The Kanye West-Jay-Z feud recently reached a new level when West brought Jay-Z’s wife, Beyoncé, and their daughter Blue into the mix. Jay-Z finally spoke up about the feud and the speculation surrounding certain lyrics on his new album, 4:44.
In a recent interview on the podcast Rap Radar, hosts Elliott Wilson and Brian “B.Dot” Miller asked about Jay-Z’s song “Kill Jay Z,” which has brought up a lot of speculation over who could be speaking or who is being spoken about. “It’s not even about a Kanye diss,” said Jay-Z. “It’s not a dis. I’m talking to myself the whole time.”
The question came up mostly because it features the lyrics, “I know people backstab you. I feel bad too / But this, ‘Fuck 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. Fuck was he thinkin’? / ‘Fuck wrong with everybody?’ is what you sayin’ / But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane.”
Those lyrics could be construed multiple ways. The rapper’s clarification definitely sheds light on the truth behind the feud though. It reveals a lot about what he thinks of his fellow rappers and world-runners, Kanye West specifically. But Jay-Z makes it clear that this isn’t meant to be a diss track about West, and instead about himself. Does this mean he thinks he holds some fault or blame for the feud? And does it have anything to do with West’s words before his hospitalization?
“The whole point is, ‘You got hurt because this person was talking about you on a stage,’” started Jay-Z. “But what really hurt me was, you can’t bring my kid or my wife into it. Kanye’s my little brother. He’s talked about me 100 times. He made a song called ‘Big Brother.’ We’ve gotten through bigger issues. But you brought my family into it, now it’s a problem with me. That’s a real, real problem. And he knows it’s a problem.”
There hasn’t been a response from West yet, but such a personal attack would seem to warrant a bigger conversation. Whether his side of the story will be public or he’ll approach Jay-Z privately this time is yet to be seen, but there’s a lot of work to do with this relationship.