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Jay-Z and David Letterman: My New Fathers

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Jeff Grundy, Staff Writer

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  In the latest episode of David Letterman’s new Netflix show My Guest Needs No Introduction, Letterman interviews rapper, producer, and businessman Shawn Carter, best known as Jay-Z. In this episode Letterman asks all of the questions about Carter’s life, his history dealing drugs, and his family. Letterman begins his interview praising Carter on his 21 Grammy wins, his daughter, and the success with his album 4:44.

  But soon after, he confronted Carter on the alleged falling out he had with Kanye West asking very plainly, “What happened?” a question most of the world has been burning to ask both parties. The two have not been on the best of terms. Especially after West begged Carter to  “not send shooters at my head” (not send assassins to kill him) during a concert. After that incident Carter has been eerily silent about his friends and after being pressed by Letterman he revealed very little while referring to West as his “little brother”.

  But Letterman didn’t only pay attention to Carter’s friends, he also explored Carter’s past of violence and drug dealing. Jay-Z was born out of Carter’s past selling crack, he confessed to writing lyrics and songs all while standing on the street corner. His view of this past his comical with him even referring to selling crack as a “paper route”.

  But Carter is far from his history with his wife (Beyonce) and his daughter (Blue Ivy) taking up most of his time. Letterman then asked about the controversial affairs Carter admitted to in his most recent album. Letterman stayed on topic and especially stayed respectful and understanding.

  Carter was a free spirit throughout being open and truthful. A certain freedom comes when a stage persona is released and the real human emerges underneath, for once I think we saw Shawn Carter not Jay-Z.

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Jeff Grundy, News Editor

Jeff Grundy is the News Editor of Smokes Signals and a senior at West High. His interests include politics and government.

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