Sean Carter. Jay-Z. Hov. Whatever name one prefers to call him, one thing is certain--despite being knocked to the number two spot on Forbes' annual Hip Hop Cash Kings list--the iconic hip hop artist has had quite the year.
And now Jay can add fashion star to his list of accomplishments. The 42-year-old mogul landed the cover of T: The New York Times Style Magazine's men's fall fashion issue.
The article “The House That Hov Built” written by critically acclaimed author Zadie Smith, explores the contradictory environments—like “hardcore hip-hop” and “pop-rap”—that Jay-Z simultaneously navigates with confident familiarity.
“In “Decoded,” Jay-Z writes that “rap is built to handle contradictions,” and Hova, as he is nicknamed, is as contradictory as they come,” writes Smith.
Jay shared a lunch of chicken parm and fish sandwiches with Smith as they spoke about his rise to fame, the boastful nature of rappers, and his lack of involvement in the Occupy Wall Street movement.
“I’m not going to a park and picnic, I have no idea what to do, I don’t know what the fight is about," he said, referring to a conversation he had with fellow hip hop mogul Russell Simmons. "What do we want, do you know?”
The family man also delved into his newly found fatherhood and his hopes for his daughter Blue Ivy, who turns one-year-old in a few months.
“She doesn’t have to be tough,” Jay-Z told Smith. “She has to love herself, she has to know who she is, she has to be respectful, and be a moral person.”
Jay, Bey, and their daughter Blue Ivy recently embarked on a family yacht vacation aptly fit for celebrity royalty. The paparazzi even managed to snap a few highly coveted pictures of the adorable baby girl.
Up next on his plate: the forthcoming completion of a sports arena that will house the NBA's Brooklyn Nets.
PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 15: Rapper Jay-Z (L) and singer Beyonce Knowles sit in the audience during the 58th NBA All-Star Game, part of 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend at US Airways Center on February 15, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Recording artists Jay-Z and Beyonce watch Rafael Nadal of Spain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia play during the Men's Final on Day Fifteen of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 12, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Musician Jay-Z and singer Beyonce attend the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Musician Jay-Z and singer Beyonce attend the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Jay-Z (L) and singer Beyonce Knowles during the 2011 NBA All-Star game at Staples Center on February 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
US singer Beyonce and her husband US rap singer Jay-Z watch the men's final match between Spain's Rafael Nadal and Sweden's Robin Soderling in the French Open tennis championship at the Roland Garros stadium, on June 6, 2010, in Paris. AFP PHOTO PATRICK KOVARIK (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)
BOSTON - MAY 07: Singers Beyonce and Jay-Z sit courtside during a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on May 7, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Beyonce (L) and Jay-Z during the swearing in of Barack Obama as the 44th US president in Washington on January 20, 2009. AFP PHOTO/ TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Singers Beyonce (L) and Jay-Z arrive at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 18: Music artists Jay-Z (L) and Beyonce Knowles watch the 2007 NBA All-Star Game February 18, 2007 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Singer Beyonce Knowles and rapper Jay-Z perform onstage at Conde Nast Media Group's Third Annual Fashion Rocks Concert at Radio City Music Hall September 7, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
MIAMI - APRIL 11: Rapper/producer Jay-Z and singer Beyonce Knowles attend a game between the Toronto Raptors and the Miami Heat on April 11, 2006 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The Heat defeated the Raptors 106-97. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 23: (EXCLUSIVE) (L-R) Singer Beyonce Knowles poses with Jay-Z at the 'Beyonce: Beyond the Red Carpet auction presented by Beyonce and her mother Tina Knowles along with the House of Dereon to benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation June 23, 2005 in New York City. The exhibition will showcase 18-24 costumes worn by Beyonce chronicling her film, television and video appearances. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Rapper Jay-Z and girlfriend Beyonce Knowles arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons on February 27, 2005 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Singer Beyonce Knowles and rapper Jay-Z arrive at the 77th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on February 27, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
DENVER - FEBRUARY 20: Rapper Jay Z and singer Beyonce Knowles attend the 2005 NBA All Star Game at the Pepsi Center on February 20, 2005 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
MIAMI - AUGUST 29: Rapper/producer and nominee Jay-Z and singer Beyonce Knowles arrive at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena August 29, 2004 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
LONDON - MAY 8: Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z perform on stage during the first day of the 'The Prince's Trust Urban Music Festival' at Earls Court, on May 8, 2004 in London. The two-day show is the UK's largest ever urban music event and is backed by the royal charity. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 15: Singer Beyonce Knowles and boyfriend Jay Z attend the 2004 NBA All-Star Game held at the Staples Center, February 15, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11: (NY DAILIES OUT) Singer Beyonce Knowles and rapper Jay-Z perform onstage at the Z100 Jingle Ball 2003 at Madison Square Garden December 11, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Rapper Jay Z and singer Beyonce Knowles are seen at the Rosa Cha by Amir Slama Spring/Summer 2004 Collection at Bryant Park during the 7th on Sixth Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on September 13, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 28: (U.S. TABLOIDS OUT) Jay Z and Beyonce perform onstage during the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 28, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
FLUSHING, NY - SEPTEMBER 5: Singer Beyonce Knowles and boyfriend Jay Z attend the womens semi-finals at the 2003 US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium September 5, 2003 at the USTA National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, in Flushing, New York. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)