On his early courtship with Beyoncé: "[In 2001] we were just beginning to try to date each other. You've got to try first. You got to dazzle . . .wine and dine."
Would Beyoncé have dated him if he wasn't "Jay Z"? : "If I'm as cool as I am, yes. But she's a charming Southern girl, you know, she's not impressed . . . But I would have definitely had to be this cool."
On rumors that Beyoncé wasn't really
pregnant with Blue : "It's just so stupid. You know, I felt dismissive about it, but you've got to feel for her. I mean, we've got a really charmed life, so how can we complain? But we're still human beings. And even in hip-hop, all the blogs had a field day with it. I'm like, 'We come from you guys, we represent you guys. Why are you perpetuating this? Why are you adding fuel to this ridiculous rumor?'"
On trademarking Blue's name: "People wanted to make products based on our child's name, and you don't want anybody trying to benefit off your baby's name. It wasn't for us to do anything; as you see, we haven't done anything."
You can read the rest of Jay Z's interview, and other great articles, in the November edition of Vanity Fair.
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