Jay-Z made history in Philadelphia this past May when he announced his two-day Made In America music festival. His latest venture adds another notch to a career that went from underground MC to maintaining global-icon status. After he took the stage with the city’s mayor, Michael Nutter, he sat down with MTV News to reflect on his success.
While Jay has many solo victories, he credits his major wins as a way to help grow the culture of hip-hop. He might be a business man, but his roots reside in building the culture as a community. "I see myself as part of the collective of hip-hop. I don't see myself as a thing that operates outside of it," he said. "So when I do these sort of things, I'm like, 'Man, we've come a long way.' "