Amidst his "4:44 Tour," JAY-Z opens up about his most recent collection, a confession booth exertion about his development as a man, child, father, and spouse. 

Talking with The New York Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning official supervisor Dean Baquet, Shawn Corey Carter shares how he made 4:44 and how his better half BeyoncĂ© made LEMONADE out of the joint collection the two had arranged. 

"We were chipping away at material together and it progressed toward becoming LEMONADE," he clarified. "She went off and did her thing and it resembled, it just felt like she ought to go first and she should impart her facts to the world. It did not depend on, 'I need to state something as a result of this collection.' It wasn't that way. It was quite recently extremely fair." 

As per Hov, the power couple was utilizing "workmanship practically like a treatment session" while making music together, quite a bit of which despite everything they have. "It was awkward. Furthermore, we had a great deal of discussions," he clarified. "[I was] extremely glad for the music she made, and she was extremely pleased with the workmanship I discharged. We truly have a solid regard for each other's art. I believe she's stunning. A great many people leave, and separation rate resembles 50 percent or something 'cause a great many people can't see themselves. The hardest thing is seeing agony all over that you caused, and afterward need to manage yourself."

Read additional quotes from the lengthy conversation below.
ON RAP & LEGACY: “I think that rap in particular is a young man’s sport, that I’ll move out of that white-hot space. Rap is about the gift of discovery. The white-hot space is when it’s fresh and new, and it’s like, this is the hottest song ever. I mean I pushed the window…I stretched it. Oh, I stood in that window a really long time. But still, no, I don’t think people are looking to me as like, The Thing. At the end of the day we gonna find out it’s not about the white-hot space, but it’s about finding the truth. That white-hot space — people think it’s the biggest thing, but it’s really small. It’s almost like a trend. Would you rather be a trend, or you rather be Ralph Lauren? You know what I mean; like, you rather be a trend, or you rather be forever? I’m the person that looked at the Mona Lisa and be like, Man, that’s gonna be cool in 40 years. I play forever. And so my whole thing is to identify with the truth. Not to be the youngest, hottest, new, trendy thing.”
ON PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “All he could do was the best he can do. He’s not a superhero. And it’s unfair to place unfulfillable expectations on this man just because of his color. You’re actually doing the opposite. It’s like, what do you think is gonna happen? He’s there for eight years. And he has to undo what 43 presidents have done. In eight years. That’s not fair.”
ON DAVE CHAPPELLE: “I find it funny, but … I like Dave Chappelle’s leadership. He tells it in humor so you can deal with it, but there’s always a nice chunk of truth in there.”
ON POLITICS: “I believe in people. I want what’s best for people. I love people. You know, so I don’t have that sort of thing, like, I want to vote Republican just to save more money. That’s not the endgame. It’s not about who got more money and who got more houses. Yes, you know, you’ve earned it, buy what you want. You know? But don’t forget what’s important. Without people, being rich would be very boring.”
ON RACISM: “There was a great Kanye West line in one of [his] songs: ‘Racism’s still alive, they just be concealin’ it.’ Take a step back. I think when Donald Sterling got kicked out of the N.B.A., I thought it was a misstep, because when you kick someone out, of course he’s done wrong, right? But you also send everyone else back in hiding. People talk like that. They talk like that. Let’s deal with that. I wouldn’t just, like, leave him alone. It should have been some sort of penalties. He could have lost some draft picks. But getting rid of him just made everyone else go back into hiding, and now we can’t have the dialogue. The great thing about Donald Trump being president is now we’re forced to have the dialogue. Now we’re having the conversation on the large scale; he’s provided the platform for us to have the conversation.”
ON STRENGTH: “The strongest thing a man can do is cry. To expose your feelings, to be vulnerable in front of the world. That’s real strength. You know, you feel like you gotta be this guarded person. That’s not real. It’s fake.”
ON HIS MOTHER’S SEXUALITY: “We never spoke about it. Until, like, recently, now we start having these beautiful conversations, and just really getting to know each other. We were always good friends but now we’re really great friends. You know. And we were just talking as friends. And then she was sharing that she was in love. She can be herself [now]. She doesn’t have to hide for her kids or feel like she’s embarrassing her kids. It was a much different time then. [Now] she can just live her full life, her whole life, and be her.”