Jay-Z is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential artists in the hip-hop industry. Jay is also interested in fields other than hip-hop, but his first love will always be music. While the rapper is one of the most popular in his field, he doesn’t like people filming him.
Jay-Z is known for being private and not particularly fond of being captured on camera. In recent times, he shared his reasons for his aversion to being filmed.
On Monday, February 6th, TIDAL hosted a rare interview with Jay-Z, centered around his memorable performance of “God Did” at the 2023 Grammy Awards.
During the performance, Roc Nation President OG Juan went against Jay’s normal aversion to being recorded and filmed him on his phone.
“Yeah, we don’t come from that school. We come from the don’t-you-ever-record-us school. What was the line? [JAY quotes lyrics from 2013’s ‘Oceans’] ‘See me in shit you never saw/If it wasn’t for these pictures you wouldn’t see me at all.’ We come from that school and we had fights over that. Niggas trying to record—’Aye yo, don’t record me, champ. I ain’t into that.’ We come from a different world.
That’s why The Black Album was so special. It was the first time cameras came into the studios and just lived with us
In his past lyrical endeavors, Jay-Z has touched upon his history as a drug dealer and how it has made him wary of being caught on camera. On the track “Somewhereinamerica” from his album “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” he famously rapped, “I might shut down the Internet, and that’s not even my intention. Back when I talked about Instagram, the last thing you wanted was your picture taken.” We’ll have to wait and see what’s next in store for Hov.
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