Jay Z talks about his family life and its influence on his music, as well as his relationship with Kanye West.
Hov expanded the content of his music in Magna Carta Holy Grail, with the birth of Blue Ivy, we see Jay find a focus on fatherhood and his desire to be a good parent. As a writer, Jay explains in the interview how having a child gave him that new-found energy and focus.
"I'm a writer," Jay Z said. "So, literally, I'm saying, 'the birth of my child gave me this new energy and focus' so 'Blue told me to remind you' but just the energy and focus. She obviously can't say, 'Fuck the shit y'all talkin' 'bout. My dad's the one.' She's 17 months. I mean, [laughing], she's amazing but come on. So, I'm using a metaphor to say that her energy and presence gave me the focus again to remind you exactly who I am.'"
Jay Z went on to discuss how he has to learn to balance his work schedule and family life, which is an added complication."I'm tryna put up a tour and I'm tryna align the schedules now. I woulda just done the tour, I woulda just announced it today on the show, but I have to make sure my schedule can align properly and it's work, it's not this care-free we gunna put up 100-and-whatever shows and be gone for four years, it has to be carefully mapped. There's two entertainers in the house so that has to also be considered," Hov explained.
After discussing his relationship with Beyonce and the possibility of the power couple doing a joint tour (it's out there, but can't be "gimmicky" Jay says), Hov discussed his relationship with Kanye and the Watch The Throne tour.
"It actually was really easy because of the relationship," Jay said of being on tour with 'Ye. "It's always been a big brother thing and a respect thing. It's always a good experience but he's gonna challenge everything because he's really trying to test it and poke holes to make sure that it stands up to the test, which is good. I admire that. It kind of works for me."
Watch the fourth part of his interview below.