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It’s been nearly a month since Jay-Z first announced his partnering with Budweiser to curate the “Made In America” Festival, and with tickets still available, fans are still chomping at the bit for more from the Brooklyn rapper. Now, in the wake of the festival announcement, Hova reflects on his long road to the top.

Jay explained to MTV that he doesn’t feel that his success as an individual artist is separate from Hip Hop. He said that he feels that he doesn’t operate separately from Hip Hop culture in anyway, so that in a sense, his personal triumphs are a benefit for the entirety of the Hip Hop community.

“I’m not jaded by the whole process,” he said. “I’m a fan of the journey as well. I see myself as part of the collective of Hip Hop. I don’t see myself as a thing that operates outside of it. So when I do these sort of things [like Budweiser’s ‘Made In America’ Festival], I’m like, ‘Man, we’ve come a long way.'”

Check out the full interview below.

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