Hov goes to Hot 97 and Power 105 to talk MCHG, Yeezus and more.
After an impromptu Twitter Q&A on Monday (July 8), Jay-Z hit the radio circuit in his hometown. Hov stopped by New York's Hot 97 to talk with Angie Martinez and Power 105.1's the Breakfast Club to chat about his new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, among other current Hov topics.
Of the album, he said he stands by his Twitter proclamation that MCHG is fighting for fourth place in his catalogue. "You gotta fight Reasonable Doubt, Blueprint and The Black Album, that's just hard," he told TBC.
While the album has received the RIAA certified platinum plaque, Jay apologized for the glitches with the Samsung Galaxy app some fans experienced.
"There were 20 million hits to the app … and it broke … it was a little disheartening for me, I couldn't imagine waiting for Rakim's album at 12-o-clock … and at 12-o-clock I couldn't get it, so for me that's not cool, that's a loss, that has to get better, but then again, someone else is going to figure it out … which is cool, that's my job, I took the hit for that."
Acknowledged missteps aside, the innovative approach (#newrules) to the release of MCHG is something the rap mogul is proud of. He also views Kanye West's avant-garde release, Yeezus, as another groundbreaking moment for hip hop.
"I like it … it's polarizing and that's what great art is," Hov told the Breakfast Club. "It forces you to have an opinion ... someone has to experiment and go do it first and artist'll sit back and watch … and they'll perfect the methods and then it all pushes the genre forwards. Which is good, that's what he does, he's like the lightning rod for the culture."
In talking about a former cohort who is currently a controversial figure, Jay-Z addressed his relationship with Dame Dash while talking to Hot 97 and Power 105. Dash, a Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder, has been experiencing some financial troubles of late, which Jay believes he'll find his way out of.
"Dame's a hustler, he'll figure it out," Jay assured. "Nothing's gonna change the way I feel about Dame, no time nor space, I got love for Dame … I don't know if we can be around each other in that way, times have changed, he may be a totally different person, I know I'm a different person, but nothing can erase that era, those times, those memories and those fights that we had to get Roc-A-Fella to where it was."
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