Jay-Z’s Interview With Oprah (Preview)

Jay-Z’s Interview With Oprah (Preview)

    Although the full interview will not be available untill the October issue of Oprah's "O" magazine (on newsstands September 15th), they just posted a preview. Starting off with "At 13 he was selling crack. By 30 he was a hip-hop legend" and "having gone 'from grams to Grammys,' the interview looks to be an indepth look at Jigga's past and present life.

    Oprah gets right into it saying "So tell me how you got into the drug dealing," to which Jay-Z stated simply, "It was natural," later expanding to "It was normal. And at some point, you become addicted to the feeling. The uncertainty and adrenaline and danger of that lifestyle." Later Jigga talks about being shot at and living to talk about it. Calling it "devine intervention," Jay-Z says it wasn't really that the shooter was a bad shot, it was simply "no one really practices shooting a TEC-9 machine gun, right? And when you're a kid, with little bony arms—no wonder nobody could aim."

    Oprah Interviews Jay-Z: Click Here To Read The Full Interview Preview


    Although the full interview will not be available untill the October issue of Oprah's
"O" magazine (on newsstands September 15th), they just posted a
preview. Starting off with "At 13 he was selling crack. By 30 he was a
hip-hop legend" and "having gone 'from grams to Grammys,' the interview
looks to be an indepth look at Jigga's past and present life.

    Oprah gets right into it saying "So tell me how you got into the drug dealing," to which Jay-Z
stated simply, "It was natural," later expanding to "It was normal. And
at some point, you become addicted to the feeling. The uncertainty and
adrenaline and danger of that lifestyle." Later Jigga talks about being shot at and living to talk about it. Calling it "devine intervention," Jay-Z
says it wasn't really that the shooter was a bad shot, it was simply
"no one really practices shooting a TEC-9 machine gun, right? And when
you're a kid, with little bony arms—no wonder nobody could aim."

Oprah: So tell me how you got into the drug
dealing.

Jay-Z:
It was natural.…

Oprah: Because drug
dealers were your role models. There wasn't a teacher or a lawyer or a nurse or
a doctor or an accountant in the neighborhood?

Jay-Z: Well, we
were living in Marcy by then, so, no. And if anyone did become something like
that, they moved out. They never came back to share the wisdom of how they made
it. If anyone made it, you never knew it. That's why I've always said that if I
became successful, I'd come back here, grab somebody, and show him how it can be
done.

Oprah: So by the time you were 13, this was a way
of life. Did the lifestyle frighten you?

Jay-Z: No. It
was normal. And at some point, you become addicted to the feeling. The
uncertainty and adrenaline and danger of that
lifestyle.

Oprah: This is where we differ. This is where
we differ. Because I'd be very scared! Weren't you shot at three times—within
six feet—and you lived to talk about it?

Jay-Z: That was
divine intervention. Divine intervention, and nobody knowing how to
shoot.

Oprah: What happened in each
situation?

Jay-Z: It was one situation, three
shots.

Oprah: So he was a bad
shot.

Jay-Z: Well, no one really practices shooting a
TEC-9 machine gun, right? And when you're a kid, with little bony arms—no wonder
nobody could aim.

Oprah: Many of the little boys who
grew up in the Marcy projects are either in jail or dead. Why do you think you
got to grow up and buy your mom a house?

Jay-Z: There's
the gift, there's the spirit, and there's the work—all three have to come
together. If one of those things is off, it can stop you from becoming who you
were meant to be.

Oprah: When I met you a few years ago, we
discussed our disagreement over the use of the N word and misogynist lyrics in
rap music. Do you believe that using the N word is necessary?

Jay-Z: Nothing is necessary. It's just become part of the way we
communicate. My generation hasn't had the same experience with that word that
generations of people before us had. We weren't so close to the pain. So in our
way, we disarmed the word. We took the fire pin out of the grenade.

Oprah: Do you and Beyoncé have a pact that you just won't talk
about each other?

Jay-Z: Yeah. When you're a public
person, you have to keep some things to yourself, or else people will
just—

Oprah: Eat it up. I know. But can I ask how in the
world you kept your wedding a secret?

Jay-Z: Late
planning!

Oprah: How many people knew?

Jay-Z: Very few. The sad part is that we offended some.
But people who love you understand. Because at the end of the day, it's your
day.

Oprah: So here we are, talking on a Sunday
afternoon. If you weren't sitting here with me, what would you be
doing?

Jay-Z:
I'm gonna get killed for this, but I'll tell you
anyway. There's a great pizza spot we go to every Sunday. It's our tradition.
It's a small place in Brooklyn, you can bring your own wine, and there are
candles there. It's a nice date.

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