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Jay Z Covers Vanity Fair Talks Drug Dealing Past, Beyonce and Blue Ivy

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Jay Z covers the November issue of Vanity Fair where he talks about his daughter Blue Ivy and when he first started dating Beyonce. He also speaks about his drug dealing past and says his mother knew, but it was a topic that they did not discuss. Here is some excerpts from the article below:

On his daughter, Blue Ivy’s opinion (at 18 months) of his music:

“She (Blue Ivy) does like her mother’s music—she watches (Beyoncé’s concerts) on the computer every night. But my album came out and I don’t know if Blue ever heard any of my music prior to this album—she’s only 18 months old and I don’t play my music around the house. But this album was new, so we played it. And she loves all the songs. She plays a song and she goes, ‘More, Daddy, more . . . Daddy song.’ She’s my biggest fan. If no one bought the Magna Carta [album], the fact that she loves it so much, it gives me the greatest joy. And that’s not like a cliché. I’m really serious. Just to see her—‘Daddy song, more, Daddy.’ She’s genuine, she’s honest, because she doesn’t know it makes me happy. She just wants to hear it.”

On his view of Barack Obama:

“actually renewed my spirit for America. It was like, Oh, wow, man, this whole thing about land of the free, home of the . . . it’s, like, real—it’s going to happen, everyone’s getting to participate in it. But growing up, if you had ever told a black person from the hood you can be president, they’d be like, I could never . . . If you had told me that as a kid, I’d be like, Are you out of your mind? How?”

On his drug dealing past:

“but we never really had those conversations. We just pretty much ignored it. But she knew. All the mothers knew. It sounds like How could you let your son . . but I’m telling you, it was normal. I know about budgets. I was a drug dealer, to be in a drug deal, you need to know what you can spend, what you need to re-up. Or if you want to start some sort of barbershop or car wash—those were the businesses back then. Things you can get in easily to get out of [that] life. At some point, you have to have an exit strategy, because your window is very small; you’re going to get locked up or you’re going to die. Crack was everywhere, it was inescapable. There wasn’t any place you could go for isolation or a break. You go in the hallway; [there are] crackheads in the hallway. You look out in the puddles on the curbs—crack vials are littered in the side of the curbs. You could smell it in the hallways, that putrid smell; I can’t explain it, but it’s still in my mind when I think about it.”

On meeting and dating Beyonce:

“we were just beginning to try to date each other. Well, you know, you’ve got to try first. You got to dazzle . . . wine and dine.”

He responds “of course” when asked if he pursued Beyoncé, and when asked if he hadn’t been Jay Z—say, if he had been a gas-station attendant and she pulled up, would he have been able to date her, he responds:

“If I’m as cool as I am, yes. But she’s a charming Southern girl, you know, she’s not impressed. . . . But I would have definitely had to be this cool.”

On his rap career:

“I know I said I wouldn’t be doing it when I was 30,” he tells Robinson, “so that’s how I know I love it. Thirty years old was my cutoff, but I’m still here, 43 years old.”

To read the full Vanity Fair interview click here.

Via Vanity Fair