JAY-Z is a really kind man when it comes to providing features (to those in his good book, that is).
The father of three opened up to Kevin Hart during a sit-down for the comedian’s Peacock series, Hart to Heart, about how much it costs to obtain a feature from him, what makes him choose some musicians over others, and his future plans, which may include retirement.
“Mostly relationships,” explained Hov’ of how he picks out his collaborations. “It’s actually always been mostly relationships, sometimes it’s talent.” He further went on, “Pretty much every song that I’m on, I’m asked to be on. I don’t ask people to be on their songs.” Afterward, the native New Yorker clarified that he wouldn’t accept payment in exchange for verses. He affirmed, “I never charge.”
Hov clearly prioritizes quality above quantity, as indicated by the “way more nos” compared to the number of collaborations that ultimately materialize. “I try to be straight up,” he said, referring to interacting with his peers. “Sometimes it slips through the cracks. Sometimes I want to do it, and my life is in a certain place, and I’m moving and I can’t do it. But I typically try to be straight up with people.” Check it out the full interview below.