Jay-Z has been opening up like never before with the release of his latest album, 4:44.
Whether it’s discussing his marriage or his growing family, the rapper continues to get even more personal with an interview in the BBC Live Lounge on Friday.
There, with host Clara Amfo, Jay talks about some serious topics—discussing everything from the lessons learned from the late Chester Bennington, to denouncing Donald Trump—oh, and he admits to watching that leaked Game of Thrones episode.
“I really think that hopefully his death serves as a wake up call. Mental health is a real thing,” the rapper said about Bennington, in addition to performing his Link Park collaboration “Numb/Encore.”
“You never know that people are going through and you think that because they’re performers and he’s sold millions of records… that doesn’t equate to happiness…,” he explained.
“A lot of people, we don’t deal with what’s happening to us, we just keep going. Especially for a performer like that, you just start numbing yourself. You become numb. He’s singing it, he’s telling you become numb.”
“Hopefully his death wakes a lot of people up and a lot of people start taking care of themselves,” he said. “Men, we have this bravado, we have to armor up. Nah man, you have to take care of yourself – physically and spiritually.”
And about that Game of Thrones episode—he has a good excuse.
“I was flying on a plane and watched the episode. What do you want me to do? People bootleg my album,” he said, jokingly. “I watch on Sunday to give them a bit of the ratings, I’m not gonna do them like that.”