"I see Kool Herc, I see Rakim, I see Kane, I got respect for them but I'm competing with them, I'm competing with their legacy, I wanna be better than Rakim, I wanna be better than Kane, that's why I'm doing this. But I'm competing with them but I respect them."
Jay Z goes in on competition in rap and how younger artists like J. Cole and Drake have respected his legacy in part two of his interview with Elliott Wilson.
"I'm sure Cole thinks that his album is better than mine, and I'm cool with that," Jay said. "He's supposed to...but it's a respect thing. Even with Drake, we have a great relationship."
The two talk sports, his role in the Brooklyn Nets, and the Travyon Martin verdict:
"I was really angry, I didn't sleep for two days...I was really angry about it. We all knew there was still a bit of racism in America but for it to be so blantant...ask yourself the question: didn't Travyon have a right to stand his ground? He was being chased, he fought back. He may have won. That doesn't mean he's a criminal. He won," Jay said. "If you chase me and you try to attack me and I defend myself, how can I be in the wrong? How is that right? This guy went to get some skittles and go back to watch the All Star game. He had plans, 'I'm gonna get this Arizona, get these Skittles, I'm gonna go watch the game.' He probably had his whole position and everything. He had no intentions of robbing anyone's home. It's a thing where it's like a reminder of, 'We still got a long way to go. It's beautiful because this generation, they don't see color in that way."
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