In an exclusive interview with BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, Lowe and Jay Z talk about the making of “Magna Carta… Holy Grail” amongst a range of other intimate topics.
In an interview-turned-documentary, each part of the interview was shown through four videos over the course of last week, and showed the two discussing the album, fame, business and politics, and last but not least, family and the future.
Hit play and get ready to be intrigued by Mr Carter.
Part One: Magna Carta… Holy Grail.
Kicking off the interview, Jay Z speaks about his four-day argument with Kanye West, falling out with Timbaland, and the organic fusion of the single ‘BBC’ from his new album. Crazy.
“You have to put [your] ego aside. I’m putting all ego aside. Everyone has to put ego aside for the sake of the project.”
Part Two: Fame
In the second part, Hov reflects on Roc-A-Fella’s glory days and the process behind the MCHG album, the meaning of its verses, and the delicate relationship with fame.
“I’ve seen it happen before. I’ve seen all the pitfalls, and I’m playing with it. I’m playing this dance with fame and I know it’s like playing with a drug. It’s very deadly. If it gets you, it’s going to pull you in. It’ll take you somewhere dark and some people never come back from it…”
Part Three: Business and Politics
Part Three sees Jay Z speak in detail with Zane Lowe on his Roc Nation endeavours and political views. Sharing information in regards to the label as a brand, signed artists and transitioning the company for the sports world, Hov invites fans into a world he’s mostly kept secret until this point. This part I found the most interesting – particularly hearing about his relationship with (US President) Obama.
“You can always strive to be great. You can always strive to do great things.”
Part 4: Family
Part Four sees an exclusive discussion where Jay talks about his daughter Blue Ivy and how her presence has affected his songwriting in terms of storytelling for the Magna Carta… Holy Grail album, if it’s possible for him to walk away from a life he loves, and a possible tour with Beyonce in the future?
“When you do something for [that] long, you love it. It’s what you do. It’s who you are. It’s part of who you are as a person.”