Jay-Z made a surprise appearance at the Hot 97 office and stopped by the Angie Martinez show for an impromptu interview.
Hov spoke about his rumored feud with Kanye West, preventing the leaks of Watch the Throne, the “amazing” video for “Otis,” his Roc Nation roster, and upcoming tour with ‘Ye. Among the highlights…
On reportedly feuding with Kanye over creative differences: “Kanye’s my brother… Yes, we get on each other’s nerves. We push each other to be greater. Of course, there are times when we’re in the studio and we’re yelling. I would never disrespect that man or put my hands on him.”
On Watch the Throne: “I think this album is the perfect album at the perfect time.”
On the Spike Jonze-directed video for “Otis”: “It’s very simple and very amazing.”
On signing his Roc Nation artists including J. Cole & Jay Electronica: “If you gon’ come sign to Roc Nation, just realize that it’s gon’ take a second. I’m into artists, I’m not really into putting a single out.”
On his film partnership with Will Smith: “We did a co-venture between Overbrook and Roc Nation.”
On President Obama: “The President is like the second coolest person in the world [next to me].”