Jay-Z let it all out in this new interview.
Jay-Z has finally opened up about several long-simmering beefs in a wide-ranging interview on Rap Radar’s podcast. The rap mogul, who notoriously keeps things close to his Tom Ford vest, spoke frankly about his beef with long-time friend Kanye West and addressed the infamous elevator fight between himself and his sister-in-law Solange Knowles.
The rapper said that he wouldn’t have been upset with Kanye if he had attacked him from a Sacramento stage. But when West spoke ill of Jay’s wife Beyonce, he had to draw the line. While talking about the song “Kill Jay Z” off of his new album 4:44, Jay addressed the shots at his former producer and frequent collaborator.
“It’s not even about Kanye. It really isn’t,” he said. “His name is there, just because it’s just the truth of what happened. But the whole point is ‘You got hurt because this person was talking about you on a stage.’ But what really hurt 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 says that the bad blood that currently sits between the two of them has been the longest tiff between the pair since they’ve known each other. “He knows that he crossed the line. I know him. He knows,” Jay said. “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, we’ll say things, and he’s wrong a lot of times, and we’ll confront it.”
Later in the interview, Jay addressed the fight that occurred between him and his sister-in-law Solange Knowles at the 2014 Met Gala. Previously, the only acknowledgement of the incident came from a winking nod to it in Beyonce’s “***Flawless.”
“I fought my brothers and argued with my brothers my whole life. It just so happens, who we are, these things go into a different space, but it ain’t nothing,” he said. “We had one disagreement ever. Before and after we’ve been cool. She’s like my sister. I will protect her. That’s my sister, not my sister-in-law, my sister.”
When the interviewer suggested that three great albums came out of that one flashpoint, Jay Z had to laugh it off. “I think we went into the elevator great artists,” he said, laughing at the notion that Lemonade and A Seat At The Table were launched from that singular moment. “I’ve always loved Solange’s music. I think she was slept on until this last album. I think the album before was incredible, too.”
Listen to the interview
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