Rapper and mogul Jay-Z sat down with Dean Baquet, Executive Director of the New York Times, for an intimate conversation about rap, therapy, marriage, politics and being a black man in Trump’s America.
This is probably Jay-Z’s most introspective, transparent and mature interview yet and he hasn’t done many but that’s still saying a lot. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the entire thirty-five minute interview. I’m encouraged to know that we live in an age where any of us can teach wisdom and maturity to our children and give them access to wisdom beyond their years and even beyond our own experiences without all the heartache that comes with making foolish decisions. Kudos to Jay-Z for dropping the knowledge he’s acquired. Let me know what you think of the interview?
Baquet says to Jay-Z: One of the things you rap about also is the pain you caused the people you sold drugs to. Have you ever had conversations with people like, that you caused pain to as a young man and talked about it?
Jay-Z Responded: Nothing’s impossible. I guess that conversation would definitely take ownership for my part in, um, you know, the part I played in occupying that space. Because knowing what I know now, you know, you can’t sacrifice others for your life. There’s a karmic debt that has to be paid. Had I had the level of consciousness then that I have now, things would have turned out differently. And just knowing that … I definitely want everyone to know that.