Guest Star: "Jay-Z & I Have A Rapport Because We've Done A Lot Together" -Toure

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 1:50PM

Written by SOHH for Toure

During my sit-down with Jay-Z last fall when he was doing the Madison Square Garden show, I had 20 minutes with him, that's the amount of time I had with him for an interview. And 20 minutes isn't really enough to make a half-hour TV show out of but Jay and I have a rapport because we've done a lot of things together.

We've done two Rolling Stone covers, we did a big Rolling Stone interview at the beginning of his career and I can remember we did this interview at this old Roc-A-Fella office that was empty. It was so empty that they were like playing football in the office because there was nothing there. And then he was like, "I'm going back to Brooklyn so I'll drive you home." Do you know how many times this happened in my career from an artist that will drive me home from an interview? We hung out and played poker. He knows me and I know him.

We definitely have a vibe when we get talking so the 20-minute interview became a 45-minute interview and out of 45-minutes, FUSE was able to make a 22-minute show which was kinda hot and appealing and open. We sat down and talked about a lot of different things that were not just casual questions and so I was able to ask him those non-typical types of questions like when I brought up him responding to Jim Jones' diss. The interview was very candid and honest and when FUSE put that on the air as just a one-off special with Jay-Z type of interview, other artists saw it and were like, "Yo! We want to do that!"

So after that, people started calling and out of that one-off situation, "On The Record" was born.

Toure is an American novelist, music journalist, cultural critic, and television personality based in New York City. He is a contributor to MSNBC's the Dylan Ratigan Show and the host of the Hip Hop Shop and On the Record on Fuse TV.

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