(L-R) Kanye West and Jay-Z attend Sean Combs 50th Birthday Bash presented by Ciroc Vodka on December 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
Jay Z explains “It’s a complicated relationship with us because Kanye came into this business on my label, so I’ve always been like his big brother,” he said. “And we’re both entertainers. It’s always been like a little underlying competition there with your big brother. 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. Then it’s like a lot of other factors that play in it. But it’s- we’re gonna always be good.”
When asked if there was still tension between him and Kanye, Jay said, “Yeah, yeah. But that happens in the long relationship. You know, hopefully when we’re 89, we look at this six months or whatever time and we laugh at that.”
“There’s gonna be complications in the relationship that we have to get through, 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.”
Meanwhile, Jay released his 4:44 album. It contains the song “Kill Jay-Z,” which appears to reference Kanye with the lyrics, “I know people backstab you, I feel bad too / But this ‘f–k everybody’ attitude ain’t natural / But you ain’t the same, this ain’t KumbaYe / But you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye / You gave him 20 million without blinkin’ / He gave you 20 minutes on stage, f– was he thinkin’?/ ‘F–kin’ wrong with everybody?’ is what you sayin’ / But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane.”
In 2018, Kanye said on iHeartRadio’s The Breakfast Club show that he was “hurt” that Jay-Z and Beyoncé did not attend his wedding to Kim in 2014.
“I understand they were going through some things, but if it’s family, you’re not going to miss a wedding,” he said, referring to past cheating allegations involving Jay.