Jay-Z Talks Rumored Feud with Kanye, ‘Watch the Throne,’ & ‘Otis’ Video

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Jay-Z paid a surprise visit to Angie Martinez’s radio show on Hot 97 today. The hip-hop superstar spoke about his rumored feud with Kanye West, preventing the leaks of Watch the Throne, the “amazing” video for “Otis,” his Roc Nation roster, and upcoming tour with ‘Ye. Among the highlights…

On reportedly feuding with Kanye over creative differences: “Kanye’s my brother… Yes, we get on each other’s nerves. We push each other to be greater. Of course, there are times when we’re in the studio and we’re yelling. I would never disrespect that man or put my hands on him.”
On Watch the Throne: “I think this album is the perfect album at the perfect time.”
On what he keeps in his Maybach: Ace of Spades, Nerds candy, an Hermès throw blanket, a couple Yankees hats, and sunglasses.
On President Obama: “The President is like the second coolest person in the world [next to me].”
On the Spike Jonze-directed video for “Otis”: “It’s very simple and very amazing.”
On his film partnership with Will Smith: “We did a co-venture between Overbrook and Roc Nation.”
On signing his Roc Nation artists including J. Cole, Jay Electronica, and Bridget Kelly: “If you gon’ come sign to Roc Nation, just realize that it’s gon’ take a second. I’m into artists, I’m not really into putting a single out.”

Listen to the full interview below.

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Part 4

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37 Comments

  1. mon

    arrogant….who cares?

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    nom Reply:

    @mon, you’re saying that like he hasn’t earned it, and most of his arrogance is stated jokingly. Did you even listen to the interview? He was laughing it up and joking the whole time.

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  2. humberto

    Arrogant, but fcking talanted. I care! lol

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  3. humberto

    *talented

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  4. JMITCH

    i love jay z man he keeps it real. haters want a seat on the throne, they gotta bow first lmao. the tony starks of the rap game, ironman. lyrical assasin. love him and his arrogance. if you dont kill yo self-kevin hart voice

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  5. IKARYSS

    illuminati mason lol just kidding

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  6. love life

    “If you gon’ come sign to Roc Nation, just realize that it’s gon’ take a second” per Jay-Z

    more like decades!

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    Mannnne Reply:

    @love life,
    Right?!

    Man I wish J.Cole was just Def Jam or something…. he’ll never be as big as he could be…dang shame. He holding talent up.

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  7. Cameo

    King…

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  8. JUSTIN

    jay z is so ugly !I dont know what anyone would see in him other than his money. Beyonce is overrated and overexposed ! beyonce needs to stop stealing everybodys shit and getting away with it . if you ask me all these bitches rihanna, lady gaga and brit is overrated . stars like jazmine sullivan monica brandy , tweet, kameelah willians keri hilson swv , hey should be on top not beyonce! beyonce is not original like mj or can she sing like mariah or whitney so why does she get all the fame??????? did she sell her soul?

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @JUSTIN, Kill yourself . Ignorant fucks do not need to live .

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    nom Reply:

    @JUSTIN, you can buy those artists music and support them instead of complaining about others. Beyonce and Jay took certain steps in their careers and released certain songs to catapult them to be on top, thats why they are.

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  10. Alex!

    TOO much swag! I see why B is so attracted to him!

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  11. DRB

    Them fighting about the tour doesn’t surprise. Kanye is over the top in every way possible. Jay always wins out with me because he’s likable, has a good deal intelligence, and isn’t up his own ass.

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  12. bebe/jayfannn

    JAYYY HAHAHA DAT NICCA TOO COOL LUV IT I C WHY BEE ALWAYS BEEN A JAY Z GROUPIE!;)

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  13. marcus aka jayzfan allday

    @justin i know u ugly….why u mad tho dumbass

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  16. TDOT

    Gotta go with Kanye on this one, Jay has a deal with Live Nation and is using Kanye to pay it back.

    Kanye is trying to take stage shows to the next level, that is dope as fuck.

    I’m sure they will compromise with some of Kanye’s huge shows in a few choice cities and a stripped down version for the rest of the tour.

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    DRB Reply:

    @TDOT, Jay has and can tour on his own. If Kanye can’t keep it down, he is also ale to do a tour on his own. They don’t need each other

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  17. DeeJay

    What’s wrong with being arrogant?

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  18. lilkunta

    On his film partnership with Will Smith: “We did a co-venture between Overbrook and Roc Nation.”
    . . . . . . …So that is how Willow got signed to Roc Nation, her Dad did a deal w his movie company! I get it.

    On signing his Roc Nation artists including J. Cole, Jay Electronica, and Bridget Kelly: “If you gon’ come sign to Roc Nation, just realize that it’s gon’ take a second. I’m into artists, I’m not really into putting a single out.”

    . . . . . If that is true then why did Willow Smith release 2 singles?

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    Rita Reply:

    @lilkunta, Willow put out some songs and J. Cole has has too. Who Dat? Work Out? Yeah….

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  19. Rita

    Love Jigga!!! & I love listening to his interviews…especially the “Hot 97″ ones with Angie Mar bc she’s one of few interviewers that can get him to let his guard down publicly. And that’s probably bc they’ve known each other for so long. Some people might use the word “cocky” or “arrogant” to describe him, but I see Jay as “confident” and he’s always been that way. But at the same time, he’s humble too. You can be both. Long before he was anybody he knew he was gonna be somebody & he’s worked hard to get where he is after coming from practically nothing. And it’s like, if you don’t believe you’re the best at what you do or what you want to do, who else will? And most Nycers, especially dudes from Brooklyn that I’ve met, have the same attitude. Love BK guys. They’re known to be awesome. I mean, what woman wouldn’t want & love a man that is smart, funny, cool, and about his m’effin’ business. I see ya Bey! Get it Jay. Haaaa!

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  20. lost1wons

    @Rita, i feel you about Jay Z, it’s easy to say he’s arrogannt or cocky, but truth is, this guy is intelligent…And like most nerdy guys, Jay Z included, aint no getting over them except to say they’re not humble or down to earth. That’s just the poor mans way to knock on him..cuz aint nuthin you can say to stop his flow PERIOD………………………………………………………………………………..But I need for som1 to explain what Jay meant about the xmas card thing, the not so great things?

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  21. Winston Churchill

    Roc nation is going to sink like titanic. i cant believe he said that about singles wow lmaoooo. if i was his artist i’d be like wtf? WHY DIDNT YOU TELL ME THAT BEFORE I SIGNED

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    nom Reply:

    @Winston Churchill, You want him to go the Young Money route? Have a hot single, then the album is completely inconsistent in theme, sound, etc? He’s more into artist development. Berry Gordy did the same at Motown.

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  22. V

    “If you gon’ come sign to Roc Nation, just realize that it’s gon’ take a second. I’m into artists, I’m not really into putting a single out.”

    Ummm Rihanna anyone???

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    Nicole Reply:

    @V, Rihanna is already an established artist that is simply being managed by Roc Nation. J. Cole is a new signee. It will take time for him to get to that Rihanna level, if he’s even meant to be there. Some people aren’t, no matter how talented they are. It’s sad but true.

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  23. .

    this guy is a king

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  24. jOE

    @Nicole, I’m sure J Cole will get there some day. He’s the best thing to happen to hip hop in 5 years

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  25. Hugh

    Jay and Em are the coolest people ever

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  27. Sharp Tongue

    I love me some Jay-Z (Beyonce voice) Anywho Jay is cool in my book I like his interviews.

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