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 HermÃ¨s 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.