Jay Z Talks Selling Crack, Courting Beyonce, and Blue Ivy “Joy” in Vanity Fair

Truth rating: 10
(Mario Testino for Vanity Fair)

By Michael Lewittes

(Mario Testino for Vanity Fair)

Jay Z opens up in the November issue of Vanity Fair about his early life as a crack dealer, how he pursued Beyonce and what Blue Ivy thinks of his music. While Beyonce says their 18-month-old daughter prefers Jay Z’s music to hers, the rapper tells the mag, “That’s not true. She does like her mother’s music — she watches [Beyonce’s concerts] on the computer every night.”

But he admits Blue Ivy “loves” his new album, sharing, “She plays a song and she goes, ‘More, Daddy, more… Daddy song.’ She’s my biggest fan. If no one bought the Magna Carta, the fact that she loves it so much, it gives me the greatest joy.” The performer goes on to talk about growing up in the projects in Brooklyn, revealing, “Crack was everywhere — it was inescapable. There wasn’t any place you could go for isolation or a break. You go in the hallway; [there are] crackheads in the hallway. You look out in the puddles on the curbs — crack vials are littered in the side of the curbs. You could smell it in the hallways, that putrid smell; I can’t explain it, but it’s still in my mind when I think about it.”

Jay Z says he sold crack but never used it, and tells the magazine he didn’t feel guilty about drug dealing until later on in life. “In the beginning… I was thinking about surviving. I was thinking about improving my situation. I was thinking about buying clothes,” he explains. The “Otis” singer also discusses how he went after Beyonce in 2001, saying “of course” he pursued her — rather than the other way around. Jay Z reveals her had to try pretty hard to get the pop star, sharing, “You got to dazzle… wine and dine.” Asked about the rumors that Beyonce was faking her pregnancy, he says, “I don’t even know how to answer that. It’s just so stupid. You know, I felt dismissive about it, but you’ve got to feel for her.”

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