Jay-Z was crowned "The King" for 2011 in the GQ Men of the Year rankings. Joining Jay-Z on the magazine's list were "Breakout" Michael Fassbender and "Showmen" Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon. A lone woman made it into the pages, with Mila Kunis landing the "Knockout" honor. Jay spoke with the publication about the prize and also touched on his work with perfectionist Kanye West on their Watch the Throne. Next year will be an even bigger year for Jay when he and wife Beyoncé Knowles welcome their first child together, and he spoke about their decision to go public with the news and how the little one will fit into their lux lifestyle. Jay-Z said:
- Jay-Z on working with perfectionist Kanye West: "I think he just can’t help himself. He puts so much into everything, and he’s like, ‘You have to treat it like I treat it.’ It drives you crazy sometimes — like when you’ve put 75 versions of a snare on one song and he’s like, ‘No!’ and you’re like, ‘Come on, man.’"
- On Beyoncé's deciding to announce her pregnancy at the VMAs: "It was actually Bey who wanted to [announce] it. You want to be in control of your life."
- On putting a car seat in the Maybach: "Yeah. Wouldn’t that be great? That would be a great picture."