Jay Z Talks Barack, Blue Ivy & His Influence On Beyonce In Vanity Fair: “She’s Gangsta Now!”
Blue Ivy is definitely Daddy’s little girl.
She may call Beyonce mom, but when it comes to musical tastes it seems Blue has a special place in her heart for Jay Z. Shot by fashion photographer Mario Testino and styled by June Ambrose, the 43-year-old rapper covers the November 2013 issue of Vanity Fair and looks more dapper than ever in a crisp white dinner jacket and leather pants. Inside the magazine, Jigga Man reveals that his bouncing baby girl bounces a little harder when his rhymes hit her ears.
“She does like her mother’s music—she watches [Beyoncé’s concerts] on the computer every night,” Jay Z says. “But my album came out and I don’t know if Blue ever heard any of my music prior to this album—she’s only 18 months old and I don’t play my music around the house. But this album was new, so we played it. And she loves all the songs. She plays a song and she goes, ‘More, Daddy, more…Daddy song.’ She’s my biggest fan. If no one bought the Magna Carta [album], the fact that she loves it so much, it gives me the greatest joy. And that’s not like a cliché. I’m really serious. Just to see her—‘Daddy song, more, Daddy.’ She’s genuine, she’s honest, because she doesn’t know it makes me happy. She just wants to hear it.”
The rapper also opened up about wooing the other most important lady in his life back in 2001. “We were just beginning to try to date each other,” he recalled. “Well, you know, you’ve got to try first. You got to dazzle…wine and dine.”
When asked if he hadn’t been Jay Z—say he had been a gas-station attendant and she pulled up—would he have been able to date her, he responds, “If I’m as cool as I am, yes. But she’s a charming Southern girl, you know, she’s not impressed…But I would have definitely had to be this cool.”
Jay confirms that the line on his latest album, “She was a good girl ’til she knew me” is about Beyoncé, and when asked if she’s not a good girl anymore, Jay laughs, saying, “Nah. She’s gangsta now.”
Despite her tougher skin, Jay-Z says gossip still affects the diva, specifically rumors that she did not give birth to Blue Ivy. “It’s just so stupid,” the “Somewhere In America” rapper said. “You know, I felt dismissive about it, but you’ve got to feel for her. I mean, we’ve got a really charmed life, so how can we complain? But when you think about it, we’re still human beings…And even in hip-hop, all the blogs—they had a field day with it. I’m like, We come from you guys, we represent you guys. Why are you perpetuating this? Why are you adding fuel to this ridiculous rumor?”
When Jay Z loses faith in society, he looks no further than President Obama for renewed inspiration. “[Barack] actually renewed my spirit for America,” Jay Z explains. “It was like, Oh, wow, man, this whole thing about land of the free, home of the…it’s, like, real—it’s going to happen, everyone’s getting to participate in it. But growing up, if you had ever told a black person from the hood you can be president, they’d be like, I could never…If you had told me that as a kid, I’d be like, Are you out of your mind? How?”
For more on Jay Z’s interview with Vanity Fair click here. Based on her musical tastes, do you think Blue Ivy will be a rapper, a singer, or neither?