Jay-Z Talks ‘Decoded’, Meeting Obama, Kanye West & More With Howard Stern


Earlier this morning, Jay-Z was the guest of honor on Howard Stern’s Sirius Satellite radio show. While remaining cool as a cucumber, Hov managed to avoid falling for the bait and calmy spoke on Decoded, gaining Oprah’s approval, Kanye West, his role in Rihanna’s career and more.

Audio: Jay-Z’s Howard Stern Interview

Jay-Z on meeting Obama:

“He sat down as himself, and I just realized he was a genuine soul and had a genuine curiosity. I think as community organizer it’s his duty to get in touch with the community. He’s not arrogant.”

On Rihanna:

“We actually manage her now. We didn’t manage her before. She actually walked into my office with her lawyer Scott Feltcher who knows Jay Brown—he works with me. When I met her that day, I knew she was a star. She was 16, and I signed her the same day.”

On Kanye’s Taylor Swift Incident:

“If we look back, everyone would agree that he was right. It was bad timing. It was not her fault. It’s not Taylor Swift’s fault. She didn’t nominate, she didn’t elect herself. She just sat there and she had a dream and she’s seeing that dream being realized, and he had the same dream, so he realizes that now. He was fighting for the integrity of the award, and he knows how hard he works on his videos. It was bad timing, but we agreed.”

On Kanye’s Bush comments:

“We all felt like that. We didn’t feel like Katrina was a natural disaster. We felt like it as an attack on black people. All you saw was black people on the roof with help signs.White people felt like that.”