Posted Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at 10:26 AM
Last week, Jay-Z launched a new style and culture website called
Life + Times
. His friend Gwyneth Paltrow pronounced it "
" in today's special edition of GOOP; Jay-Z returned the favor by deeming Gwyneth's website "
." So the two multi-hyphenate media moguls decided to interview each other for their respective sites. And we're so glad they did! Because in the
Life + Times Q-and-A with Paltrow
, we get this wonderful nugget of trivia about GP's personal history with hip-hop:
Shawn Carter: Personally I was very surprised at your extensive knowledge of hip-hop songs. Particularly how you can sing '90s hip-hip songs word for word. I can't even do that! How does a girl from Spence discover hip-hop?
Gwyneth Paltrow : I first was exposed to hip-hop when I was about 16 (1988) by some boys who went to collegiate. The Beastie Boys were sort of the way in for us preppie kids. We were into Public Enemy, Run-DMC and LL Cool J. But then I went to LA the summer between my junior and senior year of high school and I discovered N.W.A which became my obsession. I was fascinated by lyrics as rythym and how Dre had a such different cadence and perspective from say, Eazy-E, who I thought was one of the most ironic and brilliant voices hip-hop has ever had. It was an accident that I learned every word of Straight Outta Compton and to love something that a.) I had no real understanding of in terms of the culture that it was emanating from and b.) to love something that my parents literally could not grasp. But I was hooked. I can't remember what I ate for dinner last night but I could sing to you every single word of N.W.A's "Fuck Tha Police" or [Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock's] "It Takes Two." Go figure.
The post is titled "Straight Outta Compton?" Question mark not ours.