Boy Sh-t: Kanye West & Jay-Z
Kanye West and Jay Z are the Matt and Ben of hip-hop. Their friendship produced Watch the Throne, one the greatest albums in history. Individually, they are legendary artists. Together, they delivered adorable award show moments and classic live performances. I love them both so hard. So much so that there are moments in Kanye and Jay’s friendship that I revisit when I’m having a sh-tty day because they make me smile, without fail. Like this one:
That was right after Beyoncé epically revealed her pregnant belly at the VMAs. Who says Kanye never smiles? They look SO HAPPY. Well, it looks like those happy days are behind us. Hip-hop Matt and Ben may have broken up and I may never recover.
Fans of ‘Ye and Jay have been anxiously awaiting the follow up to their 2011 album. Well, according to Kanye, it’s never coming. Last night at his show in Seattle, Kanye talked about his strained professional relationship with Jay Z. What follows is some complicated boy sh-t that would make Taylor Swift proud so please bear with me. It all started when Kanye asked Jay to appear on a song for Drake’s album. In a leaked version of the song, Jay rapped two half-assed lines but those bars didn’t make it onto the album. The album version of “Pop Style” doesn’t feature Jay or Kanye. Kanye elaborated to say that Jay dropped out of appearing on the song because Jay didn’t want to be on the track “out of respect to Meek Mill.” OK.
Remember the Meek Mill and Drake beef? Why is Jay siding with Nicki Minaj’s wack-ass boyfriend? Apparently, Meek is signed to Roc Nation. Whatever. I don’t care about Meek Mill. No one does. I care that Kanye and Jay are not only professionally beefing but their personal relationship has also taken a hit. Here’s how Kanye further explained it:
“Y’all didn’t get what y’all was supposed to get with me and Drake on this song because of some Tidal/Apple bullsh-t…it went into some Tidal sh-t, some political sh-t, some sh-t about percentages on songs. I can’t take this sh-t, bro! Our kids ain’t never even played together.”
Kanye’s latest album and videos have been released on Tidal, Jay’s streaming service. Drake’s album was an Apple Music exclusive. So, it was business. That makes sense. What doesn’t make sense is that both Kanye and Jay are with Tidal, right? So why would that hinder the release of Watch the Throne 2?
Revisit the last line of Kanye’s concert rant:
“Our kids ain’t never even played together.”
Let’s not get it twisted. This is personal. We all know the kids he is referring to. They are Princess Blue Ivy Carter and Style-Icon-in-Training North West (I’m ignoring Saint West because of the age gap). In my day dreams, Blue Ivy and North are best friends who will grow up to join a Destiny’s Child-esque girl group with Riley Curry and bring it all full circle. In my dreams, Beyonce, Jay and Kanye go to PTA meetings together and have family barbeques on Sundays.
In reality, their kids don’t even play together. WHAT?
I mean, even if I don’t want to admit it, we already knew this. If they were having family barbeques and going to PTA meetings, there would be photographic evidence. I can’t remember the last time ‘Ye and Jay were papped together.
Kanye, as he does, kept going about his tense relationship with Jay.
Of course, he is referring to the robbery where his wife was tied up and held at gun point. Kanye stopped a concert mid-show to rush to his wife’s side after the incident. According to ‘Ye, a phone call from Jay wasn’t enough. Clearly, he’s mad at Jay for not being the big brother he needed in that moment. Kanye wanted Jay Z to show up. He wanted Jay to put aside label BS and hop on a song with his buddy. It’s actually kind of endearing. Kanye seems like the neglected little brother lashing out for attention.
Sometimes, I worry that Kanye doesn’t talk to anyone who isn’t in his wife’s family so this whole thing just makes me sad. Where are Kanye’s friends?
Finally, I want to say f-ck Tidal. I subscribe to Tidal out of blind devotion to Beyoncé and her husband but it’s not better than Apple Music, which I also subscribe to. Tidal is confusing, annoying and could be Jay’s biggest failure. Now, Tidal is responsible for breaking up my favourite Hollywood friendship? And for keeping the heirs of hip-hop royalty from being BFFs? F-ck Tidal.
I don’t want to live in a world where Kanye and Jay aren’t growing old together and raising their kids as besties. WHAT ELSE WILL YOU TAKE FROM US 2016?
Jason Merritt/ Getty Images