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In New York City, in the summer of 1995, when Jeru the Damaja failed to show up for an interview, a young Jay-Z, along with Jaz-O, and Malachi of Group Home filled in and were interviewed instead. This was 1995 at Payday Records, at a time when every other record label had already passed on signing a then unknown Jay-Z. At the time of this interview Jay-Z had just released the single “In My Lifetime” with the B-Side “I Can’t Get With That” on Payday Records.

Jay-Z comes in at the 6:00min mark.

Sidenote: The picture above was taken at the video shoot for In My Lifetime.

Shout out to True2Life for the heads up.


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