If you had been losing sleep on the fractured relationship between one-time good buddies Kanye West and Jay-Z, there's good news.
It sounds like the rappers have buried the hatchet on any quibbles they may have had - which were raised by West at his final Saint Pablo gig last year, and referenced in Jay-Z's '4:44' album - if a new New York Times interview is anything to go by.
Jay-Z told the paper that he had spoken to West "the other day - just to tell him, like, he’s my brother”.
He added: "I love Kanye. I do. It’s a complicated relationship with us… 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. And 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 it’s gonna, we gonna always be good.”
He continued on to say that they would look back on the six months of turmoil when they're 89, and "laugh at that."
"There’s gonna be complications in the relationship that we have to get through," he said. And the only way to get through that is we sit down and have a dialogue and say, ‘These are the things that I’m uncomfortable with. These are the things that are unacceptable to me. This is what I feel.’ I’m sure he feels that I’ve done things to him as well. You know what I’m saying? These are — I’m not a perfect human being by no stretch. You know.
“I think he started out in a more compassionate position than me. You know what I’m saying? I don’t know if he’s had the level of — I mean, I had to survive by my instincts. I’m here because I grew up a different way. And I got out of that… He's a very compassionate person. And a lot of times he get in trouble trying to help others. So I can identify with it. It’s just that there’s certain things that happened that’s not really acceptable to me. We just need to speak about it. But there’s genuine love there.”