Jay-Z Talks About What Will Get Him Back In The Studio

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 13: Shawn Carter attends the Los Angeles premiere of "The Harder They Fall" at Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on October 13, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
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Jay-Z recently sat down with Gayle King for an one-on-one interview where he revealed the one thing that will get him back in the studio. 

When asked about making new music, he talked about the time he “retired” in 2003 and ultimately made more music after. He went on to say, “I’ll say I wanna make music, but it has to be something important. I don’t wanna just make a bunch of tunes. That’s not gonna serve me. It won’t feed me, first of all…” He continued, “I have to be saying something important. It has to mean something, you kno? It has to mean something to a larger society.”

Jay then spoke about his 2017 release of his album 4:44. 4:44,for example, was a personal story, but the amount of vulnerability in there allowed for a lot of people to explore the space”, he said. 

Jay-Z would go on to release Everything Is Love with his wife, Beyoncé in 2018 and he has appeared on numerous songs since then as well. In an interview Kevin Hart, the Brooklyn native talked about retirement is not for him. 

“I don’t know what happens next. I’m not actively making music or making an album or have plans to make an album, but I never want to say that I’m retired. It’s a gift, so who am I to shut it off? And it may have a different form or interpretation. Maybe it’s not an album, maybe it is. I have no idea, but I’m just going to leave it open.”

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