A summary over Terry Gross interview with the world famous rapper Jay-Z. It was originally broadcasted on the 16th november 2010 on the radio program Fresh Air. Jay-Z is well known for his contribution to the rap music but aside of that he’s also a successfull entrepreneur. He was born in the late 60’s and raised in a housing project in Brooklyn. Saddly he had to experience a very tough childhood. One where his father left him at a very young age. His intererst in music mainly came from the tones of MJ and Stevie Wonder and his first rhymes was very old-school but still quite advanced and academic He got a wordlist as a present from his mother which helped him develop as he used it to learn himself new and more advanced words. As a result of his mothers struggle to pay the bills, Jay-z brought crack into his neighborhood at the age of 12. However, this was not unusual among his blocks since the streets where constantly flooded with drugs in every possible form. It was simply his way of making money. The journey from the streets into the recordning studios was difficult. Many had there doubts and sometimes even himself, he didn’t belive that he had what it required. He described it as he had one foot in and one foot out. But eventually rap became his hustling.
It don’t think that Jay-z would be where he is today if it wasn’t for the tough conditions that the streets of Brooklyn had to offer. He also has his mother to thank. Anyhow, I think that the story of Jay-z is truly inspiring.