On the line between corporate and art
“I can operate in that venue. I can walk that line between putting out great art and getting paid for my art. I ain’t one of those niggas that they can talk to and be like, 'You’re an artist. You shouldn’t have money...' That’s the gas. They hit you with that—'Yeah, I don’t want any money. I wanna be a pure artist!' It’s the music business and any artist... they should just record in their basement and never enter the music business. I just happen to be really good at the music business.”
On the Nas beef and "Ether"
"It was a moment in time that was a great moment for hip-hop, but for us, we really have a good relationship. We laugh. That thing is so far past. And I understand why even today that thing is, I guess, 11 years old and people are still fascinated with it. But it's so far in the background."
On whether he'd do an album with Nas
"Not at this point. Any other collaboration album would have to be with Kanye because there's chemistry there and we already know how we work. I don't really have the time to figure out those situations and how a person works. It's hard to do, especially if you're gonna make something great. The hardest thing ever was going through those R. Kelly albums. You just never know how the situation is gonna turn out."
On the Samsung glitches
"It's never been done before, so you can't anticipate all the things that's gonna happen. The thing that happened with Samsung is a real thing. It was 20 million hits to the app... You couldn't get through. You hit it 20 times. So it was 20 million hits and it broke... It's not a great problem 'cause you want the fan to get that experience, the people that waited... It was a little disheartening to me 'cause imagine that. I can't even imagine waiting for Rakim's album at 12 o'clock and I couldn't get it."
On the new generation of rappers
"I even heard someone say, 'Yo, why Jay won't let Kanye...?' Let Kanye? Kanye is Kanye. He's gonna do what he does. That's a loser's mentality... You gotta be able to compete. Steel sharpens steel. You gotta get out there and you gotta earn your spot. It's not given. It's such a spoiled brat loser's mentality."
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