Beyoncé’s Husband Jay-Z made an appearance on the Netflix Original My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman which took place at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center.
Letterman is a comedian, writer, producer, and American television host who has interviewed Former President Barack Obama, George Clooney, and Malala Yousafzai for this show.
At the beginning of the show, Letterman introduces Nate Holden and recognizes him for changing the policy that states, “A woman could not get a mortgage from a bank unless she had the signature from a man.”
A great way to start the interview with Jay-Z by honoring another African American for their contribution to the community. Additionally, Letterman made a brief shoutout to Producer Judd Apatow.
Jay-Z and Letterman met on a large stage with one stage light shining directly upon them. Letterman creates an atmosphere on stage that allows his guest to open up.
“I’m torn I don’t know whether to start tonight by just kissing up to you,” says Letterman.
Letterman explains to Jay-Z that a music critic believes that the rapper is the Picasso in popular cultural music. Host Letterman says, “Me because I’m not dumb. I said—made the connection who would be his Matisse?” He leans back in his chair and crosses his legs.
The crowd reacted with laughter as the rapper nodded with a huge grin on his face. Jay-Z name dropped Biggie Smalls, Tupac, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, and Slick Rick as his possible Matisse.
“I had a paper route too,” the rapper says. He talks about how he was 16-years-old when he started to sell crack in Trenton, New Jersey.
Jay-Z says, “It started off small a couple thousand dollars and then it got really big. It was astonishing to Letterman that he was making over two stacks at such a young age.
Letterman and Jay-Z talk about the issue of racism, unbefitting incarceration, white privilege, and using the “N” word. The way Jay-Z explained the how minorities are treated by the justice system moved the crowd.
The rapper says, “One in three black or Latino males are in jail. One out of three.” He further explains, “It’s like one two that’s you!” The crowd groaned.
The Grammy Award Winner Jay-Z spills the tea about his wife Beyoncé, daughter Blue, lesbian mother, father, opinions on rappers, musical taste, Kanye West, Kaleif Browder, and thirteen released albums.
“I’m not heartbroken at this point in my life, I feel grateful every day,” he continues to say, “I wake up I look around look at my kids, they’re healthy.”
This episode includes Singer/Songwriter Madison Ryann Ward and music producer Rick Rubin. The I Had a Paper Route Too segment is on Netflix now.