During the web-exclusive portion of Jon Stewart's Wednesday night interview with Jay-Z on The Daily Show Stewart asked the 40-year-old MC if he saw himself making music and hitting the road when he was 65, a la rock stalwarts like the Rolling Stones.
"I'm checking my knees now — I don't know about 65, but I'll get close. In order for rap to have that sort of longevity, we have to stop viewing it as a young man's sport... We have to view it as a serious art form," he said.
He went on to talk about how "Empire State of Mind" was a big hit in Germany, despite the obvious geographic boundaries, and how commonality helped make great music.
"You have more longevity if you get closer to the truth, and closer to who you are," he added. "After we take the labels — black, white, male, female — we take all those labels off us, we all basically want the same things. We love the same things."
Exclusive - Jay-Z Extended Interview [The Daily Show]