The demise of Jay-Z and Kanye West's friendship has been the topic of much speculation in recent years, with a recent documentary even airing on Channel4 examining what happened between the pair.
The former friends, who even released a collaborative album under the 'Watch the Throne' banner, have not spoken in several years and now Jay-Z has finally opened up and talked about their beef.
In the first of a two-part interview that aired exclusively on TIDAL, he revealed that West's comments relating to his wife Beyonce and his family didn't go down well.
West made the comments from the stage last year on his Saint Pablo tour, saying: “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' [at the VMAs]. 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.”
He also berated Jay-Z for 'not calling' and complained that their children still hadn't played together. “You still ain’t called me," he said. "Jay-Z, I know you got killers. Please don’t send them at my head. Please call me. Talk to me like a man.”
“What really hurt me was, you can’t bring my wife and my kids into it,” Jay-Z said in the new interview. “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.”
He also denied that the track 'Kill Jay-Z' on his new album '4:44' was about West, despite lines like "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'?"
"It's not even about Kanye, it really isn't," he said. "His name is there, just because it's just the truth of what happened. But the whole point is 'You got hurt because this person was talking about you on a stage."
In the same interview, he also referenced that infamous elevator fight with his sister-in-law Solange. "'We've had one disagreement ever,' he said. "Before and after, we've been cool. She's like my sister. I will protect her. That's my sister. Not my sister-in-law. My sister.'"