Jay-Z & Michael Fassbender are GQ’s Men of the Year: deserving?


Jay-Z covers the new issue of GQ Magazine, the annual “Men of the Year” issue. Jay is this year’s “Man of the Year”… which is fine with me. I prefer to see someone like Jay, who is at the top of his game in his career, his fame and his personal life, rather than someone who just has a really great publicist and not much else. Like, Ryan Reynolds or something. But would you like to know the best part about this issue? They’re featuring Michael Fassbender as “Breakout of the Year”. YEEEEeeeesssSSS (said with a sexy hiss). Fassie deserves all the awards and accolades, at all times. The nice GQ rep even sent us a hi-res photo of Fassie (below). Also featured? Mila Kunis as “Knockout of the Year” and Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallow as “Showmen of the Year” – you can see the slideshow here, and the only interview that’s been released thus far is the Jay-Z one – the full piece is here. Here are some highlights:

Jay-Z on Kanye’s obsessing over microdetails during the recording of the album: “I think he just can’t help himself,” Jay says. “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 seventy-five versions of a snare on one song and he’s like, ‘No!’ and you’re like, ‘Come on, man.’ ”

Jay on his father leaving and how that affected him: “If your dad died before you were born, yeah, it hurts—but it’s not like you had a connection with something that was real,” Jay says. “Not to say it’s any better—but to have that connection and then have it ripped away was, like, the worst. My dad was such a good dad that when he left, he left a huge scar. He was my superhero. [I talked about] what it did to me, what it meant, asked him why. There was no real answer. There was nothing he could say, because there’s no excuse for that. There really isn’t. So there was nothing he could say to satisfy me, except to hear me out. And it was up to me to forgive and let it go.”

Jay on their (he and wife Beyonce) decision to announce their baby at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards: “It was actually Bey who wanted to [announce] it,” Jay says. “You want to be in control of your life.”

Jay-Z, when asked if he’ll be putting a car seat in the Maybach: “Yeah,” Jay smiles. “Wouldn’t that be great? That would be a great picture.”

[From GQ]

Jay’s been wanting to be an official father for a while, and I know, I know, you’re just going to yell at me and tell me he has babies all over the place and God knows, maybe Beyonce isn’t really knocked up fo’ real and blah et cetera. But it will be interesting/nice to see Jay and Bey turn into doting parents publicly, right? And if they really are expecting a girl, will that change Jay? Hold that thought and just stare at the Fassbender for a while.


Photos courtesy of Nathaniel Goldberg/GQ.

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  1. I.want.shoes says:

    Oh man, they went a little crazy with the photoshop color! His eyes look possessed and he has lipstick on.

  2. gobo says:

    @I.want.shoes, totally agree. He has piercing eyes anyway but this was totally unneccesarry and freakish looking.

  3. Marni says:

    Those eyes are just crazy scary.

  4. flourpot says:

    I had that color lipstick back in the 80′s. Not a good look for him. :P

    real eye color, lest we forget:

  5. Jen34 says:

    Totally unnecessary what they did to that photo. He’s perfect and needs no help.

    And Jay Z is ho-hum. I have no interest in either him or his wife.

  6. Erinn says:

    I’ve never understood the Fassbender attraction. He’s a good looking guy, but meh.

    I feel bad for the unfortunate photoshop though

  7. brin says:

    Co-sign with Jen34.

  8. Ally says:

    I’m loving the pic of Jay. That man can wear the crap out of a suit!!!

  9. Quest says:

    The eyes are over the top photoshop.

    @ Kaiser: “YEEEEeeeesssSSS”, that “yes” sounded much more than excited nickers, LMAO!

  10. Leah says:

    I was going to comment on the photoshopped eyes but I see everyone else did. Still looks great in that suit though!

    @8, Jay-Z can wear the hell out of anything. That suit looks great on him.

  11. Amanda says:

    His eyes are nice. Why did they mess with them?

  12. truetalk says:

    wow! Jay-Z is looking gooooood!

  13. BooRadley says:

    Agree with both, but somebody should have told the photoshop guys you don’t have to match the eyes to the shirt.

  14. You don't say says:

    He looks like one of those possessed devil children from the movie “Children of the Damned”. Just plain creepy. Not sure why they thought his eyes had to match his shirt. He is also really thin, which translates to sexy in men but anorexic in women–not sure why.

  15. HoustonGrl says:

    Ok, why did they dress Fassie like the office mail boy? And the eyes? The ice man cometh.

  16. Elizabeth says:

    There’s no denying Jay-Z’s accomplishments in music and business. He is brilliant. But I don’t like the man’s morals. She cheats on his wife, hangs around with dumb ass jerks (Kanye West) and flashes his money everywhere in really materialistic ways. You’re a leader, dude, there’s no argument about that. Now step up and act like one.

  17. Incredulous says:

    Fassbender’s laser eyes and worryingly pink lips are very disconcerting.

  18. Ari says:

    I just watched A Dangerous Method yesterday and it was kinda meh but he was hot as hell in it. So was Viggo for that matter.

    He is so lovely.

  19. jinni says:

    The spice must flow!

  20. yahoo says:

    Jayz is absolutely ugly if he weren’t rich none of you would give him a second glance.

    Fassy’s eyes are naturally beautiful and don’t need photoshop.

  21. GoodCapone says:

    Too much photoshop on Michael Fassbender. Still hot though.

  22. no thanks says:

    jay looks ok, the other dude the eyes look evil, makes me shiver

  23. truetalk says:

    @yahoo; Jay-Z looks very nice in this picture. Donald Trump is very rich but i wouldn’t give him even the 1st glance not to talk of the 2nd.lol

  24. munachimso says:

    Jay-z looks stunning nd fassbender looks hot too but dose eyes….. NO!!!

  25. meme says:

    I don’t think they photoshopped Fassbender. It looks more like real make-up and eye contacts to me. I guess it’s real pink lipstick and extra blue contacts he is wearing, and all of this to make him look more eerily or extravagant or whatever. Generally to create the “Wow!” effect and make people talk, and it seems they’ve got what they wanted :)

  26. Bopa says:

    Jayz has no real history in business. Dame Dash was the brains of their lable and clothing line and jay cut him out of that. Jay has a history of sponging off of others and once they help him get a payday he leaves them in the dust. I have no idea where this “great business man” Jay z folk lore came from. If you look at his actual accomplishments you’ll find many as far as his personal recording (with the help of others). What you won’t find is an original idea when it deals with business.

  27. ruby says:

    I’ve seen this kind of silly photoshopping already, it really sucks because it looks so creepy.

    And I’m not into Fassbender, he doesn’t do it for me.

  28. honeychurch says:

    Looks like the kind of photoshop that 14 year olds do on Livejournal. I’d still tap it.

  29. Jover says:

    Sorry J Z is just a self entitled materialistic celebutard; I’ll bet the average joe donates more money to charities as a percentage of their take home pay than this guy; and his music is awful misogynistic crap; he’s not courageous, honorable, humble or anything just shoves his wealth in our face and doing it in these economic times shows what a classless jerk he is – wonder how much he paid GQ for this? How about putting one of our veterans on – aren’t they more deserving oh that’s right there aren’t celebutards.

  30. wtf? says:

    jay zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…huh..wha???

    fassey has my vote for GQ man of the decade!!!

  31. Gigi says:

    Jay Z is the man. Roc Nation (Rihanna, J Cole) is a monster in the music industry and he’s one of the most influential men in entertainment, mostly because of his combining forces with Beyonce, but nonetheless he’s a force to be reckoned with.

  32. Sandra says:

    Kaiser, are you feeling alright? You didn’t go on and on about the Fassdong like you always do – I’m worried you might have permanently blown a gasket over him and can’t emote anymore.

  33. FingerBinger says:

    I’m really trying to get on the Fassy train, but I just don’t get the fascination. He’s a good actor though.

  34. Camille says:

    Oh Michael. Sigh.

  35. garvels says:

    Fassbender- Yes….Jay-Z-Ugh..soooo overated!

  36. Sue says:

    Why the hell do you photoshop the Fassbender? Sin against all that is unholy. Looks like he is wearing the lipstick I wore when I was 13.