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Jay-Z 'can't stand' former best friend Kanye West and 'doesn't want much to do with him'

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Published 21/10/2016 | 07:49

Recording artists Kanye West (L) and Jay-Z accept the award for Video of the Year onstage during the 2012 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on July 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images For BET)
Recording artists Kanye West (L) and Jay-Z accept the award for Video of the Year onstage during the 2012 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on July 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images For BET)
Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Deadmau5 and Kanye West at the launch in New York yesterday of the new high-fidelity music-streaming service Tidal
(L-R) Singer Beyonce, rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West and television personality Kim Kardashian attend the 2012 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on July 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images For BET)
Kanye West (L) and JAY Z onstage at the Tidal launch event #TIDALforALL at Skylight at Moynihan Station on March 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Roc Nation)
(L-R) Sean "Diddy" Combs, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, and Anna Wintour attend the adidas Originals x Kanye West YEEZY SEASON 1 fashion show during New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 at Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images for adidas)
(L-R) Beyonce, Kim Kardashian with daughter North and Anna Wintour attend the adidas Originals x Kanye West YEEZY SEASON 1 fashion show during New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 at Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for adidas)
(L-R) Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, and daughter North attend the adidas Originals x Kanye West YEEZY SEASON 1 fashion show during New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 at Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for adidas)
Recording artists Kanye West and Jay-Z attend Roc Nation and Three Six Zero Pre-GRAMMY Brunch 2015 at Private Residence on February 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images For Roc Nation)
'People say, "Why aren't black celebrities speaking out more?" But look what happened to Kanye when he spoke out' - Minaj, right, with, from left, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian at the BET Awards in LA, California, in July 2012

Kanye West has taken aim at his mentor Jay Z for failing to personally visit him and wife Kim Kardashian following her terrifying armed robbery ordeal.

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The Stronger hitmaker got his start as a producer for Jay Z's Roc-A-Fella Records before embarking on his own rap career, but relations between the longtime pals have been particularly strained in recent years after Jay and his wife Beyonce decided against attending Kanye's Florence wedding to the reality star n 2014.

Kanye aired his latest grievances while onstage in Seattle, Washington on Wednesday night, accusing Jay of being a bad friend as he called to check in on West and Kardashian after Kim was robbed at gunpoint in Paris earlier this month.

"Don't call me after the robbery and say, 'How you feelin'?'" he began. "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."

(L-R) Singer Beyonce, rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West and television personality Kim Kardashian attend the 2012 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on July 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images For BET)
(L-R) Singer Beyonce, rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West and television personality Kim Kardashian attend the 2012 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on July 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images For BET)

"Our kids ain’t never even played together."

In fan video footage of the onstage rant, an emotional Kanye went on to reveal their children have never even had a play date, despite the fact their daughters are close in age.

He continued, "I can't take this s**t bro (sic). Our kids have never even played together."

Kanye, 38, also ruled out any plans for a follow-up to their hit joint album, 2011's Watch the Throne, declaring, "There will never be a Watch The Throne 2!"

Recording artists Kanye West and Jay-Z attend Roc Nation and Three Six Zero Pre-GRAMMY Brunch 2015 at Private Residence on February 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images For Roc Nation)
Recording artists Kanye West and Jay-Z attend Roc Nation and Three Six Zero Pre-GRAMMY Brunch 2015 at Private Residence on February 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images For Roc Nation)

His angry outburst came after he cut short a performance of Drake's Pop Style, which both Kanye and Jay had initially featured on.

Kanye claimed their verses were axed from the album version of the song due to an ongoing rivalry between Jay's streaming service Tidal and Apple Music, for which the Canadian hip-hop star is a spokesperson. Ironically, Kanye is among the co-owners of Tidal.

"I wasn't on this song because of Hov (Jay Z's nickname)," he complained to fans. "You didn't get what you were supposed to get because of some TIDAL-Apple bulls**t."

He then alleged Jay Z backtracked over his contribution to the tune due to Drake's ongoing feud with Meek Mill, who is dating another Tidal investor, Nicki Minaj: "Then Jay thought of (sic) it and out of respect for Meek Mill, he didn't want to be on the track."

(L-R) Sean
(L-R) Sean "Diddy" Combs, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, and Anna Wintour attend the adidas Originals x Kanye West YEEZY SEASON 1 fashion show during New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 at Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images for adidas)

Sources close to both parties have conflicting reports about what's really going on behind the scenes.

Insiders in West's camp told Page Six: "It didn’t seem like Kanye was dissing Jay at all. They are brothers, closer than friends. Jay appreciates Kanye’s genius, understands his passions and eccentricities and is accepting of it all."

But those close to Jay-Z said their friendship as it was is effectively over.

“Jay can’t stand him. He looks at him as this crazy, eccentric motherf**ker he can tolerate in small doses."

"The reality is that Jay doesn’t want that much to do with him. He likes his own space and is private. They’re very much not the same person. Jay’s immediate circle is very insular, and Kanye is just a guy who always wants something in the spotlight," the source said.

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