“JAY-Z and Gayle King: Brooklyn’s Own” sets air date on CBS Network

"JAY-Z and Gayle King: Brooklyn's Own" sets air date on CBS Network
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For the first time ever, the whole hour-long interview special, which has already been watched by millions, is getting a special feature with never-before-seen interview highlights!

The rare interview with hip-hop star and business mogul JAY-Z will be featured in a prime-time special dubbed “JAY-Z and Gayle King: Brooklyn’s Own,” airing on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The hour-long special will follow the series premiere of “NCIS: Sydney,” and it will be broadcast on the CBS Television Network and streamed on Paramount+. 

“CBS Mornings” co-host Gayle King anchors the broadcast where the viewers can expect “JAY-Z” – born Shawn Corey Carter – to share his early life by talking about growing up in a music-loving household in Brooklyn’s Marcy Houses. He also gave Gayle King an exclusive tour of the “Book of HOV” exhibit at the Brooklyn Public Library, where a new exhibit explores his life and legacy.

“The fact that people go there and, like, take pictures in front of this is just amazing to me ’cause this, you know, the Marcy Houses that I grew up, it was not a tourist attraction,” he reminisced. In the interview, he also opens up about his business career, how he makes music, and the stories behind some of his famous lyrics. The special also features footage from a 2002 “60 Minutes II” interview, where viewers will see a younger JAY-Z before becoming the globally influential figure he is today. 

“He’s more than a musician, he’s a mogul,” King says. “He’s more than a rapper, he’s a visionary.”

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Born and raised in New York City, Jay-Z began his musical career in the late 1980s. Through his business ventures, Jay-Z became the first hip-hop billionaire in 2019. As of 2023, he is the wealthiest musical artist in the world, with a net worth of US$2.5 billion. Being one of the world’s best-selling music artists, with 140 million records sold, Jay-Z has won 24 Grammy Awards, the tenth-most of all time and most awarded for any hip-hop artist, jointly with Kanye West.

He has been awarded the NAACP’s President’s Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, a Sports Emmy Award, and has been nominated for a Tony Award. He has been ranked by Billboard and Rolling Stone as one of the 100 greatest artists of all time. That’s not it! Jay-Z was the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the first solo living rapper inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Despite all his achievements, during the interview, Jay-Z opened up and shared his thoughts on how his focus has shifted from making music to helping others improve their futures

“I think what matters most is, today, is, being a beacon and helping out … my culture.” 

Further adding, “People of color. I think I pull the most satisfaction from that. Like making music earlier was, like – my first love. I could sit there for hours. It consumed me. Just finding words and figuring out words and how to say this and different ways to say that and different pockets and melodies and how to write this song… That consumed me. That’s why my pace was so fast. I had so much material … And I think now, you know, the idea of, of taking that platform and, you know, reproducing it for others or doing something like Reform … I think I derive the most joy from that.”

“JAY-Z and Gayle King: Brooklyn’s Own” is produced by “CBS Mornings” and See It Now Studios for CBS News. Gayle King and Shawna Thomas are the executive producers.

Take a look at the official teaser from the interview below: