Jay Z Opens Up to Gwyneth Paltrow on Inspiration of Life + Times

October 5, 2015

Gwyneth Paltrow got the GOOP on what inspired rapper Jay Z to start his newly launched website, “Life + Times,” a site that she describes as everything that is piquing his interest in the worlds of art, music, technology, design, sports, leisure, and style.

“I think it’s every human’s job to inspire others, to feed one another’s senses,” Jay-Z tells Paltrow. “Inspiration begets inspiration times infinity. Imagine if the person that was inspired to create the phonograph didn’t share it with the world.”

Tina Knowles, Beyonce Knowles, Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri front row at Marc Jacobs fashion show (2005)

On his all-time favorite inspirations in life, particularly fashion, Jay claims it's a world Marc Jacobs rules. “He takes the Bronx experience like 40 Below boots and bubble gooses [jackets] and puts it on the runway,” he said of the designer.

When asked why he's considered “the coolest man on Earth,” Jay says that behind every great man, there’s a great woman. “I’m around great women, starting with my mom. Women keep men cool…. The hotter the chick the cooler the guy…”