Despite having already built a legacy unlike anyone else, JAY-Z knows that when all is said and done, the way he’s remembered isn’t up to him to decide.
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With that said, in a a rare interview with the UK’s The Sunday Times to promote his Puma partnership, Hov shared his thoughts on the type of legacy he hopes to leave behind, while reflecting on his astonishing 30+ year career in Hip Hop.
When asked what he was most proud of, he answered, “I’m most proud of overcoming my circumstances and providing opportunity for people who look like me and who came from the same situation that I’ve come from.”
Admitting to not being “ beyond ego,“ after claiming to have “no idea,” as to how he thinks he’ll be remembered, J said he hopes “they speak of me with the names of Bob Marley and all the greats. But that’s not for me to say.”
With over three decades of experience under his belt, JAY-Z offered up his opinion on social media, particularly the potential of saying the wrong thing when given a platform as a young person. Also up for discussion, navigating life during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how it actually prompted his family to become more connected than ever.
“You can’t give someone a microphone for 24 hours a day and [have them] not think they have to use it,” he said. “These kids, it’s unbelievable. Imagine having a microphone and you’re asked about social justice questions at 18 years old? It’s like, ‘What? I’m meant to know the answer, and if I don’t answer the correct way, if I don’t say everything right, even if my intentions are right, and I don’t say the same right thing, it’s going to be everywhere.’”
And as for his personal life, when discussing the lockdown, JAY told The Times, “In the beginning, it was time for everyone to sit down and really connect, and really focus on family and being together, and take this time to learn more about each other,” he said. “And then, as it wore on, it’s like, ‘OK, all right, what is the new normal?’ If anything came from this, it’s that we have to recognize that we’re all connected. It’s a metaphor for how connected we are.”
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