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Jay-Z: Something For The Weekend, Sir?

Paul Elliott, Q, April 2000

"How about freedom?" wonders rap nabob Jay-Z, on bail pending trial for a near-fatal stabbing and facing a possible 22-year jail term. Some distraction from the usual business of cash, "hoes" and the bespoke clothing line… "I feel like Mandela sometimes," he tells a boggling Paul Elliott.

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