Jay-Z Discusses Blue Ivy’s Freestyle, His Mother, Top Albums & More
After one week of Jay-Z’s epic interview with Rap Radar, they have released Part 2 today. This time the mogul/rapper speaks about his rap beefs, comparing his albums to Michael Jackson’s, Blue Ivy’s verse, his best albums, & his mom.
On “Smile” & his mom: “I always looked up to her,” “She’s so fucking dope. My mom has been dope her whole life. She’s just a dope person. Listen to her. She sounds like Maya Angelou. Her pacing and her voice is just so regal. She’s a speaker. Our relationship developed into another level as I started getting into myself, wanting to know everything, and go somewhere else, to take it to a new level. We had a beautiful conversation that led to me making that song and I didn’t have permission to make that song. When she first heard the song, she was like, ‘Absolutely not.’ I was like, ‘This is so important. So many people in the world are hiding. This will help them.’ That’s all I’ll say about that. That’s how we spoke about that song. I was just so happy of the person she’s becoming. Live your life, be who you are. One of my proudest songs. I love that song.”
On Blue Ivy’s Freestyle: “I had just finished ‘Family Feud’ and I really liked the beat for ‘We Family.’ I was like, ‘I think I can take that song up a notch.’ So, I started playing the beat and I was playing it for so long that I started doing something,” “She went and she got the headphones and she climbed on a little stool and then she just started rapping. Well, she started doing that and the pockets she was catching, I was like, ‘Oh shit.’ I couldn’t believe that. I have it on my phone. Five minutes. That was all I put on there but five minutes of her doing that. Amazing pockets. But kept bringing back ‘Boom-shaka-laka.’ I was like, ‘Oh, she understands the concept of a hook!’ She’s five. She understands the concept of a hook…And then she caught that, ‘Never seen a ceiling in my whole life.’ I was like, ‘What the fuck is going on in here?’ One of the great memories.”
On naming the Twins: “Rumi is our favorite poet,” he explained. “So, that was for our daughter. Sir was just like, ‘Man. Come out the gate.’ He carries himself like that. He just came out like Sir.”
Ranking his top albums: 6. 4:44 5. American Gangster 4. The Black Album 3. Reasonable Doubt 2. The Blueprint 1.Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life. He refers to Vol. 2 as M.J.’s Thriller and The Blueprint as his Off The Wall.
On Rap beef: “Rap is just growing up,” he explained. “It’s still one of the youngest genres of music. Nobody knows what it’s gonna be yet. We haven’t seen this. We haven’t seen where a guy, 47 years old, puts out this sort of album. We haven’t seen that. This thing is small, young. It’s gonna grow. It’s gonna be wide, wonderful, and beautiful, people are gonna be able to coexist. The battle, that’s what it was built on, that’s where it started, so maybe we’ll move past that phase.”
Watch the full interview on Tidal!