Jay-Z and Kanye West have a long history together. For nearly a decade the two have released chart-topping singles and their collaborative studio album Watch the Throne helped add another platinum plaque to their ever-growing list of accolades. But a rant made by Kanye last year led many to believe their relationship was in turmoil.
In a recent interview with Dean Baquet for the New York Times, Hov discussed Ye’s rant and said he expects to be friends with the rapper forever, despite their drama.
“I [talked to] Kanye the other day, just to tell him, like, he’s my brother. I love Kanye. I do. It’s a complicated relationship with us,” Jay-Z said.
“Hopefully when we’re 89 we look at this six months or whatever time and we laugh at that. You know what I’m saying? There’s gonna be complications in the relationship that we have to get through. 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,” JAY-Z explained.
“[West is] a very compassionate person. And a lot of times he gets in trouble trying to help others,” he continued. “So I can identify with it. It’s just that there’s certain things that happened that’s not really acceptable to me.”
Hov also spoke on teaching compassion to his children, being the only black man in the room with the Brooklyn Nets organization, and wanting Dave Chappelle for president.
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