Jay-Z Talks About Almost Signing Lil Wayne, Beyonce’s Fake Pregnancy Rumors & Dame Dash [Video]
Rucuss staffJuly 10, 2013
Jay Z is making the rounds promoting his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail.
Jigga stopped by Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club Morning Show on Wednesday and talked Magna Carta and revealed that he almost signed Lil Wayne to his label. He also talked about how he felt about Weezy taking a shot at Beyoncé, Dame Dash and what he thought about Robert Dinero being pissed that he didn’t return his phone calls.
Hova also shares why he’s qualified to be a sports agent and broke down the Holy Grail for people who may have thought he was rapping about Beyonce cheating on him in the lyrics. Check out excerpts from his interview below.
On almost signing Lil’ Wayne:
“The truth is after I had a meeting with Wayne I had a relationship with Baby. When I used to go to New Orleans I would hang out with him in the purple Prowler going down the street, no top, and people trying to jump in the car. I felt it was only right to call him. I called him out of respect like, ‘Yo, I was talking to Wayne and just letting you know.’ After that I think we received a letter at our office for like, tortuous interference, from a lawyer and I was like, ‘Whoa!’ and it just all went from there. I think I would rather lose that situation and do the right thing than the opposite. Because I think I could’ve signed him and told him after but I did the right thing and I’m cool with that decision.”
On if he was mad at Lil Wayne for taking a shot at Beyonce:
“Nah, it’s a part of the sport and competition. I didn’t take it seriously. I didn’t view it as a threat. I thought it was just a flip of a line that I said because I had said, ‘You ain’t got my wifey money.’ I wasn’t really speaking to him but I guess he’s holding the flag so he did the right thing for his camp. I didn’t take it as a real threat; I took it as a flip of a line.”
On why he became a sports agent:
“For the most part, I’m going to do more for the athlete than what he can do for me. I do this because it’s an extension of the bigger goal. The bigger goal is for all artists to get their due. That’s why those guys are broke in four years….that’s terrible money management. We are a better money management firm than agents.”
On rumors of Beyonce faking her pregnancy:
“That’s probably the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard and the fact that people were running with that and had follow-up stories. At first, I thought it was one of those get press things, let’s run with it for press. Then slowly, I was like, ‘Oh, y’all believe this?’ That’s really messed up because the time when you’re supposed to be most joyous to have to deal with whether you say you care about it or not it’s annoying and you shouldn’t have to deal with that as a human being but that’s the position that we’re in.”
On Dame Dash and his finances:
“Dame is a smart guy. He’ll figure it out. People have to understand, nothing is gonna change the way I feel about Dame. No time or space. I got love for Damon Dash the same way I did before. I don’t know if we can be around each other ’cause times have changed…..but nothing can erase that era. We did something great. We built something that will be talked about forever….”
On why he’s no longer president of DEF JAM:
“I want to do more things that just being able to make music. In that position I was able to foster artist’s career and make money….but I was like yo…I can do more. Before “Beats By Dre” I was like…I can do things like that. But they were like, “Bring some hits.” I was like I gotta move on…my time is being wasted.”
On “Holy Grail” lyrics:
“That song is about fame and the way fame is fleeting. The Holy Grail meaning like you chase this thing, these bright lights and these cameras and then you look back and want everything then end up with nothing. At some point you have to stop yourself. Do that whole first verse is me complaining about it; she cheats on me, she hangs out with Kanye West, Drake, and J. Cole. Then what I do? I took her back.
The second verse is about f*ck fame. It’s not really about anything. So I start to rationalize and it says, ‘There’s people dying back where I’m from,’ like putting it in real perspective. Like, I don’t care about this, people got real life problems where I live or where I grew up. People are dying and getting shot every day. Forty-something people got shot in Chicago. What do I care about being on Envy’s show? Let’s put it all in perspective–I got a good life, I got a great life and whatever comes with it, even the ridiculous rumors, it’s nothing compared to where I’ve been.”
Watch Jay-Z’s interview below.
Photo via Power 105
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