Jay-Z has been putting in work on his 4:44 tour, trying to give his fans top-notch entertainment. Apparently though, Jigga fans want a little more from him. Within the past few days, rumors that Jay and Kanye West settled their beef at a 4:44 stop have been running around.
If the two powerhouses had finally buried the hatchet, it would have signified the end of a year long feud. In early 2016, West began claiming that Jay’s music streaming service Tidal owed him $3 million for unpaid advances and bonuses after streaming Life of Pablo on the service. Kanye said that his album pushed over one million new subscribers, so he needed to be compensated. The deal must not have been dealt with to Kanye’s liking because he went on to drag Jay’s wife and first born daughter into the argument.
In Jay-Z’s mind, Kanye’s rant was the beginning of the feud. “He knows that he crossed the line,” Jay said afterwards. “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.”
Proving that people truly shouldn’t do business with friends, the two are still not on speaking terms. The blurry video that hit the internet, posing as a Yeezy and Jigga reunion, is nothing more than fake news.
The fraudulent video was originally posted by World Star Hip Hop, but it was quickly deleted after viewers started comparing the outfits between the video and other pictures from Jay’s concert. After
fans investigators went to work, they found that the video was actually from the duo’s Watch the Throne tour.
And everyone took a big, long sigh of disappointment.
Staying on Topic
The only thing Jigga is doing for sure on his 4:44 tour is sharing his views on current events. That star has made a habit of using his stage as a platform to support cultural movements.
One movement that he has been particularly vocal about is Colin Kaepernick’s ongoing protest of the anthem — an action that is still causing a noticeable division in the NFL. Being fed up with “bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder,” the former 49ers quarterback began to sit during the national anthem, opposing the tradition to stand during the song.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way,” Kaepernick stated in a post-game interview, nodding to the deaths that led to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Change is a group effort, so Kaepernick’s fellow football players carried on his message even after he was fired from the 49ers. Doing his part, Jay-Z stopped one of his concerts to explain that though Kaepernick’s actions seemed to deepen racial divisions, it shouldn’t have.
“What they’re doing is not about a flag. It’s about justice. It’s about injustice… And that’s not a black or a white thing. It’s a human issue,” Jay said as a crowd scream in agreement.
“Everybody should feel the same way. If your 16-year-old child left the house and didn’t come back, everyone should be effected. That’s not a black or a white issue, that’s a human issue. That’s a young person who lost their life senselessly.”
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