Quantcast
SIGN OF THE TIMES

Two months before the Recording Academy and its voters showered Jay-Z with a field-leading eight Grammy nominations, New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet personally conducted an extensive two-hour interview with the 47-year-old artist/entrepreneur. With seeming prescience, Baquet kept the filmed conversation under wraps until the nominations were announced on Tuesday, but he obviously had the elaborate Times rollout planned well in advance.

The interview, edited down to 35 minutes and accompanied by commentary from critic at large Wesley Morris and pop-culture reporter Reggie Ugwu, appeared in video and text form Wednesday; it will be the cover story in the 12/3 holiday edition of the paper's glossy T magazine.

While the Grammys obviously aren’t discussed, the appearance of this wide-ranging conversation in America’s most-respected newspaper not only underscores Jay-Z's cultural significance, it also further validates the Academy’s anointment of the trailblazing artist/entrepreneur as the embodiment of its embrace of diversity.

Read and watch here.

Portrait by Henry Taylor      

CRY THE TOP 20
Carrie is having a Pretty good first week. (9/19a)
NEW MUSIC FROM
LIL PEEP AND XXX
The two late rappers collaborated. (9/19a)
MMA PASSES SENATE, BIZ WHOOPS IT UP
Bill is one step away from becoming law. (9/19a)
THE LUMINEERS
GO ACTIVIST
Hey ho, who's getting them. (9/19a)
BIG MOVE: PLATT SUCCEEDING BANDIER AT SONY/ATV
One of the year's biggest stories (9/19a)
RAINMAKERS
The ones making history now.
WHO'S NEXT?
Who will be the next big pub and label players?
THOUGHTS ON LUNCH?
Like, will it ever get here?
THE KIDS
They're leaning on the button.
 Email

 First Name

 Last Name

 Company

 Country
CAPTCHA code
Captcha: (type the characters above)