Jay-Z is one of four people to be honored as GQ's Men of the Year 2011. Joining Hov are Mila Kunis, Michael Fassbender and Jimmy Fallon.
Hov sat down with GQ writer Alex Pappademas and opened up about everything from his dad leaving when he was 11-years old, the decision to reveal Beyonce's pregnancy, the song "N*ggas In Paris" and more.
Did he and Kanye West argue a lot during the making of 'Watch the Throne'?
Only about what's best for the song, which is great.
On dealing with Kanye's need to be a perfectionist
I think he just can't help himself. He puts so much into everything, and he's like, 'You have to treat it like I treat it.' It drives you crazy sometimes—like when you've put seventy-five versions of a snare on one song and he's like, 'No!' and you're like, 'Come on, man.'
On the song "N*ggas In Paris"
It's not, like, 'We're here! We're balling harder than everybody,' It's like, 'I'm shocked that we're here.' Still being amazed, still not being jaded. Having so much fun and then stopping and saying, 'What are we doing here? How did we get here?'
On his father, Adnis Reeves
If your dad died before you were born, yeah, it hurts—but it's not like you had a connection with something that was real. Not to say it's any better—but to have that connection and then have it ripped away was, like, the worst. My dad was such a good dad that when he left, he left a huge scar. He was my superhero.
Read the rest of the interview at GQ.com