Hip-hop icon Jay-Z is set to be interviewed by Gayle King in a CBS primetime special, “Jay-Z and Gayle King: Brooklyn’s Own,” to be broadcast on Tuesday, November 14th from 9-10pm ET/PT.
The broadcast will feature some never-before-seen footage from King’s three-hour interview with Jay-Z at the Brooklyn Public Library.
In the interview, Jay-Z, born Shawn Corey Carter, talks about growing up in the Marcy Houses in Brooklyn, facing some difficult issues and how music became his chosen path. He also speaks about his business career, the way makes music and the stories behind some of his famous lyrics. There is footage from a 2002 “60 Minutes II” interview, where viewers will see a younger Jay-Z.
“The fact that people go there and, like, take pictures in front of this is just amazing to me ’cause this, you know, the Marcy Houses that I grew up, it was not a tourist attraction,” he says, recalling seeing someone shot when he was just nine.
“I think what matters most is, today, is, being a beacon and helping out … my culture. People of color. I think I pull the most satisfaction from that. Like making music earlier was, like – my first love. I could sit there for hours. It consumed me. Just finding words and figuring out words and how to say this and different ways to say that and different pockets and melodies and how to write this song,” Jay-Z says about helping others.
“That consumed me. That’s why my pace was so fast. I had so much material … And I think now, you know, the idea of, of taking that platform and, you know, reproducing it for others or doing something like Reform … I think I derive the most joy from that.”
“He’s more than a musician, he’s a mogul,” King says. “He’s more than a rapper, he’s a visionary.”
The hour-long special will be broadcast on the CBS Television Network and stream on Paramount+.
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