Jay-Z voted man of the year 2011 by GQ
Jay-Z Beyonce’s husband, rapper has acquired plenty of titles, including “The Best Rapper Alive,” “The King of Hip-Hop,” and “A Guy Who Sometimes Doesn’t Get It.” He just added another one, as he has been declared one of a handful of “Men of the Year” by GQ magazine . Jigga will appear on the cover of the publication’s December.
Jay says that even songs like “Niggas in Paris”—the one with the Blades of Glory samples and the crazy-consumptive What’s Gucci, my nigga? What’s Louis, my killa? hook—or “Otis,” where Kanye west actually refers to what they’re doing as “luxury rap,” effectively handing detractors a stick to beat the record with, come from a humble place.
“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 fucked 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.”
Nearly every rapper tells a version of that story. But nobody tells it better or to a wider cross section of the population—children, rap nerds, corporate America—than Jay-Z. No hip-hop artist who owes his credibility to the street has moved farther beyond it and into the rarefied air of twenty-first-century high society than Jay has. But at 42, he remains, precedent-defyingly, a rapper people still care about, because he’s managed to frame all his achievements—his front-office stint at Def Jam, his ownership stake in the NBA franchise soon to be known as the Brooklyn Nets, the $150 million deal with LiveNation that’s said to rival Madonna’s, even the pop star he put a ring on—as we-shouldn’t-be-here victories for a kid from public housing, and for hip-hop, too.
GQ Men of the Year 2011 Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon, and Jay-Z engaged in a light-hearted and gesture-filled conversation inside the magazine’s award ceremony bash at the Chateau Marmont in LA last night. The dapper guys mingled with the crowd and even posed for funny pictures with Justin’s date Jessica Biel.
On Being a father to be Jay-Z revealed “I can’t wait,” the music mogul told at GQ ‘s Men of the Year party. “Hopefully one that can have conversations,” Jay-Z said. “Your child could come to you and have any type of conversation. I always hope for that kind of open relationship.”
The rapper refuses to be an absente parent. Jay-Z wants to do things differently than his father did.
Still, the rapper, who’s expecting his first child with wife Beyoncé in February, says the experience of his father walking out on him as a child has him thinking as he faces parenthood .
“It makes me a little paranoid because no matter what.
Paula Patton, Lala, Carmelo Anthony Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto and Kerry Washington partied with GQ Magazine last night for their annual “Men Of The Year” issue.
Jay-Z seems to excel at everything he tries. As a rapper, Jigga’s track record is impeccable and his accomplishments as a businessman have kept Hov hovering around the top of various Forbes.