“There’s genuine love there,” Jay says
The pair’s friendship had become strained recently, with West criticising Jay on stage late last year, claiming that his former friend hadn’t called him since his wife Kim Kardashian was the victim of an armed robbery in Paris. Kanye also alleged that Jay-Z had the power to put a hit out on him. Meanwhile, Jay-Z’s recent album ‘4:44’ featured lines thought to be a disses towards Kanye.
Now, speaking recently to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dean Baquet for The New York Times, Jay revealed that he last spoke to West “the other day, just to tell him, like, he’s my brother”.
“I love Kanye. I do,” Jay continued. “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.”
“In the long relationship, you know, hopefully when we’re 89 we look at this six months or whatever time and we laugh at that,” Jay added. “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. 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,” Jay went on to say of Kanye. “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…