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From 'Reasonable Doubt' to ',' which Jay Z album reigns supreme? No two people rank the Volumes the same; only a blessed few seem to . 2," spinning the finely detailed morality tale of "Meet the Parents. The title track is a good example: a diss song that continued Jay's famous battle with Nas. Former President Barack Obamacalled Beyoncé and Jay Z "good friends" of him proof that when Bey and Jay let people into the inner circle, they don't mess around. We talk about the same things I talk about with all my friends. She's smart, she's creative, she's a great mother, she loves her family. On the cusp of welcoming twins Sir and Rumi and already parents to "'03 Bonnie & Clyde," after meeting a few years earlier when the girl group singer was is so important in a relationship," she told Oprah Winfreyyears later. All the Times Beyoncé and Jay-Z Looked Crazy in Love at the Grammys.
And you wouldn't be entirely wrong, but those aren't Bey's only loved ones. The Oscar winner and the Grammy winner have been dear friends for nearly a decade, Gwyneth recalling to Ellen DeGeneres in how she and then-husband Chris Martin met Bey and Jay Z at a benefit in New York City once upon a daydream and just clicked. Among other things, the A-list pals have bonded over their approach to parenting, both wanting to give their kids as normal a life as is humanly possible under the circumstances.
Moreover, Kelly shared with E! News that her son Titan, now 2, gets along famously with Blue Ivy, who just turned 5 and presumably feels ready to babysit. It's the greatest thing about friendship when you're able to grow up together and your children are able to grow up together and it's just years upon years of beautiful friendship and sisterhood.
So they're good friends. We talk about the same things I talk about with all my friends. She's smart, she's creative, she's a great mother, she loves her family. She's just a low-key lady—we have a lot in common that way. Except I can't sing…I can't dance. Shawn Carter appeared to skip the star-studded bash or at least didn't make it into any party wrap-ups or photos taken at the event, which lasted till 4 a.
He arrived here at Roc Nation in A year later, he bought out his business partner Damon Dash 's share in clothes company Rocawear. It was a typical Jay-Z move: Huge corporate buildings don't tend to bring out the sentimental in me, but it's quite an experience, eyeballing the New York skyline with this self-made master of the universe.
Does his mum ever come up to the 39th floor and swivel in his chair? His laugh, like his voice, is surprisingly high-pitched — relaxed, confident, likable.
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She always tells me, 'You just make me prouder and prouder every day. She tells me that quite often. Nobody calls me Shawn except my grandmother. He was a smart boy who lost his way at 11 when his father walked out on the family.
This was the s, Brooklyn was infested with crack cocaine, and a generation of young black children were left fatherless. His older brother Eric became addicted to crack. Young Shawn responded by hooking up with a gang and selling the same drug. Was he aware that he was surviving by destroying people like his brother and father? You just think people are buying your service, and it's so normal, you just think you're coming of age.
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In a way, he says, children became parents and parents became children. He found himself supporting his family — even if it was by hustling on the streets. But now we were in power because the people who were supposed to be our support system were on crack, and they was telling us, 'I'll do anything to get it.
There was no one to police us. And we were out of control. First it was a joke, then as you get older you start to think, man, that really is decay in her body. There are many Debbies.
And you still justify it, because that's how you make your money and you don't want to stop. You say, man, she making her own choice. He says there was a strict code among successful hustlers, and quotes me a line from the film Scarface: I never wanted that.
I saw what it was doing to the community. Jay-Z has written about the incident in the song You Must Love Me "Saw the devil in your eyes, high off more than weed, confused, I just closed my young eyes and squeezed, what a sound, opened my eyes just in time to see ya stumbling to the ground" but he has never publicly talked about it before.
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How did he get the gun? You didn't have to go far to get one. He has become monosyllabic. His discomfort is obvious. Did Eric simply not press charges? It's an astonishing story, I say. Was that the only time he shot someone? But guns were around every day. There were shoot-outs, but I never shot anyone else. Most people in shoot-outs don't get shot. He was shot at three times and each time the bullet missed. I was in Miami the other day and there was this sweep of year-olds.
It showed the weaponry they had — AKs, military weapons in the hands of these kids. He says he'll have a salad, and looks at me. So if you take away guns, then what about knives or rocks? You gotta correct the problem, not the tool. As with all things Jay-Z, it's top quality — the crispiest lettuce money can buy. The chair I'm sitting on is the comfiest but not flashest I've ever sat on.
He tells me more than once how important quality is to him. On the table in front of us are a number of elite magazines, all featuring Jay-Z on the front. He's got an unusual face for an idol: There are a few stray hairs above his lip. Somehow, you'd expect him to be a more meticulous shaver. Today, he's dressed in casuals. On the cover of Forbes he is in a sober blue suit, every inch the businessman. He points me to the feature on him and Buffett.
It's obviously tickled him that comparisons are being made. He makes it sound surprisingly appealing, I say. Then you have the camaraderie and the love. Those guys are with you.
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You're all in there together, fighting for the same thing. But it was never going to be easy to make a clean break. The problem was, he could never hope to make as much money from rapping. We'd be like, aren't you supposed to be rich, you're a famous performer, why you in a tight white van with 17 people? Sometimes he'd tell his mother he'd made the money from music, but she knew better. Today, she runs the Jay-Z scholarship for underprivileged students.
Wasn't she devastated that he spent all his time dealing drugs? There's only so much you can tell a son at that time. You can tell him, don't touch that, it's hot, but at some point you gotta let him see for himself. And she really gave me lessons, but she also let me go.
And I would have done what I was going to do anyway.
It was only when he made his first album in that he became a full-time musician. I had been trying to hold on to two branches and I said, I'm going to put my all into the music, to make a legitimate life for myself.
I never turned back.