Friday 22 February 2019

'It's always been like a little underlying competition with your big brother' - Jay-Z and Kanye patching up friendship

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)
In friendlier times... (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)
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)

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JAY-Z is trying to mend his relationship with Kanye West, revealing they recently spoke.

The Stronger star famously took aim at JAY-Z and his wife Beyonce during one of his troubled concerts, just days before he cancelled his Saint Pablo Tour and was hospitalised for a mental evaluation in late November, 2016. The longtime pals subsequently appeared to have patched things up and were seen celebrating together at a birthday party for JAY-Z and Beyonce's five-year-old daughter Blue Ivy earlier this year.

In friendlier times... (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)
In friendlier times... (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)

The 99 Problems hitmaker has now revealed Kanye's onstage rant cut deep, but he recently reached out to his former collaborator.

"I (talked to) Kanye the other day, just to tell him he's my brother," he tells the New York Times Style magazine. "I love Kanye. I do. It's a complicated relationship with us."

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)

"Kanye came into this business on my label," he adds. "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...

"Everyone wants to be the greatest in the world... and then there's like a lot of other factors that play in it. But... we gonna always be good."

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)
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)

The 47-year-old admits there is still tension between the two, but they will eventually sit down and hash things out: "Hopefully, when we're 89, we look at this six months or whatever time and we laugh at that," he says. "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... I'm sure he feels that I've done things to him as well... I'm not a perfect human being by no stretch."

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