We all know that Kanye West has zero problems telling people his opinions. The rapper is famous for his rants, with topics that range from how amazing his wife is, to how he believes he is the next Walt Disney. What we didn’t expect, was that a Kanye rant would ever be targeted at his friend and mentor, Jay Z.
During his concert in Seattle last week, Kanye Went let it rip about his frustrations towards Jay Z. Watch the video below:
From the sounds of it, Kanye has clearly been harbouring some resentment towards Jay Z for a while. During the course of his monologue, Kanye talked about how Jay Z’s tendencies to put Tidal and his business interests first, have had a direct impact on his ability to feature on certain tracks. The rapper said the following about the topic:
Let me tell y’all something. There will never be a Watch the Throne 2. You know why? Because that’s the reason why I wasn’t on the song [“Pop Style”]. I wasn’t on the song because of Hov. Because of some Tidal/Apple bullshit. This shit get me tight every time I perform this motherfucker. Y’all didn’t get what y’all was supposed to get with me and Drake on this song because of some Tidal/Apple bullshit. This shit got me tight. Every time I perform this song I think about the shit. I think about the politics and the bullshit. I think about how hard I go for music, for art, for y’all, for the fans—how hard we go. I started freestyling to it. Jay thought of a couple lines. I said, ‘Man, just go ahead and throw that on there. They’ll be so surprised. He probably wouldn’t expect you to be on there.’ And [Drake] was like, ‘Oh shit, The Throne is on this shit!’ Then Jay thought about it and, out of respect for Meek Mill, he ain’t want to be on the track. And I said, ‘Look, I’ll call Drake, I’ll call Meek, I’ll call y’all…we gotta let people have this song!’ But then it went out of that territory and it went into some Tidal shit, some political shit, some shit about percentages on songs. I can’t take this shit, bro! Our kids ain’t never even played together. Run that shit.
This isn’t the first time Kanye has aired out his irritation on how the battle between all the music streaming services has affected music lovers, so we aren’t surprised by his sentiments. What’s interesting, however, is the part where we says ‘our kids ain’t never even played together.’ It has become evident in the last year or two that Kanye isn’t necessarily as close to Jay Z as they have been in the past. For starters, Jay and his wife Beyoncé, did not attend Kanye’s wedding, which definitely set tongues wagging. There have also been rumours that Jay Z and Beyoncé want no parts in Kanye’s life because of his decision to marry Kim Kardashian who lives her life (or used to) very much in the spotlight.
Kanye went on to express his hurt at the fact that Jay Z didn’t come and see him after Kim was attacked in Paris a couple of weeks ago. He said the following:
Don’t call me, after the robbery, and say ‘How you feelin’?’ You wanna know how I’m feeling? Come by the house. Bring the kids by the house, like we’re brothers
We get the feeling that Kanye is more disappointed than anything and wants the relationship the two once had, but perhaps he airing it out in public the way he did wasn’t necessarily the right way to go about it. So far, Jay Z has not responded to Kanye’s accusations. Although this is the case, Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder, Kareem “Biggs” Burke, commented on the situation saying he was surprised to hear that Kanye had issues with Jay. He told Page Six the following:
When you hear these things in public, it’s a little shocking. The last I saw [West], he spoke really highly of Jay. I’m not sure about the relationship at this point. I spoke to Jay [after Kanye’s rant] and we’re both just like, ‘We miss the old Kanye.’ From what I know of Kanye, he’s usually really honest. So it sounds like something he’s going through right now. He may [say] something like that, and then three weeks later he may be back to, ‘That’s my brother.’ But at this point, with everybody’s career, we’re a little too old for rap beef.
Yikes. We hope Kanye and Jay squash their issues – we want that Watch The Throne 2 album!