Jay-Z Defends Kanye, Private Marriage on Howard Stern
Jay-Z made a rare appearance on Howard Stern's Sirius/XM satellite radio show yesterday morning, where he frankly discussed his memoir, 'Decoded,' his relationship with President Obama, and his family. He also defended the tantrums of his former protege, Kanye West, delegating that West has the best of intentions, if not always the best timing.
"It's bittersweet in a lot of ways," he said of West's notorious interruption of Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. "If we look back, everyone would agree that he was right. It was bad timing. It was not her fault. It's not Taylor Swift's fault. She didn't nominate ... she didn't elect herself. She just sat there and she had a dream and she's seeing that dream being realized, and he had the same dream, so he realizes that now. He was fighting for the integrity of the award, and he knows how hard he works on his videos. It was bad timing, but we agreed."
Jay also claimed that he thought Kanye spoke for a large percentage of the population when he infamously accused former President George W. Bush of not liking black people during a televised segment of a 2005 Hurricane Katrina telethon. "It was bad timing, but it was absolutely an honest emotion," Jay continued. "We all felt like that. We didn't feel like Katrina was a natural disaster. We felt like it as an attack on black people. All you saw was black people on the roof with HELP signs....[even] White people felt like that."
Finally, Hov and Howard discussed Jay's marriage to R&B star Beyonce, which he has sought to keep as quiet as possible. "Everyone knows I'm married," he explained. "I just don't discuss it because it's a part of my life that I'd rather keep private ... When your whole life is played out in front of everybody, for your sanity, you need parts that are just yours."