Jay-Z Details Relationship With Kanye West, Explains Fatherhood's Effects

Jay-Z also shares significance behind "Tom Ford" and goes further into the dynamics of his relationship with Kanye West.

In the final installment of this four-part interview, Jay-Z spoke about fatherhood, his relationship with Kanye West and his work with Timbaland on "Tom Ford." Jay explained how the Timbo collab came about and how "easy" it was to work with Yeezy. 

"I'm a writer. So, literally, I'm saying, 'the birth of my child gave me this new energy and focus' so 'Blue told me to remind you' but just the energy and focus. She obviously can't say, 'Fuck the shit y'all talkin' 'bout. My dad's the one.' She's 17 months. I mean, [laughing], she's amazing but come on. So, I'm using a metaphor to say that her energy and presence gave me the focus again to remind you exactly who I am.'" 

After speaking on fatherhood, Jay took on "Tom Ford." 

"This one came midway through," he shared of track. "This was about halfway through and it had a different hook... I loved the beat but that [hook] was so typical to me. It was like, 'Aw, that's just too...' So once I got rid of that - it took me awhile to get it out of my mind and then once I got it out of my mind - it was like, 'This is Tom Ford.' ... Almost like saying something is dope, not just a suit." 

He then revealed a bit about his time with Kanye West in the making of Watch the Throne.  

When told that witnessing the two perform was "an amazing experience," Jay-Z replied "For you!" with a chuckle. 

"I'm just playing," he clarified. "It actually was really easy because of the relationship. It's always been a big brother thing and a respect thing. It's always a good experience but he's gonna challenge everything because he's really trying to test it and poke holes to make sure that it stands up to the test, which is good. I admire that. It kind of works for me." 

In the interview with BBC Radio 1, Jay also discussed fatherhood and Beyonce. For more of that, check the interview clip below.

In part one of the series, Jay-Z spoke about Magna Carta Holy Grail, Timbaland and his growth. Part two dealt with fame's impact and effects and part three focused on politics, racism and sexism

RELATED: Jay-Z Speaks On Racism, Sexism & Support For President Obama


  • kool man

    There are 100'of rappers out their doing their thing but your site talks about 5 people .......jayz, kanye, 2 chains, J cole, Kendrick Lamar.........There is way more to our culture than just radio cats..... Please promote cats that need it and help them get some shine....HIP HOP IS NOT ON THE RADIO !!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    'Son sayin I dont pop mollyI rock Tom Ford like those two things is related n shit Shit is like if somebody offer you a glass of water n you like NAH I ALREADY READ A BOOK.' /Big Ghost/

  • Papi

    Kanye and JayZ blow each other that's their relationship.

    • Anonymous

      Look at this faggot telling the world about his dreams.

    • Papi a bitch

      You wrote your foolish comment after reading Hov's lyrics your past, present and future gens will never right. For your info Hov is the best rapper, mc what are you call it ever to touch the mic.

    • Anonymous

      and you know this because you watched them

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  • SDK

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  • SDK

    I remember when I was young Feeling sick on Sunday morning I don't wanna do it anymore Standing in a line with a dirty mind Clean it up on Sunday morning I don't wanna do it anymore One day a week we turn the cheek Oh, how we'd kneel down Oh, we were so quiet Never any light there I don't care, it's not right there Get up early, do your hair Sunday best on Sunday morning I don't wanna see it anymore Tea and toast in the social hall We had it all on Sunday morning I don't wanna see it anymore We come in fear , to worship here (x2) It's wrong to feel, It's wrong to care You must not steal, you must not swear I don't wanna do it anymore I don't wanna see it anymore

  • SDK

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  • SDK

    There was a time when Broken hearts and broken dreams Were over There was a place where All you could do was Wish on a four leaf clover But now is a new time There is a new place Where dreams just can't come true It started the day when I left you

  • SDK

    Today I saw somebody Who looked just like you She walked like you do, I thought it was you As she turned the corner, I called out your name I felt so ashamed When it wasn't you, Wasn't you, oh You are everything and everything is you Oh, you are everything and everything is you Oh, you are everything and everything is you How can I forget When each face that I see Brings back memories of being with you? I just can't go on living life as I do, Comparing each girl to you, Knowing they just won't do, They're not you, oh You are everything and everything is you Oh, you are everything and everything is you Oh, you are everything and everything is you You are everything and everything is you Oh, you are everything and everything is you Oh, you are everything and everything is you You are everything and everything is you Oh, you are everything and everything is you Oh, you are everything and everything is you

  • SDK

    Now I know you couldn't wait to hear kiss over premier kill you on tape then, watch it over a beer cause you aint nothing but a movie with extensive footage that's the reason they gon' leave you with extensive bullets Aint non of ya'll better than lox Have all of ya'll dressed up in a suit dead in a box me and my niggas get reder than fox and i don't care if i love you i still want head of the drop Niggas runnin' round talkin' that Y-2-K shit Crackheads'll still gon' want that gray shit that's why ima always cop the yay quick so i suggest all of ya'll stay off jay dick Too hard for MTV Not black enough for BET Just let me be Give me all my royalty money and let me greed and ima have hoes for six and hash for three

  • SDK

    Give me a ticket for an airplane I ain't got time to take a fast train Oh ,the lonely days are gone I'll be right home My baby she wrote me a letter I don't care how much money I got to spend I won't find my way home again Oh the lonely days are gone I'll be right home My baby, she wrote me a letter She wrote me a letter Said she couldn't live with out me no more Listen to me mister I gotta get back to My baby once more Anyway

  • SDK

    Sometimes a love won't let go Hard as I try I know it shows Everybody's telling me You'll be over her eventually But how am I supposed to feel so secure When I keep wonderin' Who's holding Donna now And I keep wonderin' Who's heart she's knocking around There's nothing I wouldn't do To be in his shoes somehow And I keep wonderin' Who's holding Donna now And I keep wonderin' What magic can be found To turn me back to the one Who's holding Donna now The letter started with goodbye I've read it half a million times Tell me this is just a dream When I wake up she'll be here next to me Tell me it will be just the way it was, oh Well I keep wonderin' Who's holding Donna now And I keep wonderin' Who's heart she's knocking aound There's nothing I wouldn't do To be in his shoes right now And I keep wonderin' Who's holding Donna now And I keep wonderin' What magic can be found To turn me back to the one Who's holding Donna now

  • SDK

    Martin had a dream, Hov got a team My chain already heavy, don't let me get a ring Parades down Flatbush, Confetti on my fur Turn right in Red Hook, niggas heavy on the curb See most my niggas died early twenties or late teens I'm just trying to come from under the thumb of this regime 1% of a billion more than niggas even seen Still they wanna act like it's an everyday thing, clean

  • deviner92

    this interviewer is brutal...way too casual, trying to be cool. Shut up and let him answer your unthoughtful questions

  • SDK

    Motherfuckers can't rhyme no more, bout crime no more Til I'm no more, cause I'm so raw My flow expose holes that they find in yours Wasn't for me, niggas still be dying for whores But I hate when a nigga sit back, admirin yours Young blood you better get that, we frying because Niggas don't want to be confined to riding the iron horse And don't listen to the rappers, they dying to floss I used to be O.T., applyin the force Shoot up the whole block, then the iron I toss Come back with the click playing Diana Ross I'm the boss and this is how it's gonna be Burnt the turnpike, wild miles on the V I got mouths to feed till they put flowers on me And kiss my cold cheek, chicks crying like I was Cochise Tombstone read 'He Was Holdin No Leaks' Started from the crack game and then so sweet Freaked it to the rap game, Jigga the O.G On MTV, telling em how I sold D And used to bag work up out of apartment 4-B Me and my homie, started out coldies Picked the mailbox lock cause I ain't have no key Had the cable with the anchor when Jaz made 'Sophie' Then I went low key, but now I'm back it's on Motherfuckers Jigga, uh-huh, yeah Roc-A-Fella y'all Uhh, feel this

  • SDK

    I'm done talking Ran up in the spot gun smoking Shot it in the air, one woke him Son soaking, sweating in his bed like dun' loc'in! Thinking to himself what done provoked him His thoughts is racing like a vulcan I swear I saw a lightbulb when He finally realized who was the culprit I said yeah, remember me from Friend or Foe when I told you don't ever ever come around here no more Time to pay now, you try to rise, I wave the gun - lay down This time you're really going to listen to Jay now I try to talk sensibly, hoping that eventually you realize I had this locked and it just wasn't meant to be Plus I had sympathy when we all bought rims with your keys And it was an afterthought that maybe you'll try to avenge me But I was like "Nah", Homes had to know he was wrong And if you caught me on the foul now you would sing me the same song Plus you promised And that's really no fun And here I find you in this Motel 6 with all these guns And all your goons, lined up in adjoining rooms Like some wild cowboys coming to get me at high noon But my mind's like a flower in bloom Peep how my eyes just scour the room I'm alert, plus I paid the clerk I got it laid out You think you the first nigga I played out, in a 2 hotel town? Come on now, I peeped your Lexus AS you Left the exit got some niggas on that side of the town Money well invested, rudely interrupted Jamaican accents (Boy you know who you dun fucked with?) A gun in your face and that's all you can come up with? I'm done talking, back up and clap them, one in the abdomen Do me a favor dude, get 2 ice cubes I pass them Take that ice up, for the nicest MC And please yo, tell BIG, he's unbelievable Friend or foe

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  • Chad Aroo

    This series of Jay-Z interviews is amazing. #tomford.

  • pac

    jayz killed tupac killuminati

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  • Ghostly

    Jay-Z sucks man. His new album didn't impress me at all. Decent beats, and lyrics were too bad. But the delivery was lacking hard. Wasn't feeling his shit at ALL. He's almost talking on the mic.. smh

  • Jay-Z fan

    Im probably the biggest Jay fan of all time...but yall are saturating this website with him damn!

  • Yooo He's 6'2

    Hows he fit in that new bugatti?

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  • Loon The Realist

    together with my homie Gucci Mane we are the realest ever. i aint talking on records about selling dope i sell dope in real life! Talking about jail nigga? I do jailtime 14 years! Not like faggot Prodigy and Wayne 2 years.

  • Harrison Ford

    I thought the song was about me. I hate rap!

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  • Jay z fans suck

    jay z fans are the worst when defending him they bring up album sales and money for his crappy music these days then they go on and attack lil wayne who's fans use the same defence but they say that money and sucess doesn't equal rap skills. Jay z fans are a bunch of real hiphop fan wannabes like everyone else.

  • Anonymous

    Notice how he immediately goes to the big brother and respect card. Ye's making music for aliens and he's talking about respect and admiration like Ye doesn't believe he's a better artist than Jay.

  • Anonymous

    Crazy how Jay has matured. I've never been a big Jay fan but dude has gained my respect the past couple of years because of his business mind. His little girl has changed him for the better now and can careless what others think of him. He's doing it for his kid now. RESPECT!!!

    • Anonymous

      ^ok..... Anyway the OP has point. I truely belive the older i get the deeper Jay'z lyrics get. When I was 16,17 I listen to all shit. But once u go through shit his shit is like 100% autobiographical its unreal...

    • Anonymous

      fuck this bullshit. Jigga is a sucker for love! Since beyonce came in his life nigga became a pussy

    • Anonymous

      Don't get it twisted. He's doing all this for Beyonce. The minute he stops buying her things, she's seen on camera with Ja Rule.

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  • Bound To Get Shot Here

    Man there is rarely a positive comment on this website.

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  • Anonymous

    Jay-Z is not as deep as he thinks he is. He's also not that good of a rapper. People forget that most people thought Reasonable Doubt was okay prior to Biggie's death when NY needed a new hood hero.

    • Anonymous

      Totally agree with ja rule comment. Anyway - I agree but he certainly deeper than people first think... kids and women think its pop. Let me repeat. Jay aint never been POP>>>>>>>>>

    • Anonymous

      I agree. Ja Rule is deeper, and has more insight on what it means to be a billionaire.

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  • call me li

    Great interview. Jay-Z def has a good perspective on life, and my man knows how to ask the right questions

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