Tonight, Jay-Z will hit the stage in Austin, Texas, at the South By Southwest Festival. Even if you won't be able to attend the show, you can still stream Jay's set on the Internet and even request songs for Jay to perform via Twitter. Needless to say, we're hyped at the chance to see Jay tear up the stage (fingers crossed for fans to vote in either "Imaginary Player" or "Come And Get Me").

All the excitement got us thinking about a conversation we had a few weeks back at the Complex offices with Young Guru. Guru has not only been Jay's engineer since The Dynasty, but he's also one of the few people who know him best. Guru's going to be down at SXSW too, discussing some hip-hop science with Texas's own Bun-B, but more on that later.

We had an in-depth discussion with Guru about all things Jigga (a discussion that we're breaking into two parts). Not only did Guru reveal the status of Jay's next album and the status of Watch The Throne 2, but he also gave us the scoop on how L.A. Reid got Jay to rush Kingdom Come, how much Jay offered his old rhyming partner Jaz-O for a record deal, and how much Hov loves watching rap battles on YouTube. So keep clicking for the first part of our epic conversation with Guru... 

As told to Insanul Ahmed (@Incilin)

Tags: jay-z, young-guru, kanye-west
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