In the wake of the release of 4:44, Jay Z addressed long term friend and collaborator Kanye West.
Jay is known for his subliminal shots but on the album, you could make no mistakes about who his shots were aimed at. On the track ‘Kill Jay Z’ he raps: “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 thinkin’ / 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.’ This was in response to some of the allegations Kanye made in his onstage breakdown at the end of last year, accusing Jay Z of having ‘killers’ and not coming to visit him after Kim Kardashian was robbed in Paris.
Well, it has emerged that there is more to the situation than trading rap blows. It has since come out that Kanye sent Jay Z’s company Tidal a ‘breach of contract” letter a month ago, in hopes of ending his relationship with the corporation and receiving the seven-figure cash owed to West. His lawyers believe the subscribers to Tidal — more than 1.5 million — were unaccounted for in bonuses. Furhtermore, Kanye argues that the streaming company owe him in music video reimbursements after Kanye’s The Life of Pablo album were also missing, while JAY-Z’s side argue West has yet to deliver the videos and is thus holding them hostage until the pay is received.
The situation still remains very unclear and is complicated. It will be interesting to watch how the story develops.