Jigga man, Jigga man. One-of-one, recently sitting down to give us an interview to feed the culture. He took the time to resurface with The Times for a rare interview, discussing family life, moolah, and surviving quarantine. And it's filled with quotables too, in the Jay-Z way: elevated conversations, and think pieces.
What mostly caught my attention, is the businessman himself, discussed his legacy when it's all said and done. And what was most surprising is he actually doesn't want to be remembered for his money at all. He prefers to be known for love. When asked about providing a solid foundation for his family, he said:
"Feeling loved is the most important thing a child needs, you know? Not 'Here's this business that I'm going to hand over to you, that I'm creating for you.' What if my child doesn't want to be in music or sports? I have no idea, right? But as long as your child feels supported, and feels loved, I think anything is possible."
"[We] just make sure we provide a loving environment, be very attentive to who they want to be. It's easy for us, as human beings, to want our children to do certain things, but we have no idea. We're just guides."
And although his career has opened many doors for others, he remains humble...somewhat. When discussing his legacy:
"I have no idea. I'm not beyond ego, right? Hopefully they speak of me [with] the names of Bob Marley and all the greats. But that's not for me to say."
Jay touches on other subjects during the interview that stands out, such as the Derek Chauvin trial and being socially active in the wake of protesting.
"It's very frustrating. As a human race we're still on basic things. We're still on 'Stop Asian Hate.' We can't sit and cry over spilled milk, but we do have to acknowledge that there's milk, right? Are we here today? No. Are we further than 50 years ago? Yes."
But in the end, Jay is most proud of how far he's come.
"I'm most proud of overcoming my circumstances and providing opportunity for people who look like me and who came from the same situation that I've come from."
Say that, Mr. Carter.
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