By Shamecca Harris
Beyoncé is a modern day Jane-of-all trades, gracefully balancing her duties as a wife, mother, singer, songwriter and actress. Now, according to husband Jay-Z, the 31-year-old international superstar can add “gangsta” to her resume. In a candid interview for Vanity Fair’s November issue, the rapper dishes on famous wife, laughingly admitting that after five years of marriage, “She’s gangsta now.”
But she’s also the mother of his 18-month-old daughter, Blue Ivy, whom the rapper, 43, calls his “biggest fan.”
“She plays a song and she goes, ‘More, Daddy, more . . . Daddy song,’” he said. “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.”
While Jay enjoys his daughter’s praise, he doesn’t appreciate tabloid rumors that Beyoncé was not really pregnant with their first child. The rapper dismisses the rumors as “stupid,” and despite of the couple’s immense success, admits they take its toll on his family.
“You know, I felt dismissive about it, but you’ve got to feel for her [Beyoncé].” he said. “I mean, we’ve got a really charmed life, so how can we complain? But when you think about it, we’re still human beings.”
Even with the media’s scrutiny, the self-proclaimed “greatest rapper alive” has no intention to exit the music game. He confesses that after nearly 20 years in the industry, he still loves to rap.
“I know I said I wouldn’t be doing it when I was 30,” he said, “so that’s how I know I love it. Thirty years old was my cutoff, but I’m still here, 43 years old.”
This is no small feat considering the rapper turned businessman’s long road to stardom. In the interview, Jay, born Shawn Carter, also reveals how his criminal past plays an important role in his newest career venture, Roc Nation Sports management.
“I know about budgets. I was a drug dealer,” he said. “To be in a drug deal, you need to know what you can spend, what you need to re-up. Or if you want to start some sort of barbershop or car wash–those were the businesses back then.”
Indeed, Jay knows quite a bit about budgets. Forbes estimates his net worth at $500 million. Still, the mogul insists that he is not motivated by money. “I’m not motivated by that. . . . I don’t sit around with my friends and talk about money, ever,” he says. “On a record, that’s different.”