Jay-Z vs. Kanye West: Whose side are you on? | The Tylt
Jay-Z vs. Kanye West: Whose side are you on?
Hov and Yeezus have bumped heads on-and-off since the beginning. Kanye was signed as an in-house producer to Roc-A-Fella records in the early '00s, producing music for Jay. While Jay wasn't reportedly on the train for 'Ye to become a rapper, Kanye released his commercially-successful debut album "The College Dropout" on Roc-A-Fella in 2004.
But even with creative masterpieces, came creative differences—they just happened to experience both with each other while creating "Watch The Throne." Jay revealed in an interview they fought about certain material making it onto the album. The LP dropped in 2011 and is revered as one of the greatest hip-hop collaborations of all time. "Ni**as in Paris" became the biggest hit from the album, topping the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. The banger peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Below are some notable, but explicit lyrics to "Ni**as in Paris," per Genius.
🎶 So I ball so hard mothafuckas wanna fine me. First niggas gotta find me. What's 50 grand to a mothafucker like me? Can you please remind me? 🎶
🎶 Ball so hard mothafuckas want to fine me. (That shit cray, that shit cray, that shit cray). Ball so hard mothafuckas want to fine me. (That shit cray, that shit cray, that shit cray). 🎶
🎶 She said, "'Ye, can we get married at the mall?" I said, "Look, you need to crawl 'fore you ball. Come and meet me in the bathroom stall. And show me why you deserve to have it all." 🎶
Let's be for real—Jay and 'Ye have had a rocky and shady history working together for years. While the two are rap geniuses, they often bumped heads. Jay has alluded to his friendship with Kanye being built mainly on business, and that reportedly fueled Yeezy's animosity towards him.
Also, there's an alleged feud between Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian. Bey reportedly has never liked Kim or what she represents, which further divided Jay and 'Ye. Jay and Bey skipped out on Kimye's wedding in 2014.
Whenever Kanye has had an issue with Jay, 'Ye has blasted the rap mogul during his concerts and even in some of his music. Jay has addressed his drama with Kanye over the years, basically saying sometimes brothers fight. But it wasn't until Kanye brought Bey and the kids into the drama that Jay reached a point of no return with Kanye.
It seems like Jay and Kanye have always been frenemies. Watch Genius' oral history of their shady friendship below.
Kanye is no stranger to rants, especially ones about his big brother Jay. But when he called out Jay and Bey for being shady during his Saint Pablo Tour in 2016, his beef with Jay hit an all-time low. Footage of the rant was released to the Internet, and his drama with Jay was no longer something they could easily patch up—we all knew it had officially boiled over.
Some sympathize with 'Ye, believing he truly looks up to Jay. Also, fans have been concerned with Kanye's mental wellness for some time, often pointing out his erratic behavior and rants, and hoping he gets the help he deserves.
Though, fans also argue 'Ye is a tortured, but musical genius. Sometimes, geniuses don't always agree with other geniuses. While Jay is a lyrical legend, 'Ye has the unique ability of truly understanding how to compose music and mix eclectic sounds.
Rolling Stone captured Kanye's words from his infamous 2016 concert rant:
"Beyoncé, I was hurt because I heard that you said you wouldn’t perform unless you won Video of the Year over me and over 'Hotline Bling,'" West said. "Now don't go dissing Beyoncé, she's great. Taylor Swift is great. We are all great people. We are all equal. But sometimes we be playing the politics too much and forget who we are just to win. Fuck winning, fuck looking cool. Fuck looking cool. Fuck being cool. Fuck all that, bruh."
"I've been sent here to give y'all my truth even at the risk of my own life, my own success, my own career. 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. Please call me. Talk to me like a man."
'Ye called out Jay way back in 2007 on "Big Brother," which is featured on his praised "Graduation" album. The song is an honest and emotional dedication to Kanye's idols, especially Jay. 'Ye also criticized Hov's actions on the track.
Below are some significant lyrics to one of 'Ye's most signature, non-commercial hits, per Genius.
🎶 I told Jay I did a song with Coldplay. Next thing I know he got a song with Coldplay. Back in my mind I'm like, "Damn, no way." Translate, español: "No way, José." Then I went and told Jay Brown. Shoulda known that was gonna come back around. Shoulda talked to you like a man, shoulda told you first. But I told somebody else and that's what made shit worse.🎶
Jay was done after Kanye's 2016 rant. Hov isn't here for his family being caught in the crossfire of his deteriorating "friendship" with 'Ye. Let's be honest here—Jay has always been about the business, but 'Ye has always gotten mixed emotions with business with Jay. Kanye has been praising, but ranting about Jay for years now. Which is it, 'Ye?
Jay's response to 'Ye finally made it clear that he's no longer [BLEEPING] around. Hov said it during a Tidal interview with the Rap Radar podcast:
"But what really hurt me, you can't bring my kid or my wife into it. Like, Kanye is my little brother. He's talked about me a hundred times. He even made a song called ‘Big Brother.' We've gotten past bigger issues, but you brought my family into it, now it's a problem."
"You know it's a problem because me and him would have been talked about it, been resolved our issues. And he knows crossed the line. He knows. And I know he knows. 'Cause we've never let this much space go between one of our disagreements and we've had many. That's part of who we are."
Jay allegedly blasted 'Ye on 'Kill Jay-Z," featured on his highly acclaimed comeback album "4:44." Jay responded to the allegation in his Tidal interview with Rap Radar. He said:
"It's not even about a Kanye diss. It's not a diss, I'm talking to myself the whole time," Jay-Z said on the podcast. "I'm not talking about Kanye when I say, ‘You dropped out of school / you lost your principles'—I'm talking about me. The $20 million thing shouldn't have been said. Sometimes, you go too far."
Nevertheless, the lyrics do still read like he's calling out his old friend 'Ye. Below are notable lyrics in question, per Genius.
🎶 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 'fuck 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, fuck was he thinkin'? "Fuck wrong with everybody?" is what you sayin'. But if everybody's crazy, you're the one that's insane. Crazy how life works.🎶
Kanye is also suing Tidal for an estimated $3 million. His team claims Tidal owes him money for various marketing efforts, according to Variety. VThe industry trade also reported:
“Notice has been given that [West] considers the exclusivity deal terminated,” says an insider familiar with the situation, who likens the amount owed — believed to be $3 million — to “chump change” when one considers the reported $200 million infusion Tidal recently got from Sprint for a third of the company. (Tidal, which was launched in March 2015 with a star-studded event in New York City, aims to obtain a billion-dollar valuation, and currently claims a $600 million valuation.)
“Tidal’s willingness to spar with an artist purportedly responsible for attracting 1.5 million new subscribers is perplexing,” offers James Sammataro, national head of Miami-based entertainment practice Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, which is not involved with either party. “Given all of the negativity surrounding Tidal from accusations of inflated subscriber numbers, a turnstile of CEOs, and recent dismay with ‘4:44’s’ release strategy — even Snoop Dogg elected publicly for a pirated copy of ‘4:44′ rather than subscribe — a lawsuit over a $3 million debt does not seem to be worth the fight.”
Jay and 'Ye are reportedly meeting face-to-face to not only discuss this legal dispute and hopefully squash their beef. We'll see about that. It seems as though the damage has been done. While it's also personal, 'Ye isn't afraid to call out his old friend for what he believes to be business-related issues. There's nothing wrong with 'Ye making sure his business with Jay is always right.