News: Jay-Z Talks Racism, His Late Father & Secret Beyonce Marriage, "Oprah Show" Interview Debuts [Video]
Thursday, Sep 24, 2009 5:55PM
Jay-Z's highly-anticipated "Oprah Winfrey Show" interview has landed online showing the rap mogul speaking on a variety of topics including racism, his late father and secret marriage to Beyonce Knowles.
Hov began the interview by touching on the importance of music helping break down racial barriers.
"For the music, when you go to a club, there's no white or black club because the music brings everyone together," Hovi told Oprah Winfrey. They're enjoying the same type of music although we're not directly speaking to racism, the music itself is the driving force behind it...It's difficult to teach racism because racism is taught from the home. It's difficult to teach that when someone idolizes Jay-Z or Kanye West, it's difficult to say that person is less than you or different than you when you can relate to their music or their struggle or if you're a fan of their music...My mom had set up a meeting with [my late father] and I didn't want to do it. I had so many disappointments, 'You were supposed to come see me when I was younger.' ... I got a chance to really tell him everything that's on my mind, how I felt, how him leaving made my feel and we dealt with it and from there I was able to free myself, it allowed me to express myself and bring people in again..." ("The Oprah Winfrey Show")
While staying brief, Jay also explained why he and Beyonce's marriage has been kept on the low.
"When you live your life so out in the public, then your music and life are on display," Hov added. "You need to separate from it. You can't be in that light all the time. You need some type of escape from it. And that's one thing that's sacred and not in the public eye." ("The Oprah Winfrey Show")
A portion of Jay's interview landed online last week and showed him discussing his method of writing rhymes without paper and a pen.
"Yeah, I was working on it," Hov jokingly told Oprah about writing lyrics in his head. "Yeah, we work through it. It's almost like an exercise. I used to write so much, you get these flows of creativity, you know, and if your'e accustomed to doing something even if you're not in the house anymore. You know, I was away and out in the street and I was still getting all these ideas so I had to memorize 'em. And the more I memorized them, you know, every single day, it built up my memory. Like anything, if you do one push-up, then ten, you know. You build, I built the muscle." (YouTube)
Reports of Hov appearing on Oprah's show began to circulate in late August.
The two stars conversed last month at the rapper's old stomping grounds, Marcy Projects, and Jay-Z took Winfrey to his grandmother's old home in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. Winfrey appeared smitten by Jay-Z's charm telling Gayle King during a radio interview that the two were now best friends. (MTV)
Check out a portion of the interview below: