After more than a year of rumored spatting, JAY-Z and Kanye West’s relationship finally appears to be on the mend. Recently JAY-Z discussed his bromance with Kanye West, and what he said comes as a huge sigh of relief to followers of the longtime pals and collaborators — especially those who have been missing the magic of their joint musical efforts.
In a new interview with T, The New York Times Style Magazine, Jay revealed that he and the "Famous" rapper recently been in contact with one another:
“[I talked to] Kanye the other day, just to tell him, like, he’s my brother ... 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.”
Based on these comments, it appears that competition may have caused some friction in their relationship. Things definitely got intense in their feud, which began during West's 2016 Saint Pablo concert tour, when he went on an apparent attack against the hip-hop mogul and his superstar wife, Beyoncé while on stage in California.
After accusing Bey of rigging her MTV VMA Video of the Year win, West went on a tirade against Jay, claiming that he was avoiding his calls: “JAY-Z — call me, bruh. You still ain’t called me. Jay Z, I know you got killers. Please don’t send them at my head.”
Jay seemingly responded to the jabs in the song “Kill Jay Z” from his Grammy-nominated 4:44 album. Appearing to be speak directly to his friend-turned-foe, JAY rapped:
“You walkin’ around like you invincible
You dropped outta school, you lost your principles
I know people backstab you, I felt bad too
But this ‘f*ck everybody’ attitude ain’t natural
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’
He gave you 20 minutes on stage, f*ck was he thinkin’?
'F*ck wrong with everybody?' is what you sayin’
But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane”
However, it seems that the Brooklyn-bred emcee may have had a slight change of heart. He continued, in the T interview,
"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 … we gonna always be good.”
Although neither revealed what specifically started the feud, during the Seattle stop of his 2016 tour, West claimed that the rapper never checked in on him and his wife, Kim Kardashian after her devastating Paris robbery.
West also claimed that he and the 47-year-old music tycoon's young children "have never even played together” and alleged that there were some issues over the JAY-Z owned streaming service TIDAL, which West had once been affiliated with before reportedly severing ties with the platform. West's tour was ultimately canceled when he was reportedly admitted and held for evaluation shortly thereafter.
It's unclear just how long things had been souring up until that point, but its worth noting that JAY-Z was not present at West's wedding to Kardashian in 2014. It had also been rumored that Beyoncé and Kardashian never really took a liking to one another. However, there seems to have been a recent breakthrough when the ladies were seen being cordial to one another at the recent wedding of Serena Williams, a mutual friend. That seemed to end their reported animosity, if it was ever actually real.
As far as JAY-Z and West are concerned, a reconciliation could mean that the once rumored follow-up to their collaborative album, Watch The Throne may be a possibility. While fans will have to patiently wait to see exactly what's to come of their reunion, it’s great to hear that JAY-Z and Kanye West are ready to put their differences aside. It's honestly been way too long.