Ever since the release of 4:44, JAY-Z has used Fridays as the day to release a new music video on TIDAL.
However, this week Hov and TIDAL decided to do something a little different. Instead of dropping a new video, theRap Radar Podcast, the TIDAL-sponsored hip-hop podcast starring Elliott Wilson and Brian “B. Dot” Miller, released an extensive interview with the legendary rapper.
To put this in some context, JAY-Z hasn’t conducted an interview since the Magna Carta… Holy Grail era. A lot has happened since, from beef with Kanye West to fights with Solange to drama with his wife Beyoncé.
JAY doesn’t seem reluctant to talk about anything. Here are some highlights.
When speaking about his issues with Kanye West, which got inflamed when ‘Ye ranted about Hov at a concert, JAY said:
“What really hurt me was, you can’t bring my wife and my kids into it…Like, Kanye is my little brother. He’s talked about me a hundred times. He even made a song called ‘Big Brother.’ We’ve gotten past bigger issues. But you brought my family into it, now it’s a problem…You know it’s a problem because me and him would have been talked about it, been resolved our issues. And he knows crossed the line. He knows. And I know he knows. ‘Cause we’ve never let this much space go between one of our disagreements and we’ve had many. That’s part of who we are.”
JAY also talked about the diss on “Kill Jay-Z.” The rapper said he wasn’t dissing ‘Ye, but, rather, he was talking about himself, and he was analyzing his reaction to getting called out by Kanye:
“It’s not about a Kanye diss…I’m talking about me. When I say, ‘You dropped out of school/You lost your principals,’ I’m not talking about Kanye. I’m talking about me. The whole thing.”
Speaking on the infamous Solange elevator video, JAY brushed it off, calling Solange his “sister” and saying “We’ve had one disagreement ever. Before and after, we’ve been cool.”
When asked if that incident created three great albums, he said:
“I think we went into the elevator as great artists…I’ve always loved Solange’s music; I thought she was slept on until this last album… I think B made an incredible album before, a hundred of them.”
Jay didn’t just talk about gossip. He went real in-depth in how he created the 4:44 album, saying the process really started on January 3rd with him recording “Kill Jay Z” and “The Story of O.J.” JAY mentioned that the reason why he got co-production credits on a majority of the songs is he was the one bringing sample ideas to executive producer No I.D.
If you have TIDAL listen to the interview below. And also expect more because this is just the first part of the interview. There’s a second portion coming soon.