Super Soul Sunday on OWN, “Oprah Presents Master Class”with Jay Z-“I used to have a nightmare over and over growing up about just running away and never quite being able to get away. I don’t know what it was chasing me but I was always running from it, Jay Z (Sean Carter) tells the story. Jay Z’s list of achievements are longer than your arm, he’s been nominated for 45 and has won 15.
By the age of thirteen, fatherless, he was selling crack on the streets. Poetry and rhymes came easy for him, he toyed with different sounds and it worked for him to write what was going on in the streets, and his experiences. His goal is to find that truth in that gift.
“I grew up in Brooklyn and it made me who I am. Growing up you don’t think your environment is different until you go outside of it. It was a beautiful place to grow up and sometimes it was dark. One minute guys could be coming down the street shooting oozies, and everybody ran inside and fifteen minutes everybody’d come back outside and start playing again like nothing happened.” It built his character and built his resolve, honesty and integrity. It taught you to be strong.
His mother gave him a long leash, she was always there to pull it back if I went too far
He performed every day in the kitchen to the point his mother would say go to bed, go outside, go play ball. He did it so much he can’t really remember when the first time it was that he performed for her.
Jay Z tapped into the intention to find an audience he could relate to
When he first started making music, he realized there were small pockets of people that could relate to him. He believed in himself and believed in what he had to day and he had an audience. Record labels didn’t believe in him and would put him off, so he built his own record label.
Words are everything
The power of words, music and the culture of hip hop helped him to deal with everything he was going through, trying times, paranoia, hustling, doing what they had to do.
“I’m fortunate to have a real connection with my fans. They feel like they know me, they grew up listening to me. When they see me on the street they’re like hey jay whats up? Like we’ve know each other all our lives, and it’s a cool feeling. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
“Collaboration is bringing what you do to it and maintain it, and the same for the person you are working with you don’t try to become them and they don’t try to become you. You just find a place inside the groove you just tuck yourself in a part of it and you become it.”
“I’ve learned more from failure than success”
“My first record was a success, the second record wasn’t a commercial success, and so I spent the next few months trying to make things bigger each time and it was a failure. By my 3rd album, was when I tried to be real and be me, and “Hard Knock Life” let me know I had it again. You have to sleep with yourself every night and trying to be somebody you’re not is failure. I don’t know how you learn from success I haven’t figured that part out.”
“I was always on the outside”
“I had to get started in my own record company and people always compared me to the other record label successes. So I didn’t ever really fit in. I was always on the outside observing.”
“We live in a world people chase after others, you end up losing yourself. Jay Z has stayed on top because he is not defined by trying to be like others,” Oprah rebuffs.
The thing about life it
“I want to touch culture the way Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Malcomb X, and Martin Luther King did, I want to be known for doing more for people than just my music.”
Being a man
“Integrity even at a young age for me meant if a man said he was going to do something he was going to do it, there was no going back on your word. You had to be tough in my neighborhood, but you still had to have integrity.”
Jay Z’s father abandoned him at the age of eleven
“Anger ran my life, it ruined my relationships from the age of 12 to 30. Your father teaches you everything when you are a boy.”
“Hip hop did more for race relations than any race cultural icon”
“People all party and dance together now, where clubs before, in the past, used to be all separate color people. You had the techno clubs, the rock clubs and the black clubs, but it’s not like that now.”
Following his truth, faith
“I believe that there’s one God. People reading the Curran and the Bible are all praying to the one God. The body works too perfectly. I believe things happen for a reason. The most important lesson is just to be true to yourself. It’s hard to figure out sometimes to know who you are and where you fit in, in the game. Knowing who you are and believing in yourself is the foundation of everything great.
“That nightmare of running away and never being able to get away, I don’t have it any more”
Oprah ended the show with, “When the odds are against you and you listen to your instincts and follow what is true for you, you can become the best that you can be.”
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Jay Z Billionaire Club
Grammy Award Momination for, Best Rap Solo Performance for Hard Knock Life in 1999. The Rap star was just eleven-years-old when his father walked out, only recently did he get his father’s slip in his responsibilities was due to his uncles death.
Celebrity Couple Jay Z and Beyonce
The couple gave birth to Blue Ivy, the golden child born. Rumors are speeding from state-to-state Beyonce is pregnant with their second child. The hottest ticket? Beyonce’s, highly anticipated “Mrs. Carter Show Tour.”
Jay Z pushing the baby carriage
The baby born to the power couple. Intense public interest, the widely admired couple, had it going on chemistry, physical attractiveness, and a seemingly meant-to-be union the tabloids and mainstream can’t get enough and the birth of Blue Ivy intensified the the public’s curiosity.
Ja Z trancends and inspires
His father’s abandonment fueled who Jay Z is today. A father his child can depend on, a man of integrity, and his wife is adored. Oprah’s Master Class gives an inside of view of what the public normally only gets to see from the outside.
“I haven’t learned from success”
“I learned from my failures. I don’t know how you learn from success, I haven’t figured that out yet. I blossomed from my failures, and from them came the success I have now.”