Jay-Z is a rap legend at this point. He is regarded as one of the most influential hip-hop artists of all time. His contributions to rap music cannot be understated, either. Thanks to Hov, artists like Kanye West, Rihanna, and J-Cole got their careers kicked off. Despite his big shot status, Jay-Z is very generous when he collaborates with other artists.

Jay-Z recently appeared for an interview with Kevin Hart for Season 2 of the comedian’s Peacock series Hart to Heart. The rapper discussed several topics, and also shed some light on how collaborations with him work.

The rapper, who is 52, confessed that he does not charge other artists for feature verses. When asked how he picks his collaborators, Jay-Z stated that it is primarily based on relationships, and sometimes on talent. He also said that almost every feature he does is requested.

Yeah. Mostly relationships…It’s actually always been mostly relationships. Sometimes it’s talent. Pretty much every song that I’m on, I’m asked to be on. I don’t ask people to be on their songs. I never charge.

With his popularity and status, Jay-Z is a very highly requested rapper in the industry for feature verses. The rapper admitted, that he frequently turns down most requests.

I try to be straight up. Sometimes it slips through the cracks. Sometimes I want to do it, and my life is in a certain place, and I’m moving and I can’t do it. But I typically try to be straight up with people.

Jay-Z is a big personality outside of music, he has several successful business endeavors. Thanks to them, he boasts a net worth of a billion dollars. Even though he is not actively making music, the east-coast legend isn’t retired from the rap game.

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Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/news correspondent from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017. While pursuing Master's in Mass Communication with a special interest in Advertising, his key areas of creativity lie in designing, content creation and creative storytelling as well as fictional writing. In his free time, he likes to create new riffs on his guitar, learning about whatever piques his interest, reading books ranging from philosophy to speculative sci-fi and enjoys watching anything HBO (Succession FTW).

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