In a new, must-read interview, Jay-Z opens up about the newest stage of his career, and being a vulnerable, complete human being.
For one of the most prominent rappers on the planet, Jay-Z has cultivated a reputation for being extremely reserved, rarely granting extensive interviews. But, with last summer’s release of 4:44, it seemed that Jay-Z’s career had arrived at a deeply introspective place, one that found him looking at everything from his career to race to his marriage and personal failures, culminating in one of the most fascinating albums of his career, and one that only Jay-Z could make. But outside of a two-part tell-all released alongside the album, the mogul has remained mostly out of the public eye in much of 2017. However, on Wednesday, T Magazine published an in-depth interview with Jay-Z, and it’s a tremendously good read full of all sorts of stuff you’d want to ask Jay-Z about in 2017 – including, of course, Kanye.
‘It’s a complicated relationship with us,’ he says, addressing the feud that’s been quietly simmering since Kanye’s Saint Pablo Tour. He goes onto say that while they’ve spoken recently, this is the longest period between fights that they’ve had to give each other space. But like a lot of things in the interview, Jay-Z seems extremely at peace with things, and certain their relationship will work out in time. ‘There’s gonna be complications in the relationship that we have to get through. And the only way to get through that is we sit down and have a dialogue and say, “These are the things that I’m uncomfortable with. These are the things that are unacceptable to me. This is what I feel.” I’m sure he feels that I’ve done things to him as well.’
The tenor Jay takes when talking about Kanye is one that’s present throughout the interview – which, it can’t be stressed enough, is worth reading/watching in full – the rapper is remarkably candid about his current perspective, and attributes a lot of it to therapy. (And Jay-Z himself frequently refers to 4:44 as a therapeutic work.)