Jay Z Talks Drug Past in Vanity Fair
Thu, 03 Oct 2013 10:49:05
Jay-Z landed the November 2013 cover of Vanity Fair and in the feature, he discusses his drug-selling past. He admits that he sold but did not use crack. His mother was aware of what he was involved in, but they did not discuss it openly. It was about getting by.
"You could smell it in the hallways, that putrid smell; I can't explain it, but it's still in my mind when I think about it," he recalled about his interaction with the drug, which was EVERYWHERE and inescapable as he grew up in the Brooklyn projects.
At the time, he didn't think too much about the consequences of his selling. He was trying to survive. He said, "I was thinking about surviving. I was thinking about improving my situation. I was thinking about buying clothes."
His drug-selling past helped develop his current business skills. He said, "To be in a drug deal, you need to know what you can spend, what you need to re-up. Or if you want to start some sort of barbershop or car wash -- those were the businesses back then. Things you can get in easily to get out of [that] life. At some point, you have to have an exit strategy, because your window is very small; you're going to get locked up or you're going to die."
Thankfully, that's all part of his past and he is doing bigger, better things and caring about the community in philanthropic ways, too!
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