The 10 Best Quotes From Part I Of Jay-Z’s Interview With The Breakfast Club


/ July 10, 2013

After a cameo on Hot 97 yesterday, Jay-Z swung through The Breakfast Club today (July 10) for the first time and went through the ringer with Angela Yee, Charlamagne Tha God and DJ Envy. Part I of the interview touched on everything from his latest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail to the golden era of hip-hop and being a businessman. Check out the highlights below.

On his Twitter Q&A
“That was addictive. I can’t be on Twitter. It’s like weed. I like it, but too much of it is not good for me.”

On where MCHG stands in his catalog
“Only fourth place, but fighting for that three, you gotta fight Reasonable Doubt, Blueprint and The Black Album. That’s just hard… It’s very difficult to recreate those times. You can’t bring those times back. Just for it to be so high says what I think about it.”

On the current state of rap
“It’s good music. It’s just you gotta mine for it. Before I felt there was an abundance of it. But that’s what happens with anything successful. People were rapping because they loved to rap, and then it became this huge business, this multibillion dollar business. Big told Puff: ‘You should rap.’ Puff wasn’t a rapper, but he was Puff so… He sold 7 million records of No Way Out. So when people see that, they emulate that. So now you got all kinds of CEO’s rapping. It’s flooded with guys who aren’t rappers. You just gotta mine it.”

On which artist he’s signed that he’s most proud of
“You have to say Kanye West, the most successful at this stage of his career. And his growth and the progress that he’s made is unbelievable. When he first came in, he wasn’t the artist that he is today, but he always aspired to be. From that moment, the moment when he walked through the door, when he was the producer, he had it in his eyes. He was saying stuff like, ‘I am the savior of Chicago!’ And I was like, what are you even talking about? You don’t even have a single.’ But he proved to be prophetic in that way.”

On Memphis Bleek’s career
“It’s almost the little brother syndrome. He had it more so than anybody because he really grew up with me. He really grew up on the third floor in the same projects from me, so he had my shadow on him the whole time. So whether I said those things or not, it was just there. Me saying those things was actually trying to deflect some of it away from him. I wasn’t trying to put more on him. It was just elephant in the room.”

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