The 17 Best Quotes From Jay-Z’s Hot 97 Interview With Angie Martinez


Fresh off his almost-all-day Twitter Q&A session yesterday, Jay-Z popped into Hot 97 today (July 9) to chat with his longtime bud Angie Martinez and talk all things Magna Carta Holy Grail. Check out the highlights from the interview below (plus audio coming soon).

On the RIAA changing their rules for Magna Carta Holy Grail
“If you did 500,000 digital, 200 thousand, whatever the metrics is, they should certify what’s digital. It should’ve been happening. I was just the agent of change.”

On unveiling his Magna Carta Holy Grail artwork at Salisbury Cathedral
“That wasn’t easy.”

On whether he’s surprised about moves he pulls off
“It’s a bit of business acumen and it’s a bit of believing I can and not being afraid to fail. That holds a lot of people back, that fear of failure.”

On whether he hates failing
“I’m a person that loves winning. [But] I don’t hate to lose. That’s a different personality trait. Some people hate to lose and that drives them.”

On being a father
“[It’s] just more reaffirming the things that’s really important in life and editing your life in such a way that you don’t have anything that’s distracting you. Anything that’s taking away from that time you should be with your child.”

On growing up with both parents
“They were together my early years, till I was 9 or something. That’s what made it worse—’cause I knew. Some people don’t even get to feel that sort of love at all so you can’t miss what you don’t have. It’s still this empty feeling. There’s more of an empty feeling having it then having it taken away from you.”

*UPDATE: Listen to the full interview here.

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