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While across the pond, Jay-Z sat down with DJ Semtex to discuss a variety of topics.  As we previously mentioned, he responded to the MC ‘King’ Hammer diss track, but the rest of the interview is relatively informative, too.  Speaking on his forthcoming Hits Collection Vol. 1, Jay said that he has a couple of other compilations in mind including an all B-sides compilation as well as one featuring  all club singles and another featuring all story-telling tracks.  Surprisingly Hov said he felt these compilations were necessary because it’s important for his new fans to know about his whole body of work including his critically praised debut, Reasonable DoubtJay admitted that In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 could have been harder.  He felt that Reasonable Doubt wasn’t a massive commercial success, so he tried to follow the formula Diddy created in order to gain more recognition, and for that reason he doesn’t necessarily enjoy the album all the way through.  He went on to say that the ’90s was the most crucial era for Hip Hop and briefly discussed Nas and Biggie.

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In addition, Jay-Z talked about his chemistry with Kanye West and how he recognized his talent at an early stage.  He briefly touched on Watch The Throne and said that he and Kanye are currently recording in Peter Gabriel’s studio in Bath, England.   Other topics discussed include how he stayed relevant, reinventing himself, living in the public eye, which song is most important to him on the Collection, the significance of G.O.O.D. Fridays and more.

Jay-Z’s Hits Collection Vol. 1 hits stores November 22nd.  You can listen to the whole interview courtesy of BBC Radio below.