is Jim Jones just inked himself a nice situation at Sony. Would that have any effect of deterring you from going over there?
First of all, I don’t look at none of that shit as real. If it’s a real thing, then it’s a real thing. Then it’s nothing to talk about in the magazine. There’s nothing to talk about on radio. Go get your crew, go sit on some mattresses, and we gotta finish this thing until it’s over. ’Cause I’m not walking around the street, chilling, and eating at Cipriani’s outside if we got a problem. I’m not doing that. That’s stupid. I’m just going to wait for you to catch me off balance? Like, they ain’t no problem to me. And as far as business, I never been like that. Juelz Santana is on Def Jam. I try to do anything to try to make the guy comfortable. My name is on every single paper in that building. That’s how we work… It’s all good with me. I don’t give a shit. What I care? I hope he gets a ton of money. Then the next lil’ guy is going to take shots at him. I love that. I hope he makes a ton of money.

Speaking of taking shots, there’s a certain veteran Def Jam artist who continues to blame you for his recent sales problems. Are you surprised at what LL’s been saying?
Yeah, I’m definitely surprised. ’Cause, you know, like, I got a lot respect for him. He’s a legend in the game, and you can’t market LL. You’re LL. That’s it. Nobody really wants to look at themselves. He’s had a long, long career. Sometimes it works, sometimes it don’t work. Sometimes the stars line up and magic is in the right place. Sometimes it ain’t. Who can I blame about my last album going two million? L.A., you piece of shit! [Laughs] That’s just how it goes. You can market to death. The people ultimately decide. And the people are not saying that was a great album they missed. Are the people saying that? Let’s be honest with each other. Are the people saying, “That’s a great album we missed”? No one is saying that.

How is your relationship with L.A.? People are fascinated about that, too. Like, when he hired Jermaine Dupri, did that mean he was trying to protect himself in case Jay leaves?
We absolutely tried to get Jermaine when I first got there. I was like: “Jermaine, we can do co-president—I don’t have no ego with that. Whatever you want to do.” I don’t know what led to his decision to go to Virgin, but me and L.A. absolutely sat in the office with Jermaine trying to convince him to come over from day one, when I first got there. I think the more talented people you have there, the better. And for protection, it’s a great thing. It’s a smart move as well. I don’t see anything wrong with that.

Some of your old hustler buddies have been poppin’ up lately, saying you did them wrong. Especially a guy named DeHaven. You address him on American Gangster, on the song “No Hook.”
Right, I pulled up some things.

Did you feel like you needed to address that, or was it naturally something that just came out of you?
Yeah, it’s just me. Like, when I’m recording, the things that come out, I don’t deny them. I just let it happen, and let the chips fall where they may. I don’t ever feel the need to do anything I don’t want to do for the sake of, Hov better say something or Hov better-—I’m not under that pressure, because I know who I am so much. That’s it. It was quick, too. End of the story. “I followed the code, I cracked the safe/Other niggas ain’t in the game, so they practice hate.” You ain’t in the game, so you practice hate.

Is that also directed toward Calvin Klein, who also spoke ill of you?
Nah. I know Calvin through a friend of a friend. Like, it wasn’t like we was—that was it. So we really have nothing to talk about. It was shocking, I guess, but that was about it.

You usually try to keep your personal life private. But you put a whole verse about Beyoncé on “Party Life.” Do you feel like that’s going to satisfy the gossip hounds?
I didn’t say that verse was about her. But it sounds hot. [Laughs] The only reason I don’t deal with that aspect of my life is because I think people are only interested in it three times: when you get together, when you break up, and when you have a baby. Other than that, people don’t give a shit. They don’t have good intentions. People just want to manipulate the situation to benefit them. I think relationships are broken up because of the media. That’s a difficult thing when you live it out through the media. They’ll take something—you know, like, you sign Rihanna—and then everybody is like, “’Cause she’s a girl artist, put them together. He slept with her! It’s a great story! Let’s run with it.” But you don’t realize there’s people involved there. Like, you know, how about if it ain’t true?! Right? So you got to be private with your shit. And you got to be strong in your relationship to know each other.

But it seems like you guys have overcome all that by now, right?
Overcome what?

The scrutiny and being together and like—
Oh yeah, that’s ’cause we don’t deal with it. If we woulda dealt with it, like, on magazine covers together and shit like that…

[Laughs] I wouldn’t try to get that one.
[Laughs] I’m not saying you, man. But you may be the only one! But everybody else…

Unless B starts rapping, I can’t really justify—
Yeah, exactly.

She gotta put a 16 together.
[Laughs] That’s going too far, man! She got to do at least one verse! But the more you get into it, then the more it comes back on you.

Alright, we’ll switch gears. What’d you make of the whole Dipset drama this year between Jim and Cam?
I said it in one of those records on the R. Kelly album: “You know your friends when they don’t need you no more.” Y’all see if y’all really like each other. When people don’t need you, you never know. ’Cause if they need you, they’re going to be quiet about the situation. [Whispers] “I hate this nigga! This nigga wear pink one more time…” It’s like, okay, now let’s see if you can deal with success. That’s just how life is.

I think because you obviously repaired your relationship with Nas, people wonder if you’d do the same in this case.
The marketing plan they came up with was: This guy did this to Dame. They didn’t have no problem with me. I ain’t do nothing but great things for them. Everything that they do is based on us. Their work ethic is based on watching us being in there. Cam’s biggest album was based on us. We put those records on there. Those are Just Blaze records. I ain’t never do nothing to them. Nothing bad. Great things. Made them money. Everybody made money with me. That’s the thing. Look back at my history. Everybody made money with me. I’m Hyman Roth in The Godfather. “I made all my partners rich!” It’s true. Every single person.

  • loulou

    My Man that dude is the best Jay-z bout to kill em!

    • BKs PrepChic

      Yes, HOV man definetly speaks the truth, If alot of these “rappers” would just read some of the printed interviews they would understand the game alot better (Thats if they can comprehend).. HOV does it better than any other.. HANDS DOWN… im GETTIN that AMERICAN GANGSTER i have to hear what he has to say and the rest of YOU ALL should too… DIPSET, WHO?

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

    yawn…..more about “me me me”

    • ultrablack

      i cosign that!

    • what????

      its his interview!!!!! who is it supposed to be about???………niggas love to hate……. i dont get it

  • JAYSTONE

    jay z is back.go cop america gangster

  • preezy tha don

    hov is that nigga. yall need to stop hatin on the man that made hip-hop(or music in general) what it is today, period! kingdom come was an underground classic and these fuck niggaz gonna realize that in a couple years, it was just ahead of its time. american gangster-hovs 4th classic album is due to be FIRE!

    brooklyn is definitely in the building right now….drop some bombs on that

  • http://yahoo.com simondimes

    spoken like a genuine street nigga.theres always bigger fish to fry why even dignify the weak fuckless rappers in the game.jim jones went at jay so tough but he does tribute song for him.how real is that.wwf real.

  • mcphly

    Houston’s finest. Whats wrong with the article? The truth is something most cats do not appreciate. People would not hate if they actually read an article. XXL this article was nice. Dude sold 2million copies of KC and sponsors paid for videos plus commericials. True hustler! Oh yeah, cats saying Jay can not rap about drugs now…he changed the game with KC, but ignorant cats did not listen. On American Gangster, they are hating cause of him selling drugs (can we say concept album?). Articles like this are helpful to understand all situations and decisions.

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  • capostatus

    Fuck Jay-Z. Nas murdered him already. Ugly ass Camel nigga. Y’al a bunch of dick sucking bitches. Dipset all day.

    • Dirty South

      You’s a funny dude Capo, Dipset is trash

    • Y-D

      WOW…do we have another BITCH SET dick rider, let’s keep it real hov is the best face it, there’s nothing you can do…nobody over there on dipset touching as far as lyrics and metaphors go but other din that nov.6 it’s a rap kid, stay up mr.HOMOSTATUS…..LOL

    • la-vie

      so you think cam and jimmy looks better…i hope your a girl…smh

  • http://www.myspace.com/youngbroadway Bundles

    I like the last sentence…cause you can’t deny it!

  • outpost

    jayhova has spoken,amen!!!definately copping

  • Chocolate Rain

    Next time ask him if we will get that Jay-Bey album….

  • 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

    • Crossbow

      While just a small amount of what you said made sense, allow me to “blow holes in you weak niggas’ theories.” The reason why Wayne is mentioned when Jay is is because it’s well documented that when Wayne switched up his flow, he looked to Jay as the major influence, even going as far as publicly wanting to leave “Daddy’s” label and sign with the ROC.

      And while the amount of music he puts out is amazing, the quality of it suffers. You act as if every track he puts out is a classic, but a fair amount of that music is uninspired and undeveloped, not to mention some are just drunk off cough medicene rhyming rants (Tell me I’m lying)

      I can’t knock his skill or his grind, but, at this point, he doesn’t belong in the same sentence with Jay, Em, BIG, Pac, Face, Kane, or Rakim. Could the Carter III change that? Who knows, but don’t exalt what doesn’t deserve to be exalted, you’ll live a whole lot longer.

      P.S.- Last time I checked, Weezy only had one child, and that was a girl. Step your dick-riding game up, patna, you’ll live longer.

      • http://yahoo.com Knice

        what is it with you black males the things you take to heart. You have a community going to war when white men call you NIGGAS but then you guys say it to each other like it is your name. Rap is an overated form of slavery. You guys get money and lose all your power. Parking porshes and benzes in projects buying thousands of dollars of clothes biweekly recycling your money to the white man and want to bitch about who is real or not. This is ridiculous. Jay aint real he is an image, a negative image that ranks at its highest for the mutalation of our community and you want to glorify him because he’s got “dope beats, and a good flow”. The priority of black youth and most definitely black male youth is wacked.So in essence the only thing I can possibly thank these hypocritical rappers for is the continuous mass genicide of the once beautiful black race.

    • http://xxlmag.com ToneFelone

      Hov is the don. Wayne is nice at his age but his realtalk is buffoonery. He never said shit to make me feel like I should keep goin hard after a bad day. Make a couple of those songs and then we can chat. Kanye at Waynes pussycake on the flow too. (see BarryBonds)

    • REESE

      LOL

      PEOPLE IN HERE WANT TO TALK ABOUT JAY-Z TALKING ABOUT HIMSELF!

      WELL……MAYBE IT’S JUST ME…….BUT USUALLY WHEN SOMEONE ASK’S YOU TO DO AN INTERVIEW, IT’S USUALLY ABOUT YOURSELF!!

      AND PEOPLE ALWAYS WANT TO TALK ABOUT HOW MUCH MATERIAL WAYNE PUT’S OUT……..

      SO????????……..I MEAN, I LIKE WAYNE AND I THINK HE’S A GOOD ARTIST WITH POTENTIAL BUT………

      NAME 1 CLASSIC WAYNE ALBUM.

      NAME 1 CLASSIC WAYNE VERSE.

      NAME 1 CLASSIC WAYNE LINE.

      NAME 1 CLASSIC WAYNE TOUR.

      NAME 1 CLASSIC WAYNE SHOW.

      YOU CAN’T BECAUSE THEY ARE NON-EXISTANT!!

      IF YOU PUT OUT SOOOOO MUCH WORK YOU SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST 1 OF THOSE…….JUST 1!!

      I WANT QUALITY, NOT QUANTITY.

      JAY HAS NOTHING TO PROVE, HE’S DONE IT ALL.

      • N.O. Slim

        1. The Carter 1 and 2.
        2. Listen to Go DJ, I Got Army Guns , nigga, listen to that rack and talk to me about some fuckin GAY-Z.
        3. ” I shit so much money I need a Alchselzer sandwhich., You don;t knbow nothing bra.
        4. Wayne do shows everywhere. Niggas don’t want him on the bill, bra. Don’t you get it now. Artist will be mad at the nigga. You gotta come on behind him. You trippin dog. Use your common sense. Thats why he does shows by himself.
        4. BE, motherfuckin T. Shut it down.

        Jay-Z is a bitch. He acting like a girl. Women doing the shit hes doing. Ask DMX about that nigga. Dame Dash made Jay-Z, Dame dog. uswe ur mind.

        • http://www.clue.com cheeb

          N.O. Slim….fam…get real homie..get fuckin’ real!

          1. The Carter 1 and 2. <— The Carter 1 was primarily written by someone else…and its been proven and it STILL WAS NO WHERE NEAR A CLASSIC MAN…and the carter 2…was pretty decent…but not a fuckin’ classic..are you seriou?

          2. Listen to Go DJ, I Got Army Guns , nigga, listen to that rack and talk to me about some fuckin GAY-Z. <—”go dj…cuz dat mah dj….”…get the fuck outta here…also not written by him…thats actually one of the songs GDK wrote….i’m not even gonna hurt ya feelings with the multitudes of classic songs jay got…LMFAO! YOU SAID GO DJ WAS CLASSIC!

          3. ” I shit so much money I need a Alchselzer sandwhich., You don;t knbow nothing bra. – <—LMFAO…SO THAT’S A CLASSIC LINE…UM…OK! ACTUALLY…”OHHH…WHO DID IT…YES I FUCKIN’ DID IT…WEEZY F. IS IN YA BUILDIN’…I WILL STEP ON YA BUILDIN’ FROM THE STEPS OF MAH BUILDIN’ ..RAISE HELL …HELL’S RISEN..CALL ME YOUNG RAEKEWON..IM A CHEF IN HELL’S KITCHEN”…LMAO…AND I DON’T EVEN LIKE THIS NIGGA MUSIC LIKE THAT…

          4. Wayne do shows everywhere. Niggas don’t want him on the bill, bra. Don’t you get it now. Artist will be mad at the nigga. You gotta come on behind him. You trippin dog. Use your common sense. Thats why he does shows by himself. <—CLASSIC SHOWS? LIKE..NIGGAS ACTUALLY TALKIN’ BOUT THE SHOW HE GON’ DO IN CHICAGO BEING ADVERSTISED ON mIAMI RADIOS…THATS WHAT WOULD MAKE HIS SHOWS GOOD AND WORTHY…HE DON’T GET NO BUZZ FOR HIS SHOWS..NONE WHAT-SO-FUCKIN-EVER

          4. BE, motherfuckin T. Shut it down. <—-FAM…YOU FUCKN’ SAID B.E.T….B.E.T….B.E.T?????NO DAWG…MADISON SQUARE FUCKIN’ GARDEN …THAT’S CLASSIC HOE…

          MAH DUDE…IF THIS WAS YOUR REPRESENTATION OF “WEEZY THE CLASSIC LEGEND” YOU ARE FUCKIN’ CRAZY…NOT ONLY IS THIS NIGGA NOT THAT A CLASSIC PRODUCING DUDE…HE IS FUCKIN’ WACK..NO DAMN DIRECTION IN LINES LIKE THAT….HE MAY HAVE 500 SONGS…BUT ONLY 1% OF THAT SHIT IS WORTH LISTENING TO…(THAT’S 5 TRAX FOR THE UNEDUCATED)….QUALITY OVER QUANTITY ANY DAY NIGGA…LMAO…YOU A CLOWN…AND I’M PROBABLY YOUNGER THAN YOU!

        • Logan

          My Nigga, you is right. Nigga Im From LA and kats were buying tickets to Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt 10 year concert for some stacks. Lil Wayne Is sick, but Lil Wayne don’t rap bout shit. Com’mon now Go DJ as a classic…N.O. Slim is a fool for saying that. Jay said it tho, “Wayne has mad delivery,” and stupid niggas fall for delivery. Jay speaks the truth. It Might sound like wayne is spittin some truth but in reality, nigga not spittin shit.

    • pointgodkg

      are u serious weezy jr…….putting out alot of material doesnt make u any better…..yes, he did put out alot of material most of which is trash……..no talent ? are u crazy to talk about material….when jay z was a rapper he dropped more albums in 7 yrs than anybody in history………..kingdom is classic….as soon as ur lil ass turn 30 u’ll understand 30 is the new 20…but u cant relate now……and finally as jay said………y should i freeestyle…when i’m gettin paid to rap…..go cop american gangster…..hov in da building

    • ATOWNSTAYZDOWN

      I can tell you probably wish it was you in that bed wit big tigger instead of tyson beckford! All this lilwayne sack slurpin’ is just too much! Look Waynes a great artist! But he’s 87 mixtapes deep and he’s still no jay-z! and to put him in or over Nas is just showing that our school system sucks cause yall some stupid niggas! Wayne I’m not hatin but your just under cassidy right now! U on ya way Dee -jay! But you ain’t on Skinny’s level yet!

    • Jay~Everyday

      This shit is really starting to piss me off~wayne is never going to be on Jay’s level..ever……and he didnt admit that it was terrible~he said that is was too sophisticated and over all these lil niggas heads. and another thing~ all waynes songs sound tha same and he talks about tha same shit everytime he says raps so he cant be compared to Jay by no means. If album sales and classic abums dont matter, then why should puttin a bunch of bullshit mixtapes matter!? wtf~face it Jay-Z is, and will ALWAYS be tha illest nigga to ever do it so what LIL wayne needs to do is jus sit bacc and take muthafuckin notes……ROC

    • http://myspace.com/montymoneybagz INF

      Are you on drugs?

    • http://www.myspace.com/couptakeover Dezzy

      To Weezy Jr…

      U must be someone that just turned 21 or is younger than that. Wayne can’t rhyme with Jay… matter of fact, he can’t rhyme with a lot of niggaz (Nas, Luda, just to name a few and that’s just the rappers of today.) Wayne wouldn’t have been able to survive in the 90′s when everyone was nice. The only reason people say Wayne is nice is because all the other rappers that are “hot” right now don’t try to show lyrical ability at all. So, u compare him to what’s out today. But, in this history of hip-hop, Wayne isn’t even top 25. If he was so nice, he would have been that when he first came out. No one was screamin Wayne like that. Juve and BG were the shinin stars of Cash Money. When Wayne started to study Jay-Z, switched his flow to sound like Jay-Z, got on Dipset’s dick, and turned into a fake blood, and proclaimed to be the best rapper alive, ignorant minded people ate that shit up. Wayne is animated on the mic. He has a few good punchlines. If u put his rhymes on paper, he ain’t sayin nothin. To say he’s more lyrical than Jay is stupid and it proves just really just started listenin to rap.

  • Citason

    Hi there,

    I would like to see us comment on this:

    What will happen if we throw wayne and jay in a booth together…

    who is gonna run out of material.. who is more comfortable with different genre of beats?

    let the truth be told. Lets talk about TODAY not 1996

    • Esquire

      That’s where hip-hop has gone wrong. Wayne is amazing, granted. He’s been able to put out all this material, but it doesn’t validate him as being the best. One of the things that has made Jay the greatest is his selection. By him being picky about his production, # of singles, tours & etc. it has helped keep him relavent. Here’s some food for thought, Jay came out in 96′ right? He’s one of the few, really if not the only artist who always remains fresh, you never here people sittin there like I wish Jay would take a break and quit rapping. He keeps you wanting more. It’s funny how bloggers are quick to dis Jay in honor of their fav. artists(i.e. Wayne, T.I., etc.) But, it’s funny……. The same artists y’all defend are the ones who are openly aiming for his spot and trying to immulate his career from 96′ to the present.

  • Dirty South

    Now it’s time 4 some real music not hearing Jim Jones say ballin n every song or hear Cam say rooty tooty fresh and fruity.

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  • http://wmdeez.wordpress.com nation

    Jay… I need that Def Jam position

  • G.O.M.D.

    I HOPE HE BOUNCE BACK WIT THIS AMERICA GANGSTER.

  • Eastside Bread Maker

    Listen, I like Lil Wayne and appreciate his music just as much as his biggest fan, and the same can be said for Jay Z also. But we need to understand something. Jay is what every rapper wants to be. Ask any of them, and whoever says that they dont want to do what Jay has done is lying. Now i’ll give you that Wayne, right now is the nicest rapper out. PERIOD. But just like when michael jordan was still playing ball when Kobe and AI and the rest came into the league, they were faster, jumped higher and played better than him, but as long as Mike was there, they had to fall back. As you see, now that Mike is gone, Kobe has taken his rightful place as the best player in the league. But while mike was there, Kobe could cross mike up a million times and dunk on him three more times than that… He was still mike and it was still his league and there wasnt anything that anyone could do about it. Cuz kobe AI and all the others grew up wanting to be like mike. The same can be said for Wayne and Jay. Wayne will rightfully take his seat as the best. But as long as jay is still here… he has to fall back.

  • gamma

    That’s how you interview im gettin this issue next month fo sho that shit about LL was true ass fuck man camron stll my nigga fuck jenny jones.

  • http://www.soundclick.com/sdubb SDUB-google-me

    To be honest that interview sucked. Not because of Jay but the questions. I mean come on ask something interesting. For instance:

    Q. Why don’t you 50, Diddy, Russell and Oprah (since she wants to put a filter on hip-hop) create a distribution company? Isn’t that where the real money is at?

    Q. What do you think of what 50 did to the whole dipset movement? And in reality couldn’t we say that he really did make Jimmy the boss Juelz the Capo and Cam a soilder? (Divide and conqure at it’s best and how come you didn’t think of it genius. You have a track record of not beefing with street artist (Crack, The LOX, Jayo, ect.) elaborate for us. You are from Marcy PJ’s right?

    Q. If Dehaven hadn’t gone public do you think you two could have resolved your issues? And looking at it from his point of view how would you take your success? You guys were tight right and you should look out for you dude if you got the cake and he just came home from a bid and he broke. (No one would fall cause everyone would be each others crutches)

    Q. What really happend between you and Big Pun? And why is everyone including Fat Joe so quite about that incident?

    Q. Since we know this wouldn’t get out of control why not go at LL? It would be good for Hip-Hop. I mean after what he did to Canibus he deserves it (remember Karma, I listen to you nigga). Also you might just be surprised he not going to be a push over. (Cliff note: LL played himself when he started using Botox.)

    Q. What type of relationship do you and Foxy have now? And do you ever think you would do music with her again.

    Q. How did it come about that Wayne made that album on a song about BK? What do you think of his verse on that song and were you in the studio together with him?

    Q. Out of the whole state property (excluding Beans and Free) who do you see coming up to hold the regins for Philly?

    Q. Isn’t it a coincidence that your schedulded to do a concept album on a film inspired by Frank Lucas and Dame is doing a documentary on his advisary. It’s something very subliminal about it all. Dropping Same month, two hustlers, ect?

    Q. Last question cause I know your a busy man is that pussy of Beyonce’s as good as it looks and does she spit or swallow? I once heard that love sucks and true love swallows. Thanks for you time and when ever your done beating Rianna please give her my email address.

    Those are great questions. Yall shit was the same stuff I heard a month ago. I could pratically tell you what he’s going to say. Oh yeah Jay please stop saying that double and triple entrunde shit in every other interview. We know you a smart dude but saying it over and over makes you look (like a camel) very unintelligent. I’m playing with you Jay. I hope you bring it home or really retire cause we need someone to be the face of hip-hop no pun intended.

  • D2dbo

    Umm…some idiot compares Wayne to Jay and says Wayne is better…has more volumes of trash…oops i mean…”work”….PLEASE HUSH!!

    Just cos you have 99 songs doesnt mean they’re hot. The truth is a large percentage of wayne’s songs are garbage. Some of them are good and thats the reason we all believe he’s talented. He’s from the south…there are more people in the south…period. Thats why this garbage “best rapper alive” crap is being forced down our throats….please id rather gargle and puke…

    Wayne is good no one is telling him to stop…we’re just sad at the fact that you can compare someone who took his mentor’s flow to his mentor in the same sentence….Kingdom come? How about “Blueprint?” Reasonable Doubt?…you forgot those huh?

    You must be CRAZY telling me Wayne is better than Jay-Z…”so what he doesnt have substance”….wow …my bad i forgot rap wasnt supposed to have substance….idiots…rappers like saigon, budden, fabolous, stimuli, get slept on….then wayne gets exalted…cos he says “brain like she graduated from a good school ” (a Jay-Z influenced line)….when someone else said “killin the roof like Michael Vick”….

    Step yall game up …..Dynasty suckas! A.G. Nov. 6 get reaaady….

  • http://www.myspace.com/slashzilla jimbroski kanobi

    first bitchessssssssssssssssssss

  • Kodi Jacob

    My comment is in response to weezy.jr’s. 1st off i can appreciate his intelligence in expressing his point of view regarding comparisions to lil wayne & jay-z, but i would luv 2 know ur age – because i’m certain ur no older than 25! and if dats so & ur man enuff 2 admit dat then understand dat hov doesn’t spit 4 u or anyone in ur age bracket! I think hov has transcended into what i like 2 call an “acquired taste” because only a youngin would call an album with songs like “prelude”, “lost ones”, “30 something”, “trouble”, “minority report”, “do u wanna ride” & “i made it” terrible. People need to realize dat jay-z has grown & evolved as people in our day-to-day lives should aspire to do da same. Who works hard to remain da same? Life is elevation dawg, and although lil wayne has much potential he has NOT accomplished anything worthy enuff to suggest dat he’s better than hov. The fact dat he puts out numerous mixtapes is irrelevant if his albums doesnt match da quality of his fuckin mixtapes! r u serious?! and while lil wayne has grown since his “wobbly drop it like its hot” days, name a song where he’s challenged a listener 2 grow? his name is hot off of FEATURES not his own body of work. Featuring doesnt require giving an idea or direction on a track, ur just adding on 2 da finished product. He does dat well but wat about his own music? Personally i think he’s oversaturating himself & setting himself up 4 failure. there is NO artist in history who put out as much music in da short span of time & still made classic albums evn Pac managed 2 put out a dud or 2 in his career. Hip hop isn’t about who keeps us talkin either – shit, 50 does dat all day – it’s sharing stories dat REAL people who live dis everyday can relate 2 & expressing dat in a creative, articulate way & not tracing sumone else’s career path 2 do it. Perhaps sumone should tell lil wayne 2 try being da 1st HIM instaed of mimickin Hov – because HE even admits dat Jay-Z influenced his new found style. When did it become cool 4 daniel sun 2 disrespect Mr. Muyagi? Also Jay didnt take 3 years off stupid he was still releasing songs & features he even put out a mixtape! Give me a lil wayne feature dat was or is hotter than jay’s verse on da diamonds from sierra leone remix or da go crazy remix wit jeezy? Finally, i’m sick of these rappers blaming jay 4 they’re own mistakes – nigga just admit ur album was or is TRASH! Joe Budden, DMX, LL Cool J – all have in common dat their albums sucked – wat do u want 4 hov 2 write ur shit 4 u? damn!

  • JAYSTONE

    Lets talk. ppl say wayne is only 25 but when Jay made RD he was 26. He will never be able to make regrets,can I live,feelin it,d-evils,friend or foe. See those songs come from living that life, its the integrity that any rapper can’t just spit. Wayne will never be able to make those type songs because he didn’t live that. he would compromise himself. thats what made those classics because the emotion. Also the song cry’s and soon you’ll understands are songs that only experience has. Wayne don’t have that. He has good lyrics but i don’t FEEL his shit. You FEEL jay music. Wane never sold a ounce so you won’t feel his struggle. Also jay has 100′s of hits. Not no mixtape, rap over someone else beats flow. its like yall get amnesia and forget about vol 1 when he fucked the game up imaginary player and where im from and streets watchin, city is mine. Vol 2 with a week ago,its allright,ride tonight,paper chase. Vol 3 and on and on. And all the features he was on. Lil wayne get on any body song, even corny people and he rap the same flow. yes he is nice but you can’t be better then the person who want to be. The award song was copied off of untouchable and what more can I say. When ever he sit in the house and say he need to make deeper personal songs, who do you think he going to think of?? he will think of jay and his songs and try to go that route which means he will copy or have a similar sound. Which also mean it won’t be original and it will come out in his music. I think that carter 3 will be a good, hopefully a great album. but don’t compare him to Jay please.

    NASIR JONES
    -lyricism 5/5
    -amount of work 4/5
    -quality of work 5/5
    -classic material 5/5
    -story telling ability 5/5
    -topics covered 5/5
    -impact,influence 5/5

    TUPAC
    -lyricism 4/5
    -quality of work 5/5
    -classic material 5/5
    -story telling ability 5/5
    -topics covered 5/5
    -impact,influence 5/5

    NOTORIOUS B.I.G
    -lyricism 5/5
    -quality of work 5/5
    -classic material 5/5
    -story telling ability 5/5
    -topics covered 4/5
    -impact,influence 5/5

    SCORE
    —————
    NAS 34/35

    TUPAC 29/30(amount of work catgory removed due to death)

    BIGGIE 29/30 (amount of work category removed due to death)

    JADAKISS
    -lyricism 4.5/5
    -amount of work 4/5
    -quality of work 3.5/5
    -classic material 3.5/5
    -story telling ability 4/5
    -topics covered 3.5/5
    -impact,influence 3/5

    CASSIDY
    -lyricism 4.5/5
    -amount of work 2/5
    -quality of work 4/5
    -classic material 3/5
    -story telling ability 4/5
    -topics covered 2.5/5
    -impact,influence 4.5/5

    BEANIE SIGEL
    -lyricism 5/5
    -amount of work 4/5
    -quality of work 4/5
    -classic material 4.5/5
    -story telling ability 5/5
    -topics covered 4/5
    -impact,influence 3/5

    SCORE
    —————–
    JA DAKISS 27/35

    CASSIDY 25.5/35

    BEANIE SIGEL 29.5/35

    SCORE CARDZ
    compare (score out of 5)

    JAY-Z
    -lyricism 5/5
    -amount of work 5/5
    -quality of work 5/5
    -classic material 5/5
    -story telling abilty 4/5
    -topics covered 3/5
    -impact,influence 5/5

    EMINEM
    -lyricism 5/5
    -amount of work 4/5
    -quality of work 4.5/5
    -classic material 5/5
    -story telling abilty 5/5
    -topics covered 4.5/5
    -impact,influence 5/5

    LIL WAYNE
    -lyricism 3.5/5
    -amount of work 5/5
    -quality of work 3.5/5
    -classic material 2/5
    -story telling abilty 3/5
    -topics covered 3.5/5
    -impact,influence 3.5/5

    TOTAL SCORE
    ——————
    JAY-Z=32 /35

    EMINEM=32.5/35

    LIL WAYNE=23.5/5

    (My own score says eminem wins in a photo finish, and i’m black btw)

    • REESE

      JAYSTONE I PRETTY MUCH CO-SIGN WITH YOUR STATS EXCEPT FOR THE LIL’ WAYNE CLASSIC MATERIAL STAT NUMBERS.

      LIL’ WAYNE CLASSIC MATERIAL 2/5?????

      HE HAS NO CLASSIC’S.

  • http://xxlmag.com King B

    HOVI BACK!!!

  • JAYSTONE

    jay will eat lil wayne alive.lil wayne should prove his worth by going at 50 cent

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  • Santana

    Lil Wayne??? Is that who I’m hearing some of you dickheads talk about like he’s nice??? How long has that lil prick been out???? I can at least date it back to 98. We in 2007 and he hasn’t accomplished a damn thing in hip hop. How long have some you cats been listening to rap??? Wayne is GARBAGE!!! Who is he better than?? I really hope no one answers my last question!

    • http://yahoo.com knice

      He better than you, thats for damn sure with your jealous broke ass HATER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Now wobble wobble punk!

  • D2

    Wow..umm…some idiot compares Wayne to Jay and says Wayne is better…has more volumes of trash…oops i mean…”work”….PLEASE HUSH!!

    Just cos you have 99 songs doesnt mean they’re hot. The truth is a large percentage of wayne’s songs are garbage. Some of them are good and thats the reason we all believe he’s talented. He’s from the south…there are more people in the south…period. Thats why this garbage “best rapper alive” crap is being forced down our throats….please id rather gargle and puke…

    Wayne is good no one is telling him to stop…we’re just sad at the fact that you can compare someone who took his mentor’s flow to his mentor in the same sentence….Kingdom come? How about “Blueprint?” Reasonable Doubt?…you forgot those huh?

    You must be CRAZY telling me Wayne is better than Jay-Z…”so what he doesnt have substance”….wow …my bad i forgot rap wasnt supposed to have substance….idiots…rappers like saigon, budden, fabolous, stimuli, get slept on….then wayne gets exalted…cos he says “brain like she graduated from a good school ” (a Jay-Z influenced line)….when someone else said “killin the roof like Michael Vick”….

    Step yall game up …..Dynasty suckas! A.G. Nov. 6 get reaaady….

  • HoodMayd

    jAYsTONE’

    i like the fact that u said ” He has good lyrics but i don’t FEEL his shit”

    The substance here is YOU. You dont feel him.

    and your grading system, no one deserves 5/5 in amount of work expect wayne.

    Your final result seemed reasonable because eminem is supa nice. I believe u approached this with a more cynical attitude. U had your picks, u made up the numbers. Let the truth be told, how many Big, Jay, Wayne, Em or even cassidy records did u listen to before grading.

    Let the conversation go on. Hiphop is alive. God Bless Us All

  • MaxPower

    haha look at a typical dipset fan comment:

    “Fuck Jay-Z. Nas murdered him already. Ugly ass Camel nigga. Y’al a bunch of dick sucking bitches. Dipset all day”
    cmon man i know u prolly like 15yo but still its no excuse…

    i aint no jigga stan or nothing but damn no one is carryin it like hov…cant wait to cop that album

    • Shuga

      No stan huh? Lol! Whos fooling who?

  • tez

    when did they mention lil wayne in this interview comment on that shit in the pt 1 section and of course hes gonna talk about him the interview is about HIM man its some stupid fuckers on this thing

  • hiphop

    jaystone, seriously this is a small but important point…tupac amount of wk category removed…? amount of wk should = 10/5

    therefore,
    tupac 39/35

  • Bank of BK

    Dope interview, cant wait for the issue
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  • hova84

    aight first off this was a jay-z interview so why r we talking about wayne and jay cause wayne is not at that level to even b mentioned wit jay. o yea i no why cause a lil wayne fan had to bring that up, if u dont feel jay why do u even read this article is not for u and u wouldnt understand, but dont come on dissing or hating on jay cause your making yourself look bad jay said it best on renegade do u listen to music or do u just skeem threw it, see what yall dont understand kindom come was a nice album but ever1 is so in to i have to b a gangsta or a hustler now days people forget that j did that shit allready and he raps about whats going on in his life he is a grown ass man thats in the corporate world now so how the fuck is he going to sound talking about flipping bricks n shit. yall would just hate then and say he aint really doin that but niether is wayne he is a nice rapper who swagger jack the icon the idol and the god mc. o yea to weezy dick rider i like wayne my self but can u actually listen all the way threw his albums? NO u cant he can spit but he cant make albums. and yall need to stop sleeping on cassidy cause he is the next big thing he can do it all

  • Hiphop SOUTH

    Stop hatin Jay is the GOAT bar none,” he made all his partners rich” what other rapper can say that.

  • rickybobby

    This argument is stupid bout Wayne v. Jay-Z…Jay-Z is Wayne real father when it comes to rappin [my DNA in your music..muthafucker u stupid?] he studied wit him in the studio and even explained on fuckin Dedication…Wayne is a monster but the only way he can ever be better than Jay is if he learn how to tell stories and stop fuckin wit them drugs so tough like he ain’t see B.G. strung the fuck out…but the realest shit Wayne ever said was that rap is a sport “ain’t somebody supposed to win” we gon see with the Carter 3 cause when he get them platinum numbers u can’t tell him nothin

  • YOUNG

    NASIR JONES
    -lyricism 5/5
    -amount of work 4/5
    -quality of work 5/5
    -classic material 5/5
    -story telling ability 5/5
    -topics covered 5/5
    -impact,influence 5/5

    TUPAC
    -lyricism 4/5
    -quality of work 5/5
    -classic material 5/5
    -story telling ability 5/5
    -topics covered 5/5
    -impact,influence 5/5

    NOTORIOUS B.I.G
    -lyricism 5/5
    -quality of work 5/5
    -classic material 5/5
    -story telling ability 5/5
    -topics covered 4/5
    -impact,influence 5/5

    SCORE
    —————
    NAS 34/35

    TUPAC 29/30(amount of work catgory removed due to death)

    BIGGIE 29/30 (amount of work category removed due to death)

    JADAKISS
    -lyricism 4.5/5
    -amount of work 4/5
    -quality of work 3.5/5
    -classic material 3.5/5
    -story telling ability 4/5
    -topics covered 3.5/5
    -impact,influence 3/5

    CASSIDY
    -lyricism 4.5/5
    -amount of work 2/5
    -quality of work 4/5
    -classic material 3/5
    -story telling ability 4/5
    -topics covered 2.5/5
    -impact,influence 4.5/5

    BEANIE SIGEL
    -lyricism 5/5
    -amount of work 4/5
    -quality of work 4/5
    -classic material 4.5/5
    -story telling ability 5/5
    -topics covered 4/5
    -impact,influence 3/5

    SCORE
    —————–
    JA DAKISS 27/35

    CASSIDY 25.5/35

    BEANIE SIGEL 29.5/35

    SCORE CARDZ
    compare (score out of 5)

    JAY-Z
    -lyricism 5/5
    -amount of work 5/5
    -quality of work 5/5
    -classic material 5/5
    -story telling abilty 4/5
    -topics covered 3/5
    -impact,influence 5/5

    EMINEM
    -lyricism 5/5
    -amount of work 4/5
    -quality of work 4.5/5
    -classic material 5/5
    -story telling abilty 5/5
    -topics covered 4.5/5
    -impact,influence 5/5

    LIL WAYNE
    -lyricism 3.5/5
    -amount of work 5/5
    -quality of work 3.5/5
    -classic material 2/5
    -story telling abilty 3/5
    -topics covered 3.5/5
    -impact,influence 3.5/5

    TOTAL SCORE
    ——————
    JAY-Z=32 /35

    EMINEM=32.5/35

    LIL WAYNE=23.5/5

    (My own score says eminem wins in a photo finish, and i’m black btw

    is this nigga buggin u put NAS more lyrical then PAC and HOV story tellin 3/5 u crazy son pac was the greatest ever no matter what then big then hov then even EMINEM ova NAS

    THEN U GO AS FAR AS SAYIN HE HAS 5/5 IN CLASSIC ALBUMS AS FAR AS I KNO THE ONLY ONES U CAN BUT UP IS STILLMATIC AND ILLMATIC PAC GOT MORE UNDER HIS BELT SO DOES HOV I DONT EVEN KNOW WHERE THOES THE INTERVIEW TALK BOUT NAS BEING ON HOVS LEVEL THEY ASK HIM BOUT WAYNE AND I AGREE ITS 2 EARLY 2 KNO WHAT HES REALLY ABOUT I JUST KNOW WAYNE GOES HARD WHEN HES IN THAT BOTH FUK IF HES HIGH ODB WAS HIGH WHEN HE DID A CLASSIC ALBUM PAC WAS HIGH EVERY SEC OF THE DAY…AS FAR AS TALENT IN THE GAME WAYNE, CASSIDY, JOE BUDDEN, AND MAC (BEANIE)HAVE WHAT IT TAKES BUT LETS GIVE IT TIME AND SEE WHO WE GONNA TALK BOUT BEST MC ON OUR BLOCK…

    • http://www.myspace.com/couptakeover Dezzy

      I like Jay-Z, and Tupac is my favorite rapper of all time. With that said, Nas is the most skilled lyricists of the those three. Out of all the mainstream artists that came out since 92, Nas is the most lyrically skilled. U could have an argument about BIG being as skilled as Nas. But BIG died too early to show everything. Tupac was the best rapper ever. But, when it comes to being lyrically skilled, u can’t say he was better than Nas. Jay-Z is very charismatic, and has one of the sickest flows ever. But, lyrically, he’s not as skilled as Nas. Nas portrayed himself as a gun, he did a story backwards (and it made perfect sense), his storytelling ability is only matched by BIG and Slick Rick. Nas murdered Jay-Z on Ether. Jay murdered every other rapper that ever came at him with like a bar and at most a 16. But, Nas had this nigga recording songs tryin to save himself from the lyrical lynching. U can argue that Tupac and Jay-Z were more influential on hip-hop (even though Illmatic changed the way New York niggaz rapped). Shit, u can say that you would rather chill with Pac or Jay before u would with Nas. U can also question some of Nas’ beat selection. But, Jay made two classic hands down albums (Reasonable Doubt and the Blueprint). The rest were good albums for that time period, but not many people put them on just to listen to like that. But, as far as just being a skilled lyricists, Nas is the nicest ever.

  • BIZZLE

    NOBODY CAN TOUCH JAY PERIOD NO MATTER WHERE YOU’RE FROM..HE CONTINUES TO GIVE THESE WACK RAP NIGGAS THE BUSINESS. EMINEM IS ASS NOW. AND HOUSTONS FINEST TAKE THAT WEAK HOUSTON SHIT WITH YOU..SCARFACE IS ALL YOU GOT. GO LISTEN TO YOUR LIL FLIP YOU BAMMA. AND LIL WAYNE CANT EVEN HOLD JAY’S MIC…WAYNE RAPS ABOUT BULLSHIT AND RYHMES WORDS TOGETHER THAT DONT EVEN MAKE SENSE. DO SOME RESEARCH YOU YOUNG PUNKS. WHAT IS THAT PROSTITUE FLANGE BULLSHIT? SIPPIN ON EXPIRED COUGH SYRUP TALKIN ABOUT I CANT FEEL MY FAAACE!

  • Lyrical Travisty

    Yo this article is crazy. Hov is coming at niggas necks on some psychological shit. It’s kinda fuuny to me as I read the second half of ‘I’ll Still Kill’. Hov is a boss, so he can do that. What the fuck is Dipset gonna do??? Come out with another mixtape talking trash about Jay, have a hissy fit on some sissy shit Kanye West style like at the MTV awards, or just take it all in and suck it the fuck up point blank period…. Once again shouts go out to the whole (PHILLY) a.k.a. Killadelphia the “Real” murder capitol. BANG,BANG 215 pussy!!! and I’m out.

  • CHICAGO PaPii

    Jay-Z is the Best. I mean he is the Best at being a Pompus,Arrogant,Bloated Prick. Everybody knows he has Dope Albums and such, but, lets talk about Jay-Z The Street Dude because he has a lot of contradictions in that “persona”. Big Pun(R.I.P) punk’d Jay at a Club in NY, Pun even cracked Jay over his head with a bottle of Cristal, why NOBODY every talks about this? Why was Jay jockin Biggie’s very essence pre-1998 Era Hip-Hop? Why was Jay scared to repond to Tupac when he dissed him on wax? Why was Jay spooked on going to the West Coast prior to Tupac’s demise at the hands of “You Know Who”? Whats with Jay-Z and his live-in Boyfriend?

  • http://dubcnn.com dr.raskizzo my nizzo

    real recognize real.
    Get up get out and get somethin’!

  • Mark

    I want reasonable doubt back. Who is this faker?

  • R

    Wayne Jr.

    You are can have your opinion that’s cool. Here is mine, If you just read the Q&A on Jay you know that he may be the only rapper to date that had his last album Promo to pay him for his cd before it dropped. Secondly Wayne is featured on the album with Jay so Wayne is on the spot Jay is a smart dude, he put him on the Cd to make a point. Wayne better came in the both sober and on his A game this is not DJ Kalied appereance this HOV the one He said he is better than. Point will be made 11/6. Third Wayne or any rapper can put an song out every week. All rapper have plenty of song that was never made public. He just put every single song he makes out. Lastly Wayne doesn’t get on a track with Lupe, Mos Def, Kwali, Common, or Nas to match his skills up against. He will sound cold when he feature on the dudes he spit with. Put him on a track with FaCE Mob see if he can stand. But let see if your favorite rapper can survive the rhymes of HOV on 11/6.

  • micka styles

    6 NOVEMBER
    KING BACK
    BOSS HOVA
    GENIUS
    ROC 4 FAM
    4 FAM 4 EVER
    AMERICAN GREUMSTER !
    NYC STAND UP
    WE RUN NYC
    DAMN !

  • KLETEWOOD

    WHAT IS THIS? A STATISTICS BLOG.

    GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE.

  • NiNo StaCkz

    JAY-Z IS A TALENTED ARTIST! A SMART BUSINESS MAN! HE SHUT DOWN MADISON SQ. GARDEN….TOOK OVER NEWYORK 9/11 WHEN HE DROP THE BLUEPRINT 1O ALBUMS IN MINUS THE JAY-Z/R.KELLY ALBUMS AND THAT MTV SPECIAL/…..WEEZY PUTS OUT ALOT OF MATERIAL BUT HE’S YET 2 BE ON HOVY LEVEL I WONT SAY HE WILL NEVER GET THERE SEEING HES HALF OF JAY-Z AGE! BUT RIGHT NOW NO COMPARISON! JAY-Z SPEAKS BOUT LIFE FROM HUSTLING DRUGS TO HIS OWN NIGGAZ HATING ON HIM 2 BEYONCE HIS BOO HE NOT JUST SAYING RANDOM THINGS…(Sprite easter pink)…EVERYTHING HE RAPS BOUT IS SUMWAY HIS LIFE….AND IF U GREW UP LIKE HE DID N GRIND LIKE HE GRIND U GOTTA FEEL HIM N RESPECT THIS MAN FOR WHAT HES DONE FOR HIPHOP…..I WASN’T ALWAYS A JAY-Z FAN BUT I’VE GROWN A LEVEL OF RESPECT FOR HIM LYRICALLY CUZ EVERYTIME U THINK HE’S NOT HOTT HE COMES N PROVES WRONG/ meet the parents!!….WHO CAN VISUALLY TELL A STORY SO VIVID AND HAVE A POINT 2 IT…..END OF THE DAY HE IS THE CEO OF HIPHOP HANDS DOWN…JIGGA MY NIGGA!!!!

  • rashad

    ima big fan of jay but as pac said lotta cash make a nigga change.. and pac is sayin how everyone got rich of him when back in the days he got rich cuz of biggie.. i hope he dont forget dat!

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  • http://www.idlerzlounge.com Willard A

    Realest nigga alive

    Chea.

  • it’s some lames on here mayne

    first of to that clowned that said that jay got hit in the head with a bottle what are you new?? first of all bitch that wasn’t jay who got hit in the head a damn bottle it was dame dash you clown if you go back and listen to that 2004 interview the roc did with funk flex you’ll know dat.do you want the link?

    somebody should really stop letting children access the enternet i mean really niggas hating on jay cuz they favorite rapper is broke and can’t actually rap ha ha ha

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  • rich

    this nigga Jay is a wild dude. But I guess he another Killa hater, fuck’em.

  • Dynasty

    I used to not like Jay-Z, but then he came with the Black Album. This guy has turned into a legend and a top 5 MC…and that’s coming from a 32 year old underground hip hop lover. Get Money!

  • Breed

    what else this nigga gotta do for niggaz to understand that nobody in hip-hop has went as hard as he has! I mean why you think all these rappers hating, because they wont his spot. I suggest niggas stop hating and hope this nigga gracefully bow out. holla!

  • jay

    All hail the KING is back

  • http://kellsfetish.com Lo-Doe

    No other rapper can compare.

  • BklynBandette

    @Dezzy:

    U Said A Mouth FULL!!!

  • 80′sBaby

    U niggaz need 2 stop! When it comes 2 Jay all I got 2 say is look at the body of work. Jay gives niggaz a reason 2 believe that they can make it. What does Wayne tell u? 2 go pop pillz & drink cough medicine. Don’t get me wrong, I think Wayne is nice, but better than Jay. Ha, I think the nigga that made that statement was high as Weezy when he said that. Jay was the 1st nigga 2 proclaim himself the “Best Rapper Alive”. We wouldn’t even have that title nor would he have a style if it wasn’t 4 the Big Homie. Niggaz need 2 really start payin’ attention.

  • trina shepherd

    first of all capostatus you sound like you got a real big dick up your ass.Have you been to jail lately?
    for one let me say i thought the interview was real and honest as always jay speaks the truth whether you like it or not.secondly i live in marcy, and marcy loves jay and we gone support to the fullest always.F**k Dehaven, he mad cause he can no longer feed off of jay and take advantage,he’s like a crackhead that’s never satisfied and keeps coming back for more to satisfy his high.He’s not sayin shit in none of those videos he’s putting out and he’s mad cause neither marcy or anybody else is paying him any mind except naive people that dont no better.Love you jay let the haters hate,Marcy All Day

  • GUTTA

    i BELIEVE THAT ANYONE THAT THINKS LIL WEEZY IS BETTER THAN JAY IS JUST SAYING SO JUST TO ARGUE. JAY ALREADY HAS HIS SPOT,AND RIGHTFULLY SO. ANYONE WITH A SOBER MIND KNOWS THAT YOU CANNOT COMPARE A MIXTAPE ARTIST(WAYNE) TO A VETERAN WITH 10+ ALBUMS(JAY) AND NOT MENTION THE FACT WAYNE DOES ALOT OF HIS SONGS HIGH AS A KITE. SOMEONE EARLIER USED THE ANALOGY OF JORDAN AND KOBE AND I BELEIVE THATS THE PERFECT COMPARISON BECAUSE BESIDES JAY, WAYNE MAY! BE THE BEST ARTIST OUT BUT THERE ARE OTHER ARTIST THAT I THINK ARE ON THE SAME LEVEL AS WEEZY BUT DO NOT GET THE SAME HYPE THAT WAYNE GETS,NOT SAYING HES NOT DESERVING BECAUSE HES DEFINITELY PAID HIS DUES BEING IN THE GAME SINCE 98′ BUT TOO COMPARE THE TWO IS ABSURD. AND WHOEVER THAT WAS THAT WAS GIVING OUT RATINGS TO THESE ARTISTS IS A DAMN FOOL. IF YOUR GOING TO MAKE UP A RATING SYSTEM WITH ARTIST AT LEAST LISTEN TO THE WORK BEFORE YOU MAKE BOGUS RATINGS. IF 5 IS THE BEST POSSIBLE SCORE THEN J SHOULD GET A 5 FOR TOPICS COVERED AND HOW DOES JAY GET A 4.5 BUT EM GETS A 5?? MOST OF EM’S ALBUMS WERE EITHER ABOUT HIS MOM,LOL,KIM,OR ABOUT NOTHING WHILE, JAY TALKS ABOUT A LIFE THAT ALMOST EVERYONE CAN RELATE TO,KATRINA,PAPER CHASING(FOR PEOPLE WHO ARENT RICH ALREADY)GROWING UP BECOMING AN ADULT,AND PRETTY MUCH ALL OF HUS SONGS WERE A FORM A STORYTELLING IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. PEOPLE , DO YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC OR DO YOU JUST SKIM THROUGH IT ???

  • HIPHOP

    I sat and read the entire article before writing this post…if any reasonable clear thinking person really reads this article coudl see the sincerity and maturity in his thoughts and opinions, people could hate on Jigga for wateva reason, but his point of view on everything is the only side that makes sense, Dipset started from the roc, and no one can deny that, shady business began when Cam was made VP, i can’t see the logic from Dame for doing that especially after one roc album from Cam; Wayne went at him after he announced his retirement and he and weezy hooked up with dipset (think about it).

    I listen to Weezy, I listen JUelz, I listen to Jim Jones, everybody preety much i listen to, and granted there flows and metaphors are tight, but they aren’t sayin anything, and dope verses and Mixtapes don’t make an artist. People like Nas, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Common, Styles P, and most of all Talib Quali (highly under-rated) are artist who always and will formulate music that people could listen to, thats why i will always support these artist cause every Jay album ever release sound better than most rappers albums now.

    Sorry for the length, but alot of these bloggers need to go back to school.

  • headache0604

    you have to be fuckin kidding!!!!! Is you guy’s listen to what DeHaven is saying about the American prankster front runner. First off Mr.Loucus or what ever was a FUCKIN RAT!! he ratted on so many people, Why is the media praising RATS like its the thing to do. Jay is going to address DeHaven on record right? What kind of gangster does that? Why did’nt he just going down to the projects and sit down or beef it out or whatever? I don’t know not one gangster that addresses his street matter on record, SORRY I’m NOT BUYING ON THIS ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!! However, XXL you need to read what you’ll write for people, if you will pull up the 06′ issuse of jay’z and see how he say’s all this good shit about his boy that taught him the game and now look his boy comes out of jail that same month that you’ll printed it and he still have not reached out to him. JAY’Z IS A FOUL MOTHER FUCKER PLAIN AND SIMPLE AND IF ANYONE DISAGREE’S BUT DeHaven’s DVD that is coming out soon.

  • kir

    Young Hov is the truth, hands downs.He’s the second best-selling rapper alive and the richest entertainer in hip-hop. Some rappers make it big, others don’t but with his track record one would be compelled to believe that he’s a greedy person. Yet still he made Dame Dash (who never inked a line mind you) a multi-millionaire ($200 million as of 2006)and set all his partners straight. Ask about him, he is a man of principal: loyalty.

  • CHICAGO “G” 69th & THROOP

    @ JAYSTONE… TAKE CASSIDY OFF YO LIST B THAT KID IS WACK!!!

    HOV IS DOPE NOBODY CAN DENY THAT I STILL THINK NAS IS A BETTER LYRICIST AND TUPUC CONVEYED MORE FEELING AND BIGGIE HAD A BETTER FLOW BUT THOSE ARE DEFINITELY THE G.O.A.T.’S… JAY ALWAYS CONDUCTS HIMSELF LIKE A G IN HIS INTERVIEWS BECAUSE HE NEVER REVEALS ANY EMOTIONS NOR WILL HE TELL HIS TRUE INTENTIONS I DON’T REALLY GET CAUGHT UP IN IF A RAPPER IS REAL OR NOT CAUSE THEY JUST PEOPLE LIKE EVERBODY ELSE…

  • 211

    Everybody speakin Chinese, but ain’t sayin dough

  • CannonStatus

    All i got to say is jay just said he is 90% done with the solo deal for jada to sign with roc/def jam. Then u got beans,free,tru life,even bleek droppin then he said the dynasty 2 album is droppin. 08 is gonna be like the 2000-2004 dynasty. The roc beast has been silent for a few years, But DEJA VU THE ROC IS BACK IN THE BUILDING!!!! finally a team to bring hip hop back and leave the rest of that bs in the streets. I won’t even acknowledge anything about wayne just 2 totally different levels. ITS TIME TO TAKE HIP HOP BACK FROM RAP IF U SMELL ME!!

  • b-rich

    hov got this rap game in a stooper, holla back, i got my tickets for the house of blues concert in chicago.

  • Dame da Don

    I am from the West Coast and I rather buy a Jay-Z albumn way before any Lil Wayne shit (and I love the south shit). Who the fuck cares about Mix Tapes. So you find a beat that everyone already likes then you try to rap over it, the beat is already going to get you attention, but can your rap keep it (Jay-Z I would say yes, Lil Wayne I would say fuck no). I am from Cali the home of the gang bang and it kills me to see these fake ass wanna be gang bangers wearing rags. C’mon real bloods would not fuck with fake ass Lil Wayne, Dip Set, or even fake ass the Lame (which make the west coast look bad). I dont care who sells the most (as Jay-Z coppied styles from Tupac and Biggie putting out singels for the females knowing that would make their sales sky rocket), I care about who makes shit that is going on now, and shit that I can feel. I admit Jay-Z has fallen off a little with making songs that real hood mother fuckers can feel. But Wayne on the other hand can not even make a full song about one topic, that weaks ass mother fucker just uses words that rhyme, but not story telling or sticking to a topic. That is some old ass early 80′s type of rapping. I grew up on Hip Hop in the 80′s, but then crack hit the streets and I only listen to mother fuckers that you can tell were from the streets, Biggie, Pac, Rakim, Red Man, Jadakis and the Lox, Scarface, UGK, Beanie Siegel, Ice Cube, Juve, BG, Mystkial, Messey Marv, C-Bo, Yukmouth, Young Jeezy, Young Buck, you know real street shit, not this wanna be shit that Lil Wayne and Cash Money keep putting out. Tell Wayne to retire and keep kissing baby, fagot ass wanna be bloods. LMAO.

  • http://www.yahoo.com FUCK JAYZ

    JAY Z IS PHONY…U KNOW WHO UR FRIENDS ARE WHEN THEY DONT NEED YOU..EXACTLY.NIGGA SHITTED ON EVERYONE IN MAURCY AND ESPECIALLY HIS MANS DEHAVEN…..LOOK UP DEHAVEN ON YOUTUBE…EXPOSING THE SHIT OUT OF THIS FAGGOT…DEAD ASS…HES A HOMOSEXUAL ON THE REAL….HE LEFT HIS NIGGAS FROM THE DAY TO GET MONEY AND MORE MONEY..SOUL HIS SOUL TO THE DEVIL

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  • http://xxlmag.com GATOR

    I aint never like Jay-Z ever since that weak ass shit when he said he and BIG was better than my boy PAC.[R.I.P]But tha sun shine on tha REAL and tha FAKE cause dats just tha way it is.Dont believe tha hype pimpin cause money talk and bullshit walk.Tha SOUTH on yja rize hoe!Move bitch get out tha way!!!!!$$$$$$$

  • http://dietomorrowrss.info/ Delsie Ganaway

    Fantastic piece of writing, well crafted I must say.

    • One eyed G

      hahaha.. I get what your saying, I really do lol