The 4:44 rapper, who touched on his infidelity to Beyoncé and much more on his latest album, sat down for a rare interview with hip-hop journalist, Elliott Wilson, on Friday night (August 18).
The US rapper addressed speculation that he was taking aim at West on the opening track of his recent 4:44 album, “Kill Jay-Z.”
On his feud with Kanye West:
“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 a hundred times. He made a song called “Big Brother.” We’ve gotten past bigger issues. But you brought my family into it and now it’s a problem with me. Now, it’s a real, real problem. He knows it’s a problem because me and him would have been talked about it, we would have been resolved our issue, but he knows he crossed the line. I know him. He knows. Not only does he have to know, I know he knows because we never let this much space go between one of our disagreements and we’ve had many. That’s part of who we are. That’s what I like about him. He’s an honest person. He’s open and he’ll say things and he’s wrong a lot of times but we’ll confront it.
Don’t talk about anyone’s kid onstage. It’s too much energy. You give room for anybody to comment. Our children are already in this place where they are affected by our celebrity. Don’t go doing something that allows people to pit us against each other and talk about my child or even his child. Don’t do that.”
On Kanye’s decision to leave his Tidal music-streaming service:
“I don’t care about none of that. It’s Kanye’s decision and has always been his decision. I’ve never held anybody back in my life from doing anything. You can’t name one time I [held] people back. From what? I don’t do that. It’s not who I am. It’s nothing about business.”
On the shocking elevator fight with Solange:
“We’ve always had a great relationship. 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. We’ve 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 asked for his thoughts on the assertion that “three great albums came out of this situation,” the 4:44 artist replied:
“I think we went into that elevator great artists. That doesn’t surprise me.”
On his reaction to Beyoncé’s Lemonade album:
“We were working on our sh*t and becoming tight and super real with each other. That sh*t didn’t mean nothing. It’s hard, of course. It’s difficult to go through, but the real sh*t . . . I was there the whole time, the tour, the making of the album, it was therapeutic. It was good. It’s good to deal with your sh*t. It’s so worth it.”
The 47-year-old rapper also opened up about 4:44 track ‘The Story of O.J’, which drew criticism for its perceived antisemitism.
“I can’t address that in a real way. I gotta leave that where it is. It was exaggeration. Of course I know Jewish people don’t own all the property in the world. I mean, I own things! It was an exaggeration, much like that racist cartoon,” he said.
The interview also sees Jay-Z respond to the claim that he was dissing Future on 4:44 track ‘Kill U’, as well as delve into the process behind making 4:44. Listen to the interview with Jay-Z spilling his story, courtesy of Tidal.
Listen to the interview with Jay-Z spilling the tea, courtesy of Tidal.