Jay Z and Kanye West’s relationship has been nothing short of an emotional rollercoaster. But now, fans are getting a little more insight into the pair’s love hate relationship.
The two rappers first collaborated on Watch the Throne back in in 2011, but somewhere along the way, the pair’s bromance started to dwindle. You might remember, they publicly started falling out last year after Ye went on a wild rant during his show in Sacramento and called out Beyonce.
That was then followed by the release of Jay’s album 4:44, where on a track titled “Kill Jay Z”, the rapper addresses his beef with the Chicago native.
“You dropped outta school, you lost your principles, I know people backstab you, I felt bad too,” he raps. “But this ‘f*ck everybody’ attitude ain’t natural, But you ain’t a Saint, this ain’t KumbaYe / But you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye, You gave him 20 million without blinkin’/ He gave you 20 minutes on stage, f*ck was he thinkin’? ‘F*ck wrong with everybody?’ is what you sayin, But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane.”
That $20 million line is a reference to the $20 million dollars Jay allegedly gave Kanye to stay with Tidal and not sign a deal with Apple Music.
Following the release of the song, reports surfaced that Ye wanted to pull out of Tidal because of a money dispute. Apparently, the music streaming company oweed Kim Kardashian’s husband over $3 million.
But in a new interview with T, The New York Times Style Magazine, Jay revealed that he and Kanye will repair their friendship in due time. “Cause, you know—Kanye came into this business on my label. So, I’ve always been like his big brother. And we’re both entertainers,” Jay-Z said.
He explained, “It’s always been like a little underlying competition with your big brother. And we both love and respect each other’s art, too. So, it’s like, we both—everyone wants to be the greatest in the world. You know what I’m saying? And then there’s like a lot of other factors that play in it. But it’s gonna—we gonna always be good.”
As for how the rapper described their relationship, he used one word: Complicated.
“But that happens. In the long relationship, you know, hopefully when we’re 89 we look at this six months or whatever time and we laugh at that. You know what I’m saying?” Jay confessed. “There’s gonna be complications in the relationship that we have to get through. And the only way to get through that is we sit down and have a dialogue and say, ‘These are the things that I’m uncomfortable with. These are the things that are unacceptable to me. This is what I feel.’ I’m sure he feels that I’ve done things to him as well. You know what I’m saying?”
He added, “These are—I’m not a perfect human being by no stretch, you know?”
And when speaking highly of the rapper, Jay did admit that West is “a very compassionate person. And a lot of times he gets in trouble trying to help others. So, I can identify with it. It’s just that there’s certain things that happened that’s not really acceptable to me.”
The New York rapper made headlines this week after garnering a whopping 9 Grammy nominations; most of which came from his album 4:44.