CBS Announces Premiere Date for JAY-Z and Gayle King Hour-Long Interview

The primetime event will feature never-before-seen footage from the interview with the historically private businessman.

Gayle King’s time spent with JAY-Z touring the rapper’s new Book of HOV exhibit at the Brooklyn Library will now be shared with viewers in a primetime, hour-long event airing on Tuesday (Nov. 14) at 9:00 PM, ET/PT, titled “JAY-Z and Gayle King: Brooklyn’s Own.”

The presentation will feature never-before-seen footage from King’s three-hour interview with the 24-time Grammy-winning emcee at the Brooklyn Public Library.  This includes segments from a 2002 “60 MINUTES II” interview, capturing a younger JAY-Z at the threshold of becoming the influential mogul he is today.

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The Brooklyn native discusses growing up in the city’s Marcy Houses, early life difficulties that affected him, and how he used music as a way out. “The fact that people go there and, like, take pictures in front of this is just amazing to me 'cause this, you know, the Marcy Houses that I grew up, it was not a tourist attraction,” the industry veteran said, recalling seeing someone shot when he was just nine years old.

The “4:44” rapper also discusses how his focus has shifted from making music to helping others improve their futures.

“I think what matters most is, today, is, being a beacon and helping out … my culture. People of color. I think I pull the most satisfaction from that. Like making music earlier was, like – my first love. I could sit there for hours. It consumed me. Just finding words and figuring out words and how to say this and different ways to say that and different pockets and melodies and how to write this song,” JAY-Z said.

“That consumed me. That’s why my pace was so fast. I had so much material … And I think now, you know, the idea of, of taking that platform and, you know, reproducing it for others or doing something like Reform ... I think I derive the most joy from that.”

“JAY-Z and Gayle King: Brooklyn’s Own” will be broadcast on the CBS Television Network and stream on Paramount+ (live and on-demand for Paramount+ with Showtime subscribers or on demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers.)

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