Jay Z Bill Maher FULL Interview [VIDEO]: Hov Talks Politics, Harry Belafonte, President Obama, America's Middle Class, And 'Picasso Baby' World Premiere

By Dominique Zonyee (d.scott@mstarsnews.com) | Aug 05, 2013 10:18 AM EDT
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Jay Z keeps setting new rules, he proves that he is businessman, with his interview with his HBO Real Time WIth Bill Maher interview and the world premiere of his "Picasso Baby" (A Performance Art Piece) video off his platinum album Magna Carta Holy Grail. Hov opened up Bill Maher's "Real Time" August 2nd panel with talk about his album, his success, and possibly being inducted in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Hov gradually spoke on the issues stop-and-frisk in New York, and the current state of NYC's  Housing Projects.

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Check out the interview highlights:

On the drama with Harry Belafonte calling out The Carters & accusing them of not doing enough to help the community: "I didn't think it was the correct venue. If it was something that was a real problem, I'm not difficult to find. Especially someone of his stature. He can reach out to me and we can have a conversation and we can do some good together. That was sort of a bit grand-standing to me. And I didn't like that. Especially dragging my wife into it. That was a bit of a low blow."

On who would induct him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (he's only 7 years away from a nomination): "Obama." If he's busy: "He'll be alright. He owes me a couple."

On arrogance vs. humility:  "It's overreaction. If you have the audacity to be great or compare yourself to any of the greats that came before you...If you say just like Obama or Picasso I'm this...people will say it's almost like blasphemous. But it's like, what are we doing this for? When you sitting in that chair, you want to be great. You want to be known as the greatest of all time. It's never going to happen if you don't see yourself that way first. You have to envision it first."

On the solution to violence in this country, namely in Chicago:  "I don't really want to scare America...but the real problem is there's no middle class. So the gap between the have and have nots is getting wider and wider. It's going to be a problem that no amount of police can solve, because once you have that oppression and that gap is widening, this is inevitable that something is going to happen."

Jay Z's interview with Bill Maher:

Directly after Jay's Real Time with Bill Maher debut, the "Holy Grail" rapper premiered the debut of his 'Picasso Baby' video.


Prior to releasing the actual video, with a montage of footage leading up to his NYC Pace Gallery performance, Jay explains why he shot this video over a 6 hour period inside the Pace Art Gallery in NYC:

 "Concerts are pretty much performance art, but the venue's changed. So by nature of the venue, the performance changed. When you're in a smaller venue, you get to feel the energy of the people."


 "Today it's kind of an exchange...you have some people trying to back off. When art started to become part of the galleries, it became a separation between culture, between the hip hop people ad the artists who were like, bourgeois. We're artists. We're like cousins. I'm trying to bring the worlds back together."

Do you appreciate what Jay Z is doing for hip-hop?  What do you think about his views on the lack of the American middle class?

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