On re-signing with Def Jam again
“50 said to me when Jay became president and I went back to Def Jam, ‘I will triple Jay’s offer to you if you come with me. What’s your allegiance to this dude?' This is who I come from. It’s in my DNA."
On the day she lost her hearing
“It was the morning of the funeral, so imagine. I was in Brooklyn. I wasn’t home in Jersey. This was my mom’s younger sister, she passed away from cancer. And Jay was leaving to go out of the country and found out, cancelled his trip and said, this is family. I need to be here... When I woke up [on the morning of the funeral] it was so quiet. It was a quiet you would never know. It was a quiet that I’ve learned to make work for me now, because I had to mentally find a way to flip it to my advantage and say, well, the serenity that I hear when I have that moment, I can sit down and read a book. I can sit down and create and I don’t hear the normal wind. There was absolutely no sound. It’s a sound that will drive you crazy. Jays the funeral, my family’s at the funeral... I got on my knees... I said, ‘God, what’s happening to my world?’”
On telling Jay-Z she’d lost her hearing
“He’s there [at the church] waiting and he’s like, ‘I have to talk to you.’ I can’t pick up the phone ’cause I can’t hear so I just go straight there. He tells me something in my ear, and I say, 'Jay, I can’t hear you'... I’ve never seen him that emotional. He looked broken. He said, ‘Can you hear?’ I said, ‘No.’”
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