The Carters are Hollywood royalty. In Jay Z's latest cover story for Vanity Fair, he opens up to Lisa Robinson about his drug dealing past, Blue Ivy's love for his music and how he got the 'hottest chick in the game' to wear his chain.
Blue Ivy prefers his music to her mother's:
'She does like her mother’s music—she watches [Beyoncé’s concerts] on the computer every night. But my album came out and I don’t know if Blue ever heard any of my music prior to this album—she’s only 18 months old and I don’t play my music around the house. But this album was new, so we played it. And she loves all the songs. She plays a song and she goes, ‘More, Daddy, more . . . Daddy song.’ She’s my biggest fan. If no one bought the Magna Carta [album], the fact that she loves it so much, it gives me the greatest joy. And that’s not like a cliché. I’m really serious. Just to see her—‘Daddy song, more, Daddy.’ She’s genuine, she’s honest, because she doesn’t know it makes me happy. She just wants to hear it.'
How his past as a drug dealer influences his current business dealings:
'I know about budgets. I was a drug dealer. To be in a drug deal, you need to know what you can spend, what you need to re-up. Or if you want to start some sort of barbershop or car wash—those were the businesses back then. Things you can get in easily to get out of [that] life. At some point, you have to have an exit strategy, because your window is very small; you’re going to get locked up or you’re going to die.'
Jay Z opens up about his childhood:
'We were living in a tough situation, but my mother managed; she juggled. Sometimes we’d pay the light bill, sometimes we paid the phone, sometimes the gas went off. We weren’t starving—we were eating, we were O.K. But it was things like you didn’t want to be embarrassed when you went to school; you didn’t want to have dirty sneakers or wear the same clothes over again.'
On the early days of dating Beyoncé:
'[In 2001], we were just beginning to try to date each other.' Try? 'Well, you know, you’ve got to try first. You got to dazzle . . . wine and dine.' He tells Robinson that 'of course' he pursued Beyoncé, and when asked if he hadn’t been Jay Z—say, he had been a petrol-station attendant and she pulled up—would he have been able to date her, he responds, 'If I’m as cool as I am, yes. But she’s a charming Southern girl, you know, she’s not impressed. . . . But I would have definitely had to be this cool.' Jay confirms that the line on his latest album, 'She was a good girl ’til she knew me' is about Beyoncé, and when Robinson asks if she’s not a good girl anymore, Jay laughs, saying, 'Nah. She’s gangsta now.'
How he feels about the rumours that Beyoncé faked her pregnancy:
'I don’t even know how to answer that. It’s just so stupid. You know, I felt dismissive about it, but you’ve got to feel for her. I mean, we’ve got a really charmed life, so how can we complain? But when you think about it, we’re still human beings. . . . And even in hip-hop, all the blogs—they had a field day with it. I’m like, We come from you guys, we represent you guys. Why are you perpetuating this? Why are you adding fuel to this ridiculous rumor?'
Read more at Vanity Fair.