Known as a private person, Jay-Z is finally coming clean these days. With the release of 4:44, he is opening up about a number of mysteries surrounding him, including the infidelity accusations, being a Black man in America, as well as the juiciest of all – his alleged feud with fellow rapper and former collaborator, Kanye West.
In a rare interview with Rap Radar Podcast host Elliot Wilson, Hov first spoke about his musical creative direction on the album. “Just like from the beginning of someone’s career and making that sort of album that really means something – touches the culture like a touch point, moves conversation and just be really f*cking good and sh*t, it’s like, a hard thing to do because you’re so removed from where you were at the beginning. And I really had to like, think about what I wanted to say on this album at the time, think about the next thing, what was the next thing I wanted to say, and I didn’t want to just make an album to just put out music, I wanted it to be important.”
Soon the conversation takes a detour to Jay-Z’s “little brother”, Kanye West. How are they doing? It doesn’t look like they’re on good terms at all. Jay-Z gets clear on that topic, “It’s not even about Kanye, it really isn’t. His name is there, just because it’s the truth of what happened,” he says, referring to his track, Kill Jay-Z off 4:44. “But the whole point is, you got hurt because this person was talking about you on stage. But what really hurts me was, you can’t bring my kids and my wife into it. Kanye’s my little brother. He’s talked about me 100 times. He made a song called ‘Big Brother’. We’ve gotten past bigger issues. But you brought my family into it, now it’s a problem with me. That’s a real, real problem. And he knows it’s a problem.”
Jay-Z continues, “He knows that he crossed a line. I know him. He knows. I know he knows, because we’ve never let this much space go between one of our disagreements, and we’ve had many, because that’s who we are. That’s what I like about him. He’s an honest person, he’s open and he’ll say things and he’s wrong a lot of times, and he’ll confront it.”
So now you know.