Monday, November 22, 2010

Jay-Z Talks About Selling Crack And Shooting His Brother


Jay-Z is out promoting his new book and in an interview with The Guardian he finally talks about his past selling crack and how when he was 12 he shot his older brother for stealing a ring. Despite his brother and his father being addicted to crack, Jay-Z started selling the drug when he was 11. He says he never realized it was destroying people. He just thought he was making a living.

"You just think people are buying your service, and it's so normal, you just think you're coming of age. It's everywhere. The smell, the stench is in the hallway – that's one of the things about the crack epidemic, people had lost their sense of pride... The desperation."

He says that through his entire time on the streets he never touched crack. As for shooting his brother, he says that his brother stole a ring from Jay, so Jay went to a friend's house, got a gun and shot his brother in the shoulder. His brother refused to press charges and even apologized to Jay.

Jay also said it was the only time he ever shot someone. He was involved in other shoot outs and was shot at three other times, but was never hit and never hit anyone else. It is a fascinating interview.

18 comments:

Sue Ellen Mishkey said...

He should have been on the GQ list for handsome men, not Drake. That's all I have to say.

MommaSaid said...

"He says that through his entire time on the streets he never touched crack." Yawn. All pushers say that....

Sue Ellen Mishkey said...

It's one of the ten crack commandments Mommasaid. "Never get high on your own supply"

rebellious, contrary and nice said...

Sue Ellen, Jigga Man is not attractive. He has mad swagger though!

I can't wait to read, but he doesn't deserve his fortune because of his past life. Cough, cough...google Joe Kennedy and many other American dynasty families. They just wore suits.

Sue Ellen Mishkey said...

I think he's good looking, better than Drake that's for sure. And I think you're right, he has mad swagga. And juicy lips. ;0

BigMama said...

Sue Ellen is cracking me up! no pun intended

rebellious, contrary and nice said...

Drake's cute and that's about all. He does nothing to these panties.

sunnyside1213 said...

Well, good for him. That is a hard life to escape.

Sue Ellen Mishkey said...

I don't think I'll ever get past the fact that he was Wheelchair Jimmy on Degrassi. Just like ever since John Mayer's bullshit rants about his David Duke penis and his shitting problem, I'll never be able to think he is super hot ever again. That legit killed me.

Cheryl said...

I don't remember who said this, (a female music critic?) Jay-Z has a lazy eye, except it's his whole face.

awesome balla. said...

i would totally read this book. i love me some jay.

jess said...

@Sue Ellen Bwahahaha...I also can't get over Wheelchair Jimmy becoming a "badass rapper".

I think Jay-Z is smooth, there's something about him BUT I don't think he's hot.

farmgirl said...

you should have listened to the Howard Stern interview - Amazing

Maja. With a J. said...

I really, really want to read his book.

RocketQueen said...

@Cheryl - totally!

Sue Ellen Mishkey said...

I think the best looking people are the ones who have some slight quirk about their physical beauty. Something that's a little off. Makes people humble.

MCH said...

I'd love to read the book too. He's one smart dude. Especially considering what all he had to overcome.

chihuahuense said...

Lol@Sue Ellen--I still think that Drake guy is cute--I didn't know WTF you were talking about with Wheelchair Jimmy, so I don't have that to cloud my perspective.

Now Jay-z? His face looks like when you are in a crazy mirror. It's all stretched out and elongated in places it shouldn't be. I do.not. find him attractive, but I am in total agreement that the best looking people aren't "perfect." I don't know, something about him just doesn't sit right with me. Can't explain it, and this new interview didn't change anything for me.

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