Jay-Z's father walked out on his family when Hov was 11-years old. The pain that caused the rapper still bothers him to this day. Now, as he prepares to become a father for the first time himself, he says he's sure he won't make the same mistakes his dad made, although he's still a little paranoid.
"It makes me a little paranoid because no matter what, I don't think any person, or any male, goes into a relationship thinking that they're going to leave or wouldn't be there," he told PEOPLE. "I think the circumstances a lot of times dictates things, right?"
Hov added that his principles are what sets him apart and he believes that ultimately that's what it comes down to.
"I'm just a different kind of guy," he says. "I'm a highly principled person. I come from a real place where you had to be a highly principled person. So, I'm pretty confident that I'll figure it out."