"Man Of The Year"
Hip-Hop icon Jay-Z covers the latest issue of GQ magazine as one of their 2011 "Man Of The Year" honorees.
Jay-Z shares the distiction of being GQ's "Man Of The Year" for 2011.
This month, Jay stars on one of four special covers (Mila Kunis, Michael Fassbender, Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon are also featured), celebrating this year's honorees.
In the article, Jay opens up about what it's like working with a perfectionist like Kanye West.
“I think he just can’t help himself. He puts so much into everything, and he’s like, ‘You have to treat it like I treat it.’ It drives you crazy sometimes—like when you’ve put seventy-five versions of a snare on one song and he’s like, ‘No!’ and you’re like, ‘Come on, man.’ ”
When asked if he had any say in the MTV VMAs plan to reveal he and his wife, Beyonce's baby news, he said: “It was actually Bey who wanted to [announce] it. You want to be in control of your life." He also said he will "100%" be changing diapers.
And in one of the most revealing moments of the interview, Jay reveals the scar it left when his father walked out on their family.
“If your dad died before you were born, yeah, it hurts—but it’s not like you had a connection with something that was real. Not to say it’s any better—but to have that connection and then have it ripped away was, like, the worst. My dad was such a good dad that when he left, he left a huge scar. He was my superhero.”
“[I talked about] what it did to me, what it meant, asked him why. There was no real answer. There was nothing he could say, because there’s no excuse for that. There really isn’t. So there was nothing he could say to satisfy me, except to hear me out. And it was up to me to forgive and let it go.”
Sounds like Jay is really focusing on fatherhood now. Gotta love that grown swag...