The proud dad and rapper opens to Vanity Fair about dealing drugs, how he won over his wife and why his daughter Blue Ivy Carter loves his latest album Jay-Z is a mega mogul and family man today, but he's come a long way from his humble roots where he once sold drugs.
In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, the rapper says dealing drugs helped him hone his business savvy. "I know about budgets. I was a drug dealer," he explains. "To be in a drug deal, you need to know what you can spend, what you need to re-up."
Jay admits he sold crack, but never used it, and says he didn't feel guilty about it until later in life. "I was thinking about surviving. I was thinking about improving my situation. I was thinking about buying clothes," the rapper says.
When he met his future wife Beyonce, he pursued her aggressively. "You got to dazzle...you got to wine and dine," he shared of courting the Crazy in Love singer.
These days, their daughter Blue Ivy is a big fan of both dad and mom's music. "She does like her mother's music--she watches [Beyonce's concerts] on the computer every night," Jay admits. "I don't know if Blue ever heard any of my music prior to this album...but this album was new, so we played it. And she loves all the songs. She's my biggest fan. If no one bought the Magna Carta [album], the fact that she loves it so much, it gives me the greatest joy."