By Miya Jones
Ever since the infamous elevator scene at the hotel, where Solange went in on Jay-Z, fans have speculated that Jay-Z may have been stepping out on Queen B.
If those rumors were not confirmed in Jay-Z’s album “4:44”, it was definitely confirmed in the extensive interview Hov did with New York Times, Executive Editor Dean Baquet. He discussed why he committed his infidelity, his place in hip-hop now and the state of Black America under Donald Trump’s presidency.
The Brooklyn native talked with Baquet about how the only good thing about Trump being president, is that people are forced to have a dialogue about racism and injustice. “The great thing about Donald Trump being president is now we’re forced to have the dialogue,” said Jay-Z. “Now we’re having the conversation on the large scale; he’s provided the platform for us to have the conversation.”
He also discussed one of his most talked about tracks, “The Story of O.J.” Baquet asked the Roc Nation rapper who the song was meant for, and Jay-Z admitted is was for black people.
“It’s a nuanced song, you know,” he said. “It’s like, I’m specifically speaking to us. And about who we are and how do you maintain the sense of self while pushing it forward and holding us to have a responsibility for our actions. Because in America, it is what it is.”
Jay-Z also opened up about his relationship with Beyoncé, admitting that he cheated because of his upbringing.
“You have to survive,” said the 47-year-old rapper. “So you go into survival mode, and when you go into survival mode what happen? You shut down all emotions. So even with women, you gonna shut down emotionally, so you can’t connect.” He continued saying, “In my case, like it’s, it’s deep. And then all the things happen from there: infidelity.”
Jay-Z also discussed “Lemonade” and “4:44” stating the power couple worked on their albums together.
“We were using our art almost like a therapy session,” he said. “… And we started making music together.” He said that the process wasn’t easy, and was uncomfortable at times, but they powered through the storm.
“You know, most people walk away, and like divorce rate is like 50 percent or something ’cause most people can’t see themselves,” said Jay-Z. “The hardest thing is seeing pain on someone’s face that you caused, and then have to deal with yourself.”
As far as his place in hip-hop goes, he believes in venturing out into different fields in order to create a lasting legacy similar to Ralph Lauren.
“I think that rap in particular is a young man’s sport, that I’ll move out of that white-hot space.” Jay-Z refers to this white-hot space as a trend or fad that, and like a trend, it doesn’t last long.
“… At the end of the day, we gonna find out it’s not about the white-hot space, but it’s about finding the truth. That white-hot space — people think it’s the biggest thing, but it’s really small. I play forever. And so my whole thing is to identify with the truth. Not to be the youngest, hottest, new, trendy thing.”
It is nice to see how Jay-Z and Beyoncé were able to put their difference aside and work through the hard times. And his mindset about trying to make a lasting mark is something that we should all strive for, and in Trump’s America, we should all try and help each other out in Trump’s America.