Jay-Z opened up on his simmering tension with Kanye West, stressing that West’s public references to his wife Beyonce and their children spurred an unprecedented chill between them.
‘You can’t bring my kids and my wife into it,’ the rapper, 47, said in a chat with Rap Radar’s Elliott Wilson and Brian ‘B.Dot’ Miller released on Friday.
The rapper opened up about the topic of of his tense relationship with Kanye, 40, in a short minute-long clip released on TMZ the same day.
‘We’ve gotten past bigger issues but you brought my family into it – that’s a problem with me, that’s a real, real problem.’
Jay-Z said he knows that Kanye ‘knows that he crossed the line’ and is keenly tuned to how big the rift has grown between them.
‘We’ve never let this much space go between one of our disagreements and we’ve had many, it’s part of who we are, that’s what I liked about him, he’s this honest person, he’ll say things – and he’s wrong a lot of times – and we’ll confront it.
The 99 Problems hit-maker’s words were in reference to Kanye’s onstage remarks during a now infamous concert November 19 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on his Saint Pablo Tour, that ended abruptly after the artist walked offstage.
On the stage, West – who was hospitalized in Los Angeles days after his rant amid a breakdown – admitted he had issues with the musical supercouple.
He said in the show, ‘Beyonce, I was hurt because I heard that you said you wouldn’t perform unless you won Video of the Year over me and over ‘Hotline Bling’ … sometimes we be playing the politics too much and forget who we are just to win.
‘F*** winning, f*** looking cool. f*** looking cool. f*** being cool. f*** all that, bruh.’
Kanye sniped at Brooklyn’s prodigal son in his rant, saying, ‘Jay-Z, call me, bruh. You still ain’t called me. Jay-Z, I know you got killers. Please don’t send them at my head. Please call me. Talk to me like a man.’
West had referenced Blue Ivy during his concert at Key Arena in Seattle in October, grousing that Jay-Z hadn’t called him in the wake of his wife Kim Kardashian being robbed at gunpoint in Paris earlier that month.
He said, ‘Don’t call me, after the robbery, and say, “How you feelin?” You wanna know how I’m feelin? Come by the house.
‘Bring the kids by the house like we’re brothers. Let’s sit down. I can’t take this s— bro. Our kids have never even played together.’
The Grammy-winner’s answers came after he was asked about his track Kill Jay Z, which many perceived to be a Kanye diss track – which Jay-Z claimed it was not – but more of an introspective song in which he’s ‘talking to [himself] the whole time.’