On “N’s in Paris” not being as boastful as it sounds:
“It’s not, like, ‘We’re here! We’re balling harder than everybody,’ ” he says. “It’s like, ‘I’m shocked that we’re here.’ Still being amazed, still not being jaded. Having so much fun and then stopping and saying, ‘What are we doing here? How did we get here?’ “
The key line, Jay says, is the one that goes If you escaped what I escaped, you’d be in Paris getting f***ed up too.
“I’ve known so many people that didn’t make it,” he says. “Most people can look at a picture of the kids they grew up with and it’s like, ‘Oh yeah—Adam went away to Harvard.’ This is a whole different conversation.”
Hey, we loved the song even when everybody thought it was blatant boasting. But it’s good to hear he’s grateful and humble.
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