Gwyneth Paltrow and Jay-Z Interview Each Other on Their Respective Lifestyle Websites

When Jay-Z launched the website Life + Times last week, he became the second big-name celebrity to try his hand at becoming an online lifestyle maven: Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow started the site GOOP in late 2008. Some wondered if the rival websites would turn these A-list friends into frenemies, spawning an online celebrity turf war for readers who want design advice from rich famous people.

But today it looks like Jay-Z and Paltrow are happy to co-exist online—They've each published interviews with the other on their respective sites:

Jay-Z probes Paltrow about her singing abilities and her knowledge of old-school hip-hop:

SC: Personally I was very surprised at your extensive knowledge of hip-hop songs. Particularly how you can sing '90s hip-hip songs word for word. I can't even do that! How does a girl from Spence discover hip-hop?

GP: I first was exposed to hip-hop when I was about 16 (1988) by some boys who went to collegiate. The Beastie Boys were sort of the way in for us preppie kids. We were into Public Enemy, Run-DMC and LL Cool J. But then I went to LA the summer between my junior and senior year of high school and I discovered N.W.A which became my obsession. I was fascinated by lyrics as rythym and how Dre had a such different cadence and perspective from say, Eazy-E, who I thought was one of the most ironic and brilliant voices hip-hop has ever had. It was an accident that I learned every word of Straight Outta Compton and to love something that a.) I had no real understanding of in terms of the culture that it was emanating from and b.) to love something that my parents literally could not grasp. But I was hooked. I can't remember what I ate for dinner last night but I could sing to you every single word of N.W.A's "Fuck Tha Police" or [Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock's] "It Takes Two." Go figure.

While Paltrow asks 'Hov about his awesomeness (and almost says the f word)

Q: You are the coolest man on Earth, how the f did you get like that?

A: I'm around great women, starting with my mom. Women keep men cool. The hotter the chick the cooler the guy ... that sounds like a really bad rap line!

Read Jay-Z's interview with Gwyneth Paltrow at Life + Times. Read Paltrow's interview with Jay-Z at GOOP.

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Eleanor Barkhorn is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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