Jay-Z on The Oprah Show: Full Interview

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Oprah gets Jay-Z to talk about some things that regular Hip-Hop fans might not know about him. Oprah talks about his upbringing, also the use of the word “n*gga” and how they don’t see eye to eye on its verbiage.

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Comments

  • copycat

    Jigga jigga dat nicca jigga….i luv him

  • Pookie

    Argghhh can’t view from work….damn it!!!!

  • uptowngirl

    Nice interview.

  • Bk stand up

    I absolutely love Jay-Z! The realest dude in the rap game hands down. He showed Oprah that not all rappers are ignorant.. I respect jay so much! This Blueprint 3 was so grown man.. I keep it in the CD player.. I been down wit Jigga since 1999.. He the truth and its not denyin it..

  • http://deleted Yasmin

    I love Jay-Z.
    Im glad Oprah Finally Stopped Discriminating.
    I hope She Has More Rappers on Her shOw.
    Get Busy.:)

  • imjustsayin

    JAY-Z IS THE TRUTH!

  • shar

    If that word was not used by black people it would call out all those racists who use it. He has to justify it because of his back catalogue. I used to think like Jay-Z then I evolved.

  • shar

    Shame that Oprah was riding his …. tho. It’s a bit cringe making. This is all PR, I still like Jay Z, he is clever but I am not taken in.

  • Inga's Left Nipple

    Why does he act so uncomfortable during interviews? Well, when he interviews with white people, anyway…

  • BlackSuperior

    And also the N word is wrong I am sorry Jay, He say we use it to change the meaning of the word.

    If that is the case then, if another race use it towards us, then we should not get mad and act like we want to fight. It is stupid to use the word I don’t care how much money you make.

    We keep giving these excuse and it logically don’t make sense. The O was right, that was maybe the last words our black hung men women and children heard and thats got to stand for something.

    I pray for our RACE TO WAKEUP.

  • chaka1

    @shar

    I agree. The older you get, the more your views start to evolve. I strongly disagree with the use of the N-word. We are the only culture that uses such a horrible term to degrade each other in public. When do hear white people calling each white trash as a term on endearment? Jews calling each other k**es? or Hispanics calling each sp**s? Shameful…

  • shar

    @ chaka1
    Thank u – amen of course you can listen to black music and still be racist, he is just stringing words for Oprah to say, “I had a lightbulb moment”. He has to theorise what he does to appeal to all those university educated people.

  • The Official Mrs. Carter

    Through that whole interview all yall focused on was his reasons for not eliminating the N word? I understand Oprah’s position but as a person who uses the word regularly I understand Jay too…Like he said in another interview if a white man called him boy he would be offended…its the intent of the word you may not agree but I understand…I thought it was a good interview and good look for him…I love Jay and has loved him since ’96 I knew that man was going places…lol he looks good, he clever in his responses and he’s humorous…whats there not to like? He’s arrogant?? so what!! I would be too..he’s paid the cost to be the boss…ITS THE ROCCCC!!!!

  • shar

    chaka1

    @shar

    I agree. The older you get, the more your views start to evolve. I strongly disagree with the use of the N-word. We are the only culture that uses such a horrible term to degrade each other in public. When do hear white people calling each white trash as a term on endearment? Jews calling each other k**es? or Hispanics calling each sp**s? Shameful…
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    “I just had a lightbulb moment” haha.
    Thank you, well said. You made me laugh, it’s true. He is protecting his back catalogue. Is he gonna sing those songs at Glastonbury to a mostly white audience and have them repeating it back. In my country you say that word on reality tv and you are white you get shoved off telly. A football commentator lost his job for saying someone was a lazy Nword. And the stupid man did not understand what he said wrong.

  • shar

    chaka1

    @shar

    I agree. The older you get, the more your views start to evolve. I strongly disagree with the use of the N-word. We are the only culture that uses such a horrible term to degrade each other in public. When do hear white people calling each white trash as a term on endearment? Jews calling each other k**es? or Hispanics calling each sp**s? Shameful…
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    “I just had a lightbulb moment” haha.
    Thank you, well said. You made me laugh, it’s true. He is protecting his back catalogue. Is he gonna sing those songs at Glastonbury to a mostly white audience and have them repeating it back. In my country you say that word on reality tv and you are white you get shoved off telly. A football commentator lost his job for saying someone was a lazy Nword. And the stupid man did not understand what he said wrong.

    He also acknowledges about what he has said about women in his songs but he still sings those songs. He has to justify to protect his back catalogue and keep his cred and stay in with his “boys”.

  • shar

    @hi
    I couldnt believe it. and jay z’s answer about the N words was so stupid I bet if some white kid called him the n word he would punch him out just like he punched that girl in the face.______________________________________________

    Lol – he would too.

  • Nick in Atl

    Okay- Jay was feeling himself a little much giving hip-hop credit for being the single most important factor in eliminating racism? Look- white people have always loved our music. Hell, they loved jazz in the 1920’s when we as performers still had to enter through the back door. Now their kids love us- so what. What he’s not realizing is that once he gets to a certain level he’s not just some black guy. He’s the “exceptional” black guy. Every other black person that they see still gets the same derogatory perception. They’re not walking down the street, looking at black folk saying- I respect you now because I idolize Jay-Z or Kanye.

  • dayg715

    …how she gonna play Ludacris and Ice Cube like that? why didn’t jay z call her out on that bullshit? modern day uncle toms.

  • The Official Mrs. Carter

    @hi
    I couldnt believe it. and jay z’s answer about the N words was so stupid I bet if some white kid called him the n word he would punch him out just like he punched that girl in the face.______________________________________________

    Lol – he would too.

    Yeah and if that same white kid said to him ‘come here boy’ he would probably react the same way…

  • peter illyich

    Its all well and good to take a word and as Jay Z said , take away its “power” by adopting it in common usage and using it as a term of endearment ( ? ). Problems arise out of this because whites and other races then think they can use the word, which as we all know, is a big NO NO. The word is still very powerful and degrading to many black people and as much as I admire him, Jay Z is one of the few people out there who could really influence a generation into maybe understanding what that word meant to Oprah’s generation and before that. He chooses to take the easy route and retain his street cred by incorporating the word in his lyrics. Thats the difference between black entertainers today and generations before. The artists from the 40’s,50’s and 60’s all felt a certain responsiblity to uplift their people. The artists today are consumed by money only.

  • wash ya ass

    Jay is the new King of pop

  • yummyumm

    Is this the Jew show or something? I can’t beleive people are actually falling for this mess. This celebration of black wealth in America when it’s all an illusion. Do we not recognize the times we’re living in? Are we really proud of this. I’m ashamed.

  • F@CK IS WRONG WIT DESE BROADS?

    He chooses to take the easy route and retain his street cred by incorporating the word in his lyrics.
    *******************************
    since when did the word give a person street cred?…just sayin…

  • shar

    @F is wrong
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    Oh yeah, that’s right people never hear, rap or sing back other parts of songs. Noel Gallagher was probably at the back of the crowd waiting for the Nword part.

  • hi

    I will give oprah props for putting something in my head during the interview and this just proves how ignorant jay z is.

    she said that she dislikes the N word because in many cases it was probably the last word a man that was black and lynched probably heard. with the killing of the black census taker in the south recently with the noose around his neck makes me just think about how hurtful that word is and Im not even black. the word is hurtful I have never liked it and when I have heard non blacks use it, I make it a point to let them know that I dont like hearing that word, hopefully it helps them think twice about using it again. jay z is perpetrating racism not eradicating it. If I were black there is no way I would want to be grouped as someone ignorant, a mysoginist.

    just like asians have the stereotype of being smart which may or may not be true depending on the person, I would never want to be grouped with someone like jay z his money is all tainted, obtained by doing ppl dirty and degrading women, defending some one like kanye, his little money maker. I cant stand by stupid stuff like that.

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