[artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist] is a rapper, a businessman and a husband. We've seen him tear up stages as an MC, and his deals have made headlines — but as Mr. Beyoncé, we know very little.
In the new issue of Rolling Stone, however, the iconic hip-hop star lets his guard down a bit as he relays a story about a piece of art he attempted to purchase. Jay wanted to buy a black-and-white Laurie Simmons photograph that depicted a "lit pistol with a pair of women's legs emerging from the handle."
Beyoncé vetoed the piece. Instead, the singer sought out a similar one, only with the women's legs emerging from a perfume bottle.
Elsewhere in the interview, Jay-Z discusses his affinity for indie rock, his one visit to see a therapist and his days as the president of Def Jam Records. "All of them," Jay answered when asked which meetings were the most frustrating during his tenure as a label head.
In the past, the rapper has spoken out about his interest in indie acts like Grizzly Bear, who he hopes will push hip-hop to be more challenging with their own creativity.
"The thing I want to say to everyone — I hope this happens, because it will push rap, it will push hip-hop to go even further — what the indie-rock movement is doing right now is very inspiring," he told MTV News last year. "It felt like us in the beginning. These concerts, they're not on the radio, no one hears about them, and there's 12,000 people in attendance. And the music that they're making and the connection they're making to people is really inspiring. So I hope that they have a run where they push hip-hop back a little bit, so it will force hip-hop to fight to make better music, because it can happen, because that's what rap did to rock."
The Rolling Stone cover features Jay-Z in a black leather jacket and dark, black sunglasses. The cover is a "peel-off" edition that reveals another image of the rapper underneath, donning a black tuxedo jacket and black framed glasses.
The issue is expected to arrive on newsstands this week.
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