The JAY-Z interview is still a rare thing to come by but since the release of 4:44 we’ve been grateful to have at least a few instances of Hov sitting down and sharing his thoughts, namely the Rap Radar Podcast.
This afternoon The Tennessean release their own. JAY talks to fellow-GRAMMY nominated artist Thomas Rhett about the importance of telling the truth in music, music being universal, the songwriting and recording process, mixing genres and more. Listen to and/or read a portion of it below and check it out in full here.
“Yeah, it’s is very difficult, it’s difficult for a lot of reasons,” Jay-Z said. “You don’t want to be vulnerable in front of the world. You feel naked … for the whole world to judge what you’re saying and your truth and sometimes minimize it to a song. Yes, it’s a song. But this is my real life … and people, especially when they are critiquing things, they don’t have the empathy. In the end, the payoff to you as an artist … as someone who is super credible and someone who cares about their craft … far outweighs the difficulty in getting to that point.”