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Jay-Z Crowned ‘King’ for GQ’s Man of the Year Issue

Nathaniel Goldberg, GQ

Jay-Z is the cover star of GQ’s magazine annual Man of the Year issue, in which they have dubbed him “King.” This is the second time the rap mogul has graced the cover of the Man of the Year issue, his first being in 2006.

Among Jay-Z’s kingly accomplishments in 2011 include his collaborative album, ‘Watch the Throne,’ with Kanye West. And not to mention, Hov is a soon-to-be dad with his wife, Beyonce, who is expecting their first child together.

In a candid interview with GQ writer Alex Pappademas, Jay speaks about working with West on ‘Watch the Throne,’ his absentee father and Beyonce’s pregnancy. Here are some of the highlights:

Jay-Z explains why Yeezy is so obsessed with the micro-details during the recording process of ‘WTT.’ “I think he just can’t help himself,” he says. “He puts so much into everything, and he’s like, ‘You have to treat it like I treat it.’ It drives you crazy sometimes — like when you’ve put seventy-five versions of a snare on one song and he’s like, ‘No!’ and you’re like, ‘Come on, man.'”

The veteran rhyme-slinger also addressed his father leaving him and his mother when he was young and how it has affected him. “If your dad died before you were born, yeah, it hurts — but it’s not like you had a connection with something that was real,” Jay says. “Not to say it’s any better — but to have that connection and then have it ripped away was, like, the worst. My dad was such a good dad that when he left, he left a huge scar. He was my superhero.”

Finally, Jay-Z looks forward to fatherhood and putting the baby car seat in the Maybach. “Yeah,” he says. “Wouldn’t that be great? That would be a great picture.”

Jay-Z joins fellow Man of the Year cover subjects Hollywood starlet Mila Kunis (dubbed the “Knockout”), actor Michael Fassbender (dubbed the “Breakout”) and Justin Timberlake & Jimmy Fallon (dubbed “the Showmen”).

GQ’s Man of the Year issue will hit newsstands on Nov. 22.

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