Jay-Z Interview With His Homie Funkmaster Flex

Posted on September 10, 2009
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(26:55) Flex: So 50 on a new freestyle.. On the new album though, you kinda… [Jay interrupts: That was a compliment.] What made you bring up the Summer Jam stage?

I was really going through the history of it. It’s part of the history… I was actually giving him props. Every single person in that song, I was giving them their time… [Flex: He has a freestyle.] Nah, I think that was already done. No way in the world he could have.. He had that in the tuck. [Flex: You guys aren't moving together with this are you?] Nawwww. You know, he’s a loose cannon. Any given day you could wake up and he’ll start shooting.

(29:00) Flex: T-Pain… Have you had a chance to talk to him? [Jay: Naw.] Were you surprised?

Yeah I was a little surprised because in all my interviews, I’m sure they’re online. They got kids that do that in 30secs. You can find 8-10 interviews of me saying “I’m not talking about T-Pain, he’s a talented guy.” SEVERAL times. So I don’t buy his explanation. [Flex: Is it timed perfectly, around the week of the album?] I guess so cuz I don’t buy that, there’s no way in the world he didn’t hear that. [Flex: Laughs. Were you aware he was there when he came out on the Summer Jam stage?] I didn’t know he was coming out, for one. I had no idea that was him. The first time I looked I didn’t know who it was. I really didn’t. I’m not being funny, I promise you. [Flex: I think people got in his ear after that.] Yeah. That’s what I believe happened. [Flex: So you haven't had a chance to…] What’s there to talk about. It’s not like a real beef. That’s another thing. There’s too much talking. “We squashing a fake beef?” Like we have a real problem. Then we shouldn’t be talking on the radio at all. There’s no real problem so what is there to squash. [Flex: Do you get tired of it?] I know the people get tired of it. They have to. The people just want to hear great music. If it was few, far and between, then it would be exciting. Now it’s like, “ight man, just put out some music.”

(23:50) Flex: Sometimes I look online, and I see Freeway, Peedi Crakk, and other Roc-A-Fella artists saying “Oh, Hov didn’t call me” or “Hov didn’t tell me he wasn’t doing the Roc anymore..” How do you feel when you see those things online?

It’s difficult because I’ve done so much for them… I gave everybody a shot. Everybody got a chance to sit at the table and make something. So whether you parlayed that into something or let that go away. You know, that’s pretty much on you. So if I’m not doing anything tomorrow or the next day, you should be cool with that. [Flex: Do they reach out sometimes?] Yeah, yeah. I still speak to Freeway and Chris. More than anybody else. Chris first, then Freeway. Shoutout to Freeway, he was sick the other day.

(41:30) Flex: Roc Nation, what’s the next thing we’ll see on the label?

The next two artists we’re grooming, who you’ll probably see first are, J. Cole and a girl by the name of Rita Ora. Who’s from London and incredibily talented.

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