Jay-Z gives an in-depth interview to Rap Radar where he discusses the Kanye West beef, Lavar Ball and much more.
Jay talking about Kanye:
“Kanye’s my little brother. He’s talked about me a hundred times. He made a song called ‘Big Brother.’ We’ve gotten past bigger issues. But you brought my family into it and now it’s a problem with me. Now, it’s a real, real problem. And he knows it’s a problem because me and him would have been talked about it, we would have been resolved our issue, but he knows he crossed the line. I know him. He knows. Not only does he have to know, I know he knows because we never let this much space go between one of our disagreements and we’ve had many. That’s part of who we are. That’s what I like about him. He’s an honest person. He’s open and he’ll say things and he’s wrong a lot of times but we’ll confront it.”
Hov’s new album 4:44 has drawn a lot of praise and criticism from fans and celebrities. Jay also addresses the album and rumors.
Jay speaks on the money phone line:
“I didn’t even tell people to stop using the money phone. I didn’t say that. It doesn’t say that anywhere. I had to listen again. How is this being misinterpreted. I just said it ain’t money to us. It ain’t. That’s just an honest statement. Money to us is me and my three friends on the floor in Golden State. Not because the seats are expensive but because that’s what we’re doing here. You never seen that. Or building brands and pushing them forward. That can’tbe the end-all. That can’t be our goal, to get money and show it on the internet. That’s some corny shit. You can do it. I’ve been saying it. ‘Chains is cool to cop, but more important is lawyer fees.’ That’s my first album. I’ve always been trying to give people game. Here, learn from my experiences.
“I want the youth to do better. I want them to go further. I wanna look back and say ‘man, they took the paton and look what they did with it.’ And that’s not the answer. That will lead to tax problems and you’re not gonna be around forever. Yes, have fun. I’m not the fun police, but that can’t be it. That was the message I was conveying.”
Jay on dissing Future and Jewish people:
“That doesn’t make any sense. We just did a song together. I don’t have any problems with him. I don’t have a reason to try to embarrass him. It was just a rap thing. We’re so sensitive with rap, too. We’ve got to a place where you can’t say anything without apologizing.
“I thought about that line. I thought about hip-hop and I was like, I really don’t mean malice. What I mean by that is, the way his situation plays out because he’s such a public figure, mine would have played out that way and maybe four times more. His child is in a loving environment from what I see, I don’t know. I’m not discrediting step pops in the whole world. It was just a line to say, ‘That could happen to me in my future.’ Just so happened, his name was Future, and then I just made a scheme out of it. I didn’t mean any malice, but that’ a genuine fear.”
“It’s hard for me to take any [resistence] serious, because I exaggerated every black image in the world. If even you, as the Jewish community, if you don’t have a problem with the exaggerations of the guy eating watermelon and all the things that was happening… If you don’t have a problem with that, and that’s the only line you pick out, then you are being a hypocrite. I can’t address that in a real way. I gotta leave that where it is.
“Of course I know Jewish people don’t own all the property in the world. I mean, I own things! [laughs] It was an exaggeration, much like that racist cartoon.
“I pretty much said if you want to be good at property and things like that, follow this pattern. It’s almost like saying Kobe Bryant shot a lot of shots. And if you want to be good at basketball, practice, shoot a thousand shots, do what he did. And Kobe comes out and says ‘what you trying to say, every black guy plays basketball?’ That’s how ridiculous it is. Context is everything. And the context of the song clearly outlines what I’m trying to say and the point that I’m trying to say — “you guys did it right!”
Jay on 4:44 being his most personal album:
“I didn’t wanna just make an album to put out music, it needed to be important.
“There’s a couple things happening. On “You Must Love Me,” it’s 1997, people don’t know the people involved. So when you hear this story you not really attached to the people. You don’t really know them like that, you don’t know my mom. You come to know these characters at this point.
“And then I’ve never been so open for so long. Usually, it’s one song, two songs, three songs on an album. Then it’s sprinkled in other songs. But, for an entire album, to make 10 ‘You Must Love Me’s’ is new. And it kind of makes people uncomfortable.”