Gwyneth Paltrow got to know her pal Jay-Z a little better. The hip-hop aficionado, who can recite the lyrics to N.W.A.’s “Fuck tha Police,” interviewed the Roc Nation mogul for her website GOOP. The Oscar-winning actress grilled the Brooklyn rapper about which chef, musician, designer, and athlete inspire him and how he became the coolest man on Earth. After reading Jay’s responses, check out his interview with Gwyneth for his site Life + Times.
As someone who has walked through museums with you, eaten with you, heard music with you, I know firsthand how creativity in all areas lifts your consciousness. Do you feel that as a cultural figure of importance it is part of your responsibility to share what inspires you?
I think it’s every human’s job to inspire others, to feed one another’s senses. Inspiration begets inspiration times infinity. Imagine if the person that was inspired to create the phonograph didn’t share it with the world.
In one word answers, name someone or something in food, music, art and design, style, and sports that inspires you today and your favorite spot to be leisurely.
Food: Batali (he’s like a rock star)
Music: MARLEY (the perfect blend of love and gangster)
Art: BASQUIAT (where music and art met and fell in love)
Style: MARC JACOBS (he takes the Bronx experience like 40 below boots and bubble gooses and puts it on the runway)
*Disclaimer: I know it’s one goose 2 geese..
Sports: Muhammad ALI (enough said)
And my favorite spot to be leisurely is wherever family, friends, good food and wine are.
You are the coolest man on Earth, how the f did you get like that?
I’m around great women, starting with my mom. Women keep men cool. The hotter the chick the cooler the guy … that sounds like a really bad rap line!
Check out the rest of the interview here.