Jay Z is one of the most respected artists in the rap world but even he can acknowledge strides that the new generation is making. In a hour long intervew for his blog "Life + Times", Jay Z discussed hip hop is about healthy competition. He sees artists like J. Cole and Drake coming for that top spot. In his eyes its all about competing against someone's legacy, similar to how he competed against his forefathers' legacies.
On competition in rap:
"I'm competing with their legacy, I wanna be better than Rakim, I wanna be better than Kane, that's why I'm doing this but I respect them...it's clear how much I respect those guys. You have to respect the person that opened the door and laid some groundwork for you. There's a fine line between that."
On J.Cole and Drake:
"I'm sure Cole thinks his album is better than mine, and I'm cool with that, he supposed to believe that, but there's a respect thing. Even Drake, we have a great relationship. I know he feels like, 'I'm the next one, I'm right here,' we hear the lines, 'feelin' like the throne is for the takin, watch me take it..' you know he's feeling it, it's cool, it wasn't meant with malice or disrespect, it's just like 'I'm comin, acknowledge my existence.'"
On Drake as being his biggest competitor:
"He's definitely Kobe Bryant."
The interview also touched on the Trayvon Martin situation. The rapper and his wife, Beyonce, have been very vocal about the George Zimmerman verdict along with many others. Jay Z revealed that he did not sleep for two days after hearing the verdict.