Jay-Z has revealed that he was shocked to find Eminem wearing a bulletproof vest when he met him after the rapper's successful record The Eminem Show in 2003.
"I never even told him this, but I remember that Eminem came into the studio when we made Moment of Clarity, which he produced, on The Black Album," the Daily Express quoted him as telling Interview magazine.
He added: "So here's Eminem. It's 2003, he was, like, the biggest rapper in the world - he sold, like, 20 million records worldwide or some ridiculous number. But when he came to the studio, I remember I hugged him and I could feel that he had on a bulletproof vest. I couldn't imagine being that successful. I mean, he's a guy who loves rap and wanted to be successful his whole career. Then he finally gets it, and there's this dark cloud over him. He has to be afraid to walk around New York freely," said Jay-Z.
"I was like, Here it is. You've gotten everything you wanted, and now you're a prisoner of your own fame. That's sad to me - that you have to walk around in a bulletproof vest after you've sold 20 million records. I found it sad," he said.