You would think that because Jay-Z is a hip-hop icon you would have to pay a pretty penny to have him on your newest song but the Brooklyn-bred rapper revealed that he never charges for guest verses.
In a recent interview with Kevin Hart on Hart to Heart on Peacock, Hov revealed how his collaborations come to fruition.
“It’s mostly relationships. It’s actually always been mostly relationships,” Jay-Z said around the 19:55-mark of the sit-down interview. “Sometimes it’s talent and sometimes someone asks me to be on something. Pretty much every song that I’m on I’m asked to be on. I don’t ask people to be on their songs. I never charge.”
He added: “I try to be straight up,” the rap mogul continued. “Sometimes it slips through the cracks. Sometimes I want to do it and my life is in a certain place and I’m movin’ and I can’t do it.”
“But I typically try to be straight up with people. I don’t like to drag or like waste people’s time or hold them.”
In the same interview with Hart, Jay-Z said that he has not retired from rap and he hasn’t shut the door on releasing new music in the future.
“I don’t know what happens next. I’m not actively making music or making an album or have plans to make an album,” he said of his musical future.
“But I never want to say I’m retired… It’s a gift, and who am I to shut it off? It’s open to whatever. Maybe it’s not an album. Maybe it is. I have no idea, but I’m just going to leave it open.”
Take a look at the interview below: