Jay-Z‘s new lifestyle website, Life + Times, launched on April 1st and gives a first-hand look into what the Jiggaman thinks is cool and worth your time (and money). His bestie, Gwyneth Paltrow, also has a website called Goop that serves a similar purpose. It only made sense that the two interviewed each other for their respective websites.
Check out some excerpts from their short Q&A sessions below:
Gwyneth Paltrow: You are the coolest man on Earth, how the f did you get like that?
Jay-Z: I’m around great women, starting with my mom. Women keep men cool. The hotter the chick the cooler the guy … that sounds like a really bad rap line!
Jay-Z: Personally I was very surprised at your extensive knowledge of hip-hop songs. Particularly how you can sing ’90s hip-hip songs word for word. I can’t even do that! How does a girl from Spence discover hip-hop?
Gwyneth Paltrow: I first was exposed to hip-hop when I was about 16 (1988) by some boys who went to collegiate. The Beastie Boys were sort of the way in for us preppie kids. We were into Public Enemy, Run-DMC and LL Cool J. But then I went to LA the summer between my junior and senior year of high school and I discovered N.W.A which became my obsession. I was fascinated by lyrics as rhythm and how Dre had a such different cadence and perspective from say, Eazy-E, who I thought was one of the most ironic and brilliant voices hip-hop has ever had. It was an accident that I learned every word of Straight Outta Compton and to love something that a.) I had no real understanding of in terms of the culture that it was emanating from and b.) to love something that my parents literally could not grasp. But I was hooked. I can’t remember what I ate for dinner last night but I could sing to you every single word of N.W.A’s “F*ck Tha Police” or [Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock’s] “It Takes Two.” Go figure.