Rapper JAY-Z covered the most recent issue of The New York Times Style Magazine, and sat with its executive editor Dean Baquet to discuss race, therapy, having a family, and his mother’s sexuality.
On race, JAY-Z discussed his song “The Story if O.J.,” which has as its subject the fallen sportsman O.J. Simpson.
He talked about O.J. getting to a place of influence and leaving his people behind. “For us to get in that space and then disconnect from the culture. That’s how it starts. This is what happens. And then you know what happens? You’re on your own, and you see how that turned out,” he said.
The goal, he said, is to get to a place of influence through a God-given ability, and pushing for equality through that position. He said:
The goal is, if you have a specific God-given ability, is to live your life out through that. One. And two, we have a responsibility to push the conversation forward until we’re all equal. Till we’re all equal in this place. Because until everyone’s free, no one’s free, and that’s just a fact.
He quoted a Kanye West line from his song “Never Let Me Down,” saying racism is still rife in America. He said:
There was a great Kanye West line in one of [his] songs: “Racism’s still alive, they just be concealin’ it.”
He also discussed growing from therapy, adding that the most important thing he got is that “everything is connected.”
He talked about going into survival mode to get through the pain, saying:
You have to survive. 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.
In my case, like it’s, it’s deep. And then all the things happen from there: infidelity …
On his mother being gay, JAY-Z said he’d been aware since he was a teenager, adding that no one spoke about it, and it was just something everyone knew. He said:
W never spoke about it. Until, like, recently, now we start having these beautiful conversations, and just really getting to know each other. We were always good friends but now we’re really great friends. You know. And we were just talking as friends. And then she was sharing that she was in love. She can be herself [now]. She doesn’t have to hide for her kids or feel like she’s embarrassing her kids. It was a much different time then. [Now] she can just live her full life, her whole life, and be her.
Read the entire editorial on The New York Times Style Magazine.
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Jay Z Finally Admits To Cheating On Beyoncé Says Therapy Saved Them From Divorce _______ Jay Z dropped hints on 4:44 that he had cheated on his wife Beyonce but he has never openly said this till Wednesday when he had a very revealing chat with Dean Baquet from The New York Times for his cover issue of T Magazine. ______ Jay Z started talking about the infidelity when he addressed the scars he still has from his past, scars which led him to push his wife away and led to his infidelity, ‘You have to survive. So you go into survival mode, and when you go into survival mode, what happens? You shut down all emotions. So, even with women, you gonna shut down emotionally, so you can’t connect. … In my case, like, it’s deep. And then all the things happen from there: infidelity,’ he said. ______ Beyoncé has previously addressed her husbands infidelity on Lemonade before Jay Z released 4:44 but the rapper says it was originally supposed to be a joint album, ‘We were using our art almost like a therapy session. And we started making music together. And then the music she was making at that time was further along. So, her album came out as opposed to the joint album that we were working on; We still have a lot of that music. And this is what it became. There was never a point where it was like, “I’m making this album.” I was right there the entire time.’ ______ Jay Z also said that their 9 year marriage could have ended in divorce adding that therapy helped them navigate those turbulent waters. Swipe 😉 #OnoBello #OBCelebrities
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