Weeks away from the Barclays Center’s grand opening, Jay-Z sat down for lunch with Zadie Smith of New York Times’ T Magazine. The in-depth profile finds Jay opening up on a variety of topics, from the Trayvon Martin shooting to President Barack Obama to the Occupy Wall Street movement. On the latter, Hov appears to have mixed feelings, with Smith writing:
“He gets a little agitated when the subject of Zuccotti Park comes up: “What’s the thing on the wall, what are you fighting for?” He says he told Russell Simmons, the rap mogul, the same: “I’m not going to a park and picnic, I have no idea what to do, I don’t know what the fight is about. What do we want, do you know?”
Smith’s profile concludes with her asking Jay about his newest role in life, that of a father:
At the last minute, I remembered to ask after his family, “Oh, my family’s amazing.” And the baby? “She’s four months.” Marcy raised me, and whether right or wrong/Streets gave me all I write in the song. But what will TriBeCa give Blue? “I actually thought about that more before she was born. Once she got here I’ve been in shock until maybe last week?” Her childhood won’t be like his, and this fact he takes in his stride. “We would fight each other. My brother would beat me up,” he says, but it was all in preparation for the outside. “I was going to have to fight, I was going to have to go through some things, and they were preparing me.” He smiles: “She doesn’t have to be tough. She has to love herself, she has to know who she is, she has to be respectful, and be a moral person.”
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