On Wednesday, The New York Times released a lengthy interview with Jay-Z in which the rap legend touched on topics including politics, going to therapy, and even the status of his relationship with Kanye West.
After Jay-Z helped launch West’s career — first hiring West as a producer on his Roc-A-Fella Records label and then signing his as a rapper — their collaboration hit its peak when they teamed up to release the landmark 2011 “Watch the Throne” album.
However, things soured between the two last year when, on his Saint Pablo tour, West went on a now-legendary rant in Sacramento. Stopping the show, West called out everyone from Beyoncé to Mark Zuckerberg, but then took a shot at Jay-Z.
“I’ve been sitting here to give y’all the truth,” West said to the crowd. “Jay Z, call me, bruh. You still ain’t calling me. Jay Z, call me… Jay Z. Hey, don’t send killers at my head, bro. This ain’t the Malcolm X movie. We growing from that moment. Let ‘Ye be ‘Ye.”
Two days later, West checked himself into a hospital.
Jay-Z fired back on his “4:44” album. In the song “Kill Jay-Z” he raps: “You ain’t a saint / This ain’t KumbaYe / But you got hurt because you did cool by Ye / You gave him $20 without blinking / He gave you 20 minutes on stage / [What] was he thinkin’?”