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5 Things to Learn From Jay Z’s Vanity Fair Cover Story

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Jay Z has once again returned to the cover of ‘Vanity Fair’ magazine and he used the feature on his life and times to drop some knowledge on anyone who is reading.

The interview with contributing editor Lisa Robinson for the November issue is an informative piece, as it dives into topics surrounding fatherhood and his daughter (Blue Ivy Carter), how he learned to budget pushing drugs in his younger years, and why things like the ‘Forbes’ article on his earnings doesn’t motivate him.

In reading through the feature, we noticed some choice quotables from Hov are either words to live by or glimpses into his personal life that we’ve never really heard him say before.

On Not Being Motivated by Money

“I’m not motivated by that (‘Forbes’ lists on his earnings). . . . I don’t sit around with my friends and talk about money, ever. On a record, that’s different.”

On Whether or Not Beyonce’s Still a “Good Girl”

“Nah. She’s gangsta now.” Robinson asked this question after hearing the line “She was a good girl ’til she knew me” on ‘Magna Carta… Holy Grail’ track ‘Part II (On The Run)’ featuring Bey.

On Feeling Guilty About Selling Crack

“Not until later, when I realized the effects on the community. I started looking at the community on the whole, but in the beginning, no. I was thinking about surviving. I was thinking about improving my situation. I was thinking about buying clothes.”

On Learning How to Budget From Drug Dealing

“I know about budgets. I was a drug dealer,” [Jay says]. “To be in a drug deal, you need to know what you can spend, what you need to re-up.”

On Which Parent’s Music Blue Ivy Prefers

“That’s not true (referring to Blue Ivy preferring Jay’s music). She does like her mother’s music—she watches [Beyoncé’s concerts] on the computer every night. But my album came out … so we played it. And she loves all the songs.”

You can read the full piece at ‘Vanity Fair.’

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