In a candid interview with Dean Baquet for T, The New York Times Style Magazine, JAY-Z revealed that he’s back on speaking terms with West — despite the “Gold Digger” rapper’s infamous 2016 Sacramento concert rant in which he called out JAY-Z and his wife Beyoncé. The Tidal founder later responded with the song “Kill Jay Z” on 4:44.
“[I talked to] Kanye the other day, just to tell him, like, he’s my brother,” the 47-year-old told the magazine. “I love Kanye. I do. It’s a complicated relationship with us…. ‘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. It’s always been like a little underlying competition with your big brother.”
JAY-Z continued, “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.”
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JAY-Z confirmed that there is still tension between the two entertainers, but he believes they’ll move past it.
“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? There’s gonna be complications in the relationship that we have to get through,” he explained. “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; I’m not a perfect human being by no stretch.”
The Brooklyn native explained that he and his Watch the Throne collaborator grew up and came into the music scene differently, but said the “compassionate” West “gets in trouble trying to help others.”
“It’s just that there’s certain things that happened that’s not really acceptable to me,” JAY-Z said. “And we just need to speak about it. But there’s genuine love there.”
In an interview with Rap Radar earlier this year, JAY-Z said he was upset that West, 40, brought his family into their drama.
“You got hurt, because this guy was talking about you on a stage,” JAY-Z said referencing West’s infamous Sacramento concert rant last year. “But what really hurt me, you can’t bring my kid or my wife into it. … We’ve gotten past bigger issues, but you brought my family into it, now it’s a problem with me.”