Just in case you've been on another planet and didn't know, Jay Z has a new album coming, and the hype machine is in full effect. If that wasn't enough to work you into a tizzy, he's apparently dropped the hyphen from his name.
In a new video clip promoting the album, Magna Carta Holy Grail — and his partnership with Samsung — Jay discusses the song "Jay Z Blue" as Zen master super-producer Rick Rubin naps on a couch.
"It's something that we both created, we still marvel at her," Hova says, referring to his wife, Beyonce, and baby Blue. "It's most obvious on a song called 'Jay Z Blue' and it deals with, like, my pop left when I was young, so he didn't teach me how to be a man, nor how to raise a child, or [how to] treat a woman, right?"
That confessional rouses Rubin from his slumber. He nods and offers a few encouraging "yeahs" like any legendary record producer would. Jay continues, "So of course, [with] my karma, the two things I need I don't have, right? And I have a daughter."
After some more encouragement from the Zen master, Hova drops the bomb, revealing his softer side. "It's the paranoia of not being a great dad."
Personally, we're impressed that Jay can not only sell cell phones, but can act as a role model for young fathers.
In other Jay news, he'll be rocking atop the marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theater on July 8 in a performance for the Late Show with David Letterman, after he gained approval from New York City. Hova and Letterman needed to get the city's approval because Broadway will have to be closed by 53rd and 54th during rush hour. Jay joined Eminem when he pulled off the stunt back in 2010. A fellow named Paul McCartney also did the deed in 2009. Of course, that McCartney bloke is no stranger to the inside of the theater either, having performed with his band the Beatles four times back when the man it's named after hosted his show there in the '60s.