The rapper tried hard to impress

Jay-Z has revealed how he wooed Beyoncé Knowles with every romantic gesture he knew when they were first dating.

The rapper started pursuing Bey, 32, in 2001 and admits that he pulled out all the stops in an attempt to impress her.

‘Well, you know, you’ve got to try first,’ Jay, 43, tells Vanity Fair.

‘You got to dazzle… wine and dine. She’s a charming Southern girl, you know, she’s not impressed.’

Jay, whose real name is Shawn Carter, married the stunning Miss Knowles in 2008 and says the line “she was a good girl ’til she knew me” – featured on one of his new album tracks – was written about his wife.

‘She’s gangsta now,’ Jay quips.

The superstar couple are still going strong 12 years after they started dating and they welcomed their first child Blue Ivy Carter in January 2012.

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Anna Francis