At a press conference today Mayor Bloomberg showed a surprising command of Jay-Z’s music. The pair were on hand to discuss the start of the vehicle-free “Summer Streets” program, per the Observer’s Azi Paybarah someone noted how one of the hip-hop mogul’s song “describes how his mother taught him to ride a bike at a young age.” Bloomberg cut in, “This is from, ‘Mother I Made It?’” surprising even Jay-Z, who confirmed the Mayor was right. Bravo, to the staffer who briefed Bloomberg on Jay-Z’s discography! You can see video here–Jay-Z says he bikes, but declined to say where, or else the paparazzi would be on his tail.
Jay-Z on supporting Senator Barack Obama: “What [Obama] represents is, we as a people are part of the American Dream…We were left out of the dream at a certain point. Now the dream is, you can be anything – and it’s not cliché.”
Jay-Z on Lil Wayne: “You should embrace the next generation…I think he’s really a fan of mine. I think he really loves the sh-t that I’ve done…The public has him in line next, and for me to say he’s not in line next would be foolish.”
Jay-Z’s response when asked to confirm his marriage to Beyoncé: “I just think it’s really a part of your life that you gotta keep to yourself…You have to have something sacred to you and the people around you…I shared so much of my life…I should have something to hold on to.”
Jay-Z on his tenure as President of Def Jam: “Everyone always analyzes the job that I’ve done at Def Jam…I always feel the need to justify it…If anybody in their tenure had Kanye, Rihanna, and Ne-Yo…One album for each one of them in three years is a superb job.”
The cover feature also includes a complete songography of Jay-Z’s music. VIBE Music Editor Sean Fennessey exhaustively documents, denotes, and describes the rapper’s entire volume of work totaling more than 450 songs.
In a “Good Morning America” interview, she said: “It’s funny to have anybody characterize Barack as an elitist … You know, this is the kid who was raised by a single mother, who didn’t have access to many resources, who, you know, has walked away his entire life from lucrative careers to work in the community … This guy, you know… he personifies all of what, you know, we hope that our kids can be.”
McCain’s ad of course inspired Paris Hilton’s popular viral video spoof on Funnyordie.com
An extended version of the interview will air on “Nightline” at 11:35 p.m. ET.