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Jay-Z OPENS UP About Trayvon Martin, Blue Ivy, Kanye's Album, Miley & What He Thinks About DAME DASH! (Oh, And He Copped His PLATINUM Plaque For MCHG)

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Jay-Z stopped by Hot 97 today where he talked to Angie Martinez about his thoughts on the Trayvon Martin trial, Kanye's Yeezus disc and where he stands with Dame Dash.  Listen to the interview inside...

 

After doing a hilariously rule-changing & impromptu Twitter interview that trended worldwide a few days ago, Magna Carta Holy Grail honcho Jay-Z stopped by Hot 97 today to chat with Angie Martinez about his rule-changing CD and to open up about his relationships with his baby girl Blue, Dame Dash, Kanye West and to offer his thoughts on the Trayvon Martin trial.  And there's a few nuggets of wisdom in there for any aspiring entrepreneur.

Here are the highlights: 

On Trayvon Martin and the news cycle
"I was just watching the trial and man, it's strange how you can just see everyone's agenda when their talking about things.  CNN is almost like TMZ. Certain things it’s like, aww man, this is really just entertainment. It’s really all for ratings. And you squeeze a bit of information in there."

On how he was affected by his parents splitting up:
"They were together my early years, till I was 9 or something. That's what made it worse, because I knew. Some people don't even get to feel that sort of love at all so you can't miss what you don't have. It's still this empty feeling. There's more of an empty feeling having it, then having it taken away from you."

On being a father:
“[It's] just more reaffirming the things that’s really important in life and editing your life in such a way that you don’t have anything that’s distracting you. Anything that’s taking away from that time you should be with your child.”

On failing:
“I fail all the time. I’m a person that loves to win. I don’t hate to lose.”

On if he reads blogs:
“Not that much, but once in a while, yeah. More music though, just music. Not like we worried about gossip. It’s not my business.”

On watching reality TV, including “Love & Hip Hop”:
“I’ve seen everything at least once or twice. I’m really an ESPN, HBO guy.”

On money:
“I just don’t need money. … I think success is just being able to do what you like to do on your terms.”

On buying back the rights to Roc-A-Fella:
“We just got it back from Universal. Thank you guys up there. The chain remains.”

On Miley Cyrus' new musical style (since he shouts her out on "Somewhere In America":
"She's fearless, just being herself and expressing herself. I think it's more a reaction of people wanting her to be Hannah Montana. Just watching the situation, people want her to be something and she's like, 'I'm not that. I was 6-years-old, they want me to be 6-years-old forever.' That must be really frustrating, and this is her reaction to it."

On Yeezus:
“I love it...It’s polarizing because it’s art. That’s what art is; it forces you to have an opinion. What’s good for the genre is [Yeezus] pushes it forward."

On the possibility of Watch The Throne 2:
"Yeah. Hopefully, yeah. It hasn't begun."

On his relationship with Dame Dash:
"We created something that’s going to go down forever, so I can only have love for Dame. I just don’t know where we are in our life. We’re not the same two men at that time when we gel
led in that way. I haven’t seen him in a while. I have ultimate confidence in him that he’ll find his way because he’s an amazing and smart guy."

Listen to Part 1: Part 2: Part 3:

 

 

BONUS:

Thanks to producer Young Guru, we now have the original version of "Dead Presidents 3", which he leaked on Twitter. Enjoy!

 

BONUS:

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Though it "officially" hits music stores today, Jay-Z's MCHG has already been certified platinum thanks to 1 million sales of the Samsung Magna Carta app.  Story.  

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In 2009 Roderick Scott a black man that was a neighborhood watch member shot and killed a 17 year old white male by the name of Christopher Cervini, Roderick said it was self defense even though Cervini was unarmed. Roderick Scott was found not guilty, why didn't Jay Z and Beyoncé protest about that. Its the exact same scenario except the victim is white and the defendant is black. There were no riots, no major media coverage, NOTHING. THATS RACIST!!!!!! So I guess Jay Z and Beyoncé and Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson are all racist too, do the research I am 100% factual, racism is racism

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Jay is too damn old, way over

Jay is too damn old, way over the hill....he needs to STFD somewhere and STFU. First of all you gotta con your fans into getting that satanic garbage you call an album. He offered to give fans a free album if they be the first million to buy ringtone. You gave away 1 million albums technically....you didn't get honest sells. You and that country back door ignorant tramp you call a wife can have several seats. Both of yall been played out so now yall gotta resort to lying about numbers and boxing up yall own stuff. Yall are not real, not the best, and out of touch with reality.
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Reading is Fundamental...smh.

Reading is Fundamental...smh. Fans didn't have to buy anything to get the album...you download a free app and get a free album: win-win...that's the first thing. Next, if Samsung spent X amount of dollars purchasing the album to give to its 1 million customers...was there not a sale? a transaction of goods and services? Therefore, whether purchased by me, you or anyone else, 1 million albums were sold so he is indeed a platinum artist in that sense. What baffles the mind is the disdain for he and his wife, but the "click" (which if you don't know adds revenue to the ybf's pocket) on an article that is clearly about them, just to stand on your soap box and say how terrible they are. If you don't like them, if they are out of touch with reality etc etc skip articles about them, don't associate yourself with people who boil your blood to the extent of curse filled (of insinuated through abbreviation) rants...you do yourself a great disservice... /end rant
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Mizery prentend we r in the

Mizery prentend we r in the same room b/c I am high fiving the heck out u right now. I don't know if you apart of the industry in any way, but I am proud that you were able to use your brains before spewing nonsense, which is mostly on this blog. And the "clicking" situation is the funniest of them all, they hate the Carters and wish them dead but jump on every post about them (giving the Carter more publicity) and tell you over and over and over and over again how they don't like these peole. I mean there has to be something more productive for these people to do..but maybe not since they keep coming on her to do it (giggle) Kudos to you today Mizery!
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I agree with you @Mizery

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Good interview..it flowed

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And of course the standard

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Meh...I'll admit I was

Meh...I'll admit I was intrigued when reading the header to this post. I thought he would say something thought provoking about the Martin case. It's a rarity for him to mention anything about current news especially news pertaining to much of his core fan base (race relations, 99%, stop & frisk etc). He glazes over all of these topics because it's safer for him and his pockets. Such a platform he has to raise awareness. I understand he's on a different level than a lot of other artists, but come on. Jay is about his money and that's all there is for him. Remember Occupy Wall Street and he printed shirts with Occupy All Streets? And made a nice little chunck of change from it? He down played the whole OWS movement saying he didn't understand the purpose as there was no real message. But it didn't stop him from "borrowing" the tag line and making a profit. If this isn't a clear sign that this dude is a 1% then I don't know what is. Not sure how he doesn't understand the whole movement when dude is from the projects. Just another opportunist. Glad for his success, but disappointed in his direction of evolution regarding his roots.
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Question: So b/c he didn't go

Question: So b/c he didn't go into strong detail on how he feels about the Trayvon situation, this time becuase he has spoken on it before, that means he's not aware of how far we still have to go. if he would have given a more political statement then he woould get torn apart saying he think he Obama. Like why can't his answer be enough for that moment. Was he intrviewing about himself or Trayvon? And the point of the Occupy All Steets were to say that yea what is this OWS when would should be occupying all streets. You missed that huh All you saw was the mpney made and donated if you checked you facts. Get into this industry and business then you would understand more...
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I never said he had to go

I never said he had to go into strong detail...but damn can he make a statement of some sort? Something like "It's sad that this innocent young man lost his life". And sorry just because you said he spoke on the Martin case before doesn't mean it's true because I haven't found one statement from him about it. All I find are articles that he and Nicki Minaj are silent. I also can't find one article or statement from him where he he donated any of the money from his Occupy all streets to the actual movement. The only thing I could find was Russell Simmons defending his friend after the backlash of him posting profits from OAS sales. And to be more specific, all Russell did was ELUDE to the fact that Jay might donate the profits. I've been in that industry and business for 7 years as well. So I understand more than you think. Jay is about his money and business, and he has never spoken or made a statement about any of the current issues that face his core audience. Please show me where he's spoke on the killing of Trayvon Martin, please show me where he donated his money from OAS to OWS...because I can't find it. And if you do show me I will gladly apologize to you and Jay in this forum.
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Exactly!I was really hoping

Exactly!I was really hoping for more. At least say what you think "Trayvon was murdered" "Zimmerman was acting in self defense" But I guess that would alienate some of his fans and he can't have that. But come on Jay-Z you're big enough that you can take a position on anything. If some people dont like it, screw them. But I guess I should not expect consciousness from him. He has gotten disgustingly materialistic. I used to be a huge fan. Now, not so much.
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