Jay-Z will be the first rapper ever to be featured
on 60 Minutes II. Bob Simon will speak with Jay-Z on his rise to fame, running
Roc-A-Fella and other issues.
"Filming 60 Minutes II was a different experience
for me and for them," Jay-Z told AllHipHop.com. "We are introducing
a whole new audience to hip-hop culture."
The show will focus on Jay’s involvement in the
community as well as the the day to day issues of running an empire that rakes
in over a half a billion dollars a year and consists of a record label, clothing
line and a film production company.
Simon also digs into Jay’s checkered past, which
included drug dealing in the Marcy Projects, where he grew up.
It was a pretty rough time for everyone, like,
especially in that neighborhood, it was a, it was a plague in that neighborhood,
it was just everywhere, everywhere you look. In the hallways. You could smell
it in the hallways. Back then, it was like, I would say it was, like, two things,
like, it was either you were doing it or you was moving it," he say during
Jay, who’s estimated wealth is pegged at $50
million said that fifteen years ago, he had no idea he would be so wealthy and
instead was focused on survival. I had no aspirations, no plans, no goals,
no back-up goals," Jay continued.
At 33, Jay has moved over 15 million albums and
has produced a new album every eight months for the past six years. His latest
release, The Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse, is in stores now.
The 60 Minutes II special airs tonight (11/20)
on CBS at 10 p.m. EST.