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JAY-Z Reacts to Online Debate Over ‘$500,000 Cash or Lunch with JAY-Z?’ | Watch

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Jay-Z attends the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony for DJ Khaled on April 11, 2022, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

*According to JAY-Z, if you’re given the option to receive $500K or lunch with him, “You gotta take the money,” he said. 

The rap icon discussed the “$500,000 in cash or lunch with JAY-Z” debate during a sit down with Gayle King for an interview on “CBS Mornings.” This question has been discussed online for several months by fans of the rapper.

If Jigga had to choose, he’d also take the money. 

“Because you got all that in the music for $10.99. That’s a bad deal. I wouldn’t tell you to cut a bad deal,” he told King, People reports. “Take the $500,000, go buy some albums and listen to the albums. It’s all there.”

The hip-hop star added: “If you piece it together and really listen to the music for the words, for what it is, it’s all there. Everything that I said was going to happen, happened. Everything that I said I wanted to do, I’ve done, and there’s the blueprint,” he added, referencing the title of his iconic 2001 album. “The blueprint — literally — to me and my life and my journey is there already.”

JAY-Z sat down with King to speak about “The Book of HOV” exhibit at the Brooklyn Public Library, which explores his body of work and efforts to help reform the criminal justice system, per a news release. 

According to the library’s website: “The Book of HOV features never-before-seen images, art and ephemera from the artist’s archives, providing an unparalleled look at an extraordinary life and career. This free, immersive experience is one of the only installations of its scope to be housed in an active public space and features text, audio and curation by Roc Nation teams and partners.”

The exhibition is free and open to everyone and will be up until December 4, 2023.

Watch a preview of JAY’s conversation with King above.

READ MORE: JAY-Z: Here’s How the Rapper Became Hip-Hop’s First Billionaire 

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