The rapper used the first song,”Kill Jay-Z,” on his new album “4:44” to apparently reference his longtime relationship with Kanye West.
“You dropped outta school, you lost your principles,” the 47-year-old MC raps, slyly noting West’s debut album, The College Dropout, which JAY-Z executive produced.
“I know people backstab you, I felt bad too, but this ‘f**k everybody’ attitude ain’t natural,” he continues.
“But you ain’t a Saint, this ain’t KumbaYe. But you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye.”
“You gave him 20 million without blinkin’,” JAY-Z adds.
“He gave you 20 minutes on stage, f**k was he thinkin’?”
“‘F**k wrong with everybody?’ is what you sayin’,” he finishes the thought. “But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane.”
At a Seattle concert last October, Kanye West called out Jay-Z for not reaching out to him after his wife, Kim Kardashian, was robbed at gunpoint in Paris in October.
“Kill Jay Z” addresses an apparent fallout with Kanye West, which West made clear during a Sacramento concert in California, last November, not long before he was hospitalized for exhaustion.
During the Sacramento show, he mentioned that Jay-Z hadn’t called him and alluded to clear conflict between the two music partners.
“I’ve been sent here to give y’all my truth even at the risk of my own life, even at the risk of my own success, my own career,” West said.
“I’ve been sent here to give y’all the truth. Jay-Z call me, bruh. You still ain’t called me. JAY-Z, call me, Jay-Z I know you got killers. Please don’t send them at my head. Just call me. Talk to me like a man.”
The “Famous” rapper then went after Beyoncé during the diatribe, bringing up when he infamously interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech to tell the crowd that Beyoncé deserved the Video of the Year award during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
“Beyoncé, I was hurt,” West said.
“I went down seven years on behalf of you. … I am putting my career, my life, my public standing at risk when I talk to y’all like this. This is a moment in the matrix, bro. … Beyoncé, I was hurt because I hear that you said you wouldn’t perform unless you won Video of the Year over me and over ‘Hotline Bling.’”
Kante West’s tour was later canceled.
However, two months after his rant, Kardashian and West were spotted visiting Jay-Z and Beyonce in L.A. in January.
The they subsequently appeared to have patched things up and were seen celebrating together at a birthday party for Jay-Z and Beyonce’s five-year-old daughter Blue Ivy.
However, the “99 Problems” hitmaker has now addressed the fall out with his protege in public on his new song, “Kill Jay-Z,” off his latest album “4:44.”
Speaking about his new album, Jay-Z explained that the track is not to be taken “literal.”
“It’s really about the ego,” he explained after 4:44 debuted.
“It’s about killing off the ego, so we can have this conversation in a place of vulnerability and honesty.”