interview: 2010

Jay-Z, Beyonce and Aziz Ansari, photographed together backstage at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee on June 12, 2010.

That night Hov had performed a blazing 90-minute set to over 75,000 people as the day’s headlining act. Earlier Stevie Wonder had performed, and stayed side of stage for Jay’s set. “Wait till I tell my mama that Stevie Wonder stuck around for my set!” an ecstatic Hov told the crowd. The festival’s review in SPIN magazine crowned him “King of Bonnaroo” and declared that “every major worldwide music festival should probably keep him on retainer as headliner.”