Normally Jay Z falls into the category of quiet superstar—the kind of guy who isn't interested in sitting down with 60 Minutes to pull back the curtain on his private life.
That makes a new interview he's just done with the New York Times a revelation. Sitting down with paper's 61-year-old executive editor Dean Baquet, the man born Shawn Carter gets in depth on a whole host of topics, from the way race relations have become strained in Donald Trump's America, to the importance of activism among professional athletes, to exorcising one's demons through art.
Jay Z talks about therapy:
I grew so much from the experience. But I think the most important thing I got is that everything is connected. Every emotion is connected and it comes from somewhere. And just being aware of it. Being aware of it in everyday life puts you at such a ... you're at such an advantage. You know, you realize that if someone's racist toward you, it ain't about you. It's about their upbringing and what happened to them, and how that led them to this point
He talks about America's first black president, Barack Obama:
He's not a superhero. And it's unfair to place unfulfillable expectations on this man just because of his color. You're actually doing the opposite. It's like, what do you think is gonna happen? He's there for eight years. And he has to undo what 43 presidents have done. In eight years. That's not fair.
And he talks about infidelity. That's right, Jay Z mans up about being unfaithful to one of the most omnipotent beings on the planet, Beyoncé. Talking about what he learned leading up to therapy, the rapper says:
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 ...
You can read the entire interview here.More