Jay-Z Draws Comparison Between Running Roc Nation & Having Kids

According to Hov, he's got the parenting thing in the bag.

Jay-Z will become a father in the coming months, but according to him, he already has experience in that department.

"I think running a label is a bit like having kids," Hov told MTV News in New York while promoting two charitable Carnegie Hall concerts in February.

The Roc Nation CEO's answer came in response to criticism that he could have done more to endorse J. Cole, who dropped his debut, Cole Word: The Sideline Story, in September. "When you know someone needs more help, you help them," Jigga said. "When you see that someone can make it on their own ... you see Kanye or J. Cole, you see that sort of talent — you let that talent be. You let that talent find its way."

"I think running a label is a bit like having kids," said Jay in an interview with MTV News. 

Jay explained his notoriously hands-off approach to his artists, chronicled in songs such as Kanye West's "Big Brother."

"When you know someone needs more help, you help them," he explained. "When you see that someone can make it on their own ... you see Kanye or J. Cole, you see that sort of talent — you let that talent be. You let that talent find its way."

"Of course you're not gonna let any harm befall it," he added. "You pretty much let people find their way."

"I'm just really here to provide opportunity. I'm not here to do anything else."

Watch the interview below:

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29 Comments

  • weswes

    dumb fucks, this is about him commenting that running a label is like having kids. not whether he's the GOAT. And no jigga, running a label IS NOT like raising a kid. your success in life does not determine wether you'll be a great parent. Look at all these fuken rich kids getting busted for stupid shit. BECAUSE their big time lawyer, doctor, or CEO parent is too busy to be there.

  • Negro

    "I think running a label is a bit like having kids," Hov told MTV News in New York while promoting two charitable Carnegie Hall concerts in February. The Roc Nation CEO's answer came in response to criticism that he could have done more to endorse J. Cole, who dropped his debut, Cole Word: The Sideline Story, in September. "When you know someone needs more help, you help them," Jigga said. "When you see that someone can make it on their own ... you see Kanye or J. Cole, you see that sort of talent you let that talent be. You let that talent find its way." "I think running a label is a bit like having kids," said Jay in an interview with MTV News.

  • GAY-Z

    See I got the nam "Roc Nation" becuase I am a puppet of the Rockafeller family! Also I am a Freemason leading the sheep to there slaughter. I support Satanism, Demonic Beings, Pagan Gods, and mostly Lucifer. And yes Beyonce's pregnancy is fake, we are adopting a child from the Illumiatti bloodline! Haha Suckers!

  • Sean O'Loughlin

    Fuck all these ignorant-ass haters. They dumb as fuck. Who in the history of hip-hop has had so much relevance and longevity like this man?! 11 #1 albums in a row, 14 if you add the collaboration albums (and no, I'm not talking about no damn Hip-Hip/R&B album charts, I'm talking 'bout Billboard 200, fucks). A net worth of half a billion. Dude owns a clothing line, a nightclub chain, a record label, co-owns an NBA team, Carol's Daughter, probably has numerous business ventures we don't even know about. He's Forbes' perennial Cash King. Dude is chillin' with Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, guys who are the top 4 richest men in the world. He's been paid to endorse GM, HP, Budweiser and others, and the only free advertising via references in his songs is for brands like Maybach. If you're gonna hate on Hov, do it somewhere where ignorance is condoned. If you dislike him so much, why click on these articles that are about this man you dislike so much and talk shit?! Oh, I know why. You's a hater. And they call us dick-riders. Y'all must be dick-riding hard to even click on every article and talk shit. Don't be mad 'cause he's getting cheddar and is doing what he needs to do to support him, his woman and now child. You disrespectful fucks. R.O.C.! They runnin' this rap shit! 15 years and runnin', nigga!

    • kself

      Word! What's the point of hatin on this cat? Jay has done and conquered everything. The only reason why folks hate him is because he's been king for so long; if he were a nobody, nobody would care. The hate he engenders suggests to me that he's still the best in the game--not anyone from Young Money, and not [insert name here]. Maybe a good comparison is Jay and Muhammad Ali in his prime. Everybody hated Ali and wanted to see him lose, but of course, he kept winning. Sound familiar?

    • Sean O'Loughlin

      You guys are fucking retarded. He's not even officially a dad yet and you're criticizing how he is as a dad. You dumb-ass bitch. How can you even say you're a better dad than he could ever be when the baby hasn't even come out of its womb yet? And to the anonymous cunt, what the fuck does this have to do with 2Pac?! Y'all niggas ain't even making sense. Y'all just hating just to hate. SMH.

    • Daddy

      Yeah but I'm a better father than he could ever dream of being

    • Anonymous

      ONE WORD YOU IGNORANT PUNK----- TUPAC 2PAC

  • daviddanielZ

    I can tell all of the hate towards Jay is coming from the young cats that have no idea about real life. Jay has done more for the hiphop culture then anyone of your favorite artist. I understand jealousy is a mother fucking but find your talent and focus on it. Maybe one day you to could be someone. (((((Jay-Z Greatest Alive)))))

  • Anonymous

    this guy is full of shit NAS IS TEN TIME BETTER U FAKE

  • Gasface

    Stupid Mothafucka!! Until he takes a DNA test how can he be so sure that he is the father

  • BlazeDatIshUp

    So this is coming from a guy who signs artists uses them then throws them away or lets them sit, much like diddy does. They basically pimp their artists and use them to futher their own career, make money off them and put their face out there, then it's on to the next flavor of the month. Now if you compare being a parent to that, the kid is really in for some fucked up shit...

    • Lol

      Isn't that the point of signing people to your label? To better the label and have them help your craft while you help theirs. He signed Kanye to the ROC because he knew he could make hot beats, turns out Kanye's one of the best selling artists as of late. He signs J. Cole because he sees that talent in him. Stop hatin', man. It's mostly for the betterment of Hip-Hop

  • Mr Flamboyant

    Sam Hurd got caught up thinking he was Big Meech...Larry Hoover.

  • Anonymous

    Rich and famous but still a dead beat dad. Smh. Dude has no clue what he's in for. It don't matter no way the nanny will be the one taken care of it just like every other celebrity and their kids.

  • REDNMEF

    Calm brother...calm. Plenty of rappers have something to say. Btw the Bluepint is a classic. Illmatic then All Eyez On Me then The Blueprint.

  • rtj00

    Who gives a fuck! we are having our rights taking away from us and you fucking rappers have nothing to say! fuck all of you!!

  • 1st time comment

    I'm just saying, the first sentence of paragraphs 2 and 3 are the exact same. Even if Jay said it to another outlet, would it be worth a whole new paragraph?

  • ItsTheTruth

    1. Reasonable Doubt 2. The Blueprint 3. The Black Album Throw away the rest...

  • Anonymous

    I'd believe this. Much like a child, Memphis Bleek never could do shit without his parents around.

  • thought dog

    Is this tmzdx.com now?

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