WATCH: JAY-Z Opens Up in New York Times Interview

Hov discusses race, therapy, marriage, politics, and more.

December 7, 2017
Beyonce and Jay-Z arrive at the 2015 Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating 'China: Through The Looking Glass' held at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art in New York, NY on May 4th, 2015.

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Between releasing his Grammy nominated and deeply introspective 4:44, the birth of his twins, becoming the first rapper EVER to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, 2017 has been an unprecedented year for hip hop's living legend JAY-Z.

Earlier this year, Jay sat down with New York Times's executive editor Dean Baquet for a raw, unfiltered interview. The conversation ranged from Hov's role as a black man in America to how 4:44 seemed to "pull back the curtain" on his high-profile marriage to Beyoncé. While much of what Jay discussed in the over 30+ minute interview has already been published, including his relationship with Kanye West and the revelation that Bey's Lemonade and his 4:44 was originally intended to be a joint album, the entire conversation provides a glimpse into the mogul's mind.   

For roughly two decades, all fans really knew of JAY-Z was through his lyrics. Though he has never hid from expressing his true feelings, this interview is, perhaps, the first time fans get the chance to understand where Jay is coming from. So, believe us, if you're a fan, this interview is worth a listen. Enjoy!