Kanye West has blasted Jay Z in a furious onstage rant.
The 39-year-old rapper previously worked with the 99 Problems hitmaker on their 2011 album Watch the Throne, and they subsequently toured together, but he insists there won’t be a follow-up album because of conflicts between Apple – which has a close relationship with Drake – and Jay’s own streaming service Tidal.
Launching into Drake’s song Pop Style, on which he originally had a verse, he told the audience in Seattle: “Let me tell y’all something. There will never be a Watch The Throne 2. That’s the reason I wasn’t on this song.
“I wasn’t on the song cause of Hov. ‘Cause of some Tidal/Apple bullshit. And that shit be getting me tight every time I perform this motherfucker.
“I start freestylin’ to it. Jay thought of a couple lines, I said, ‘Man, just go ahead and throw that on there, [Drake] would be so surprised he probably wouldn’t expect you to be on there.
“And we sent it back to him. And he was like, ‘Oh shit, the Throne is on this shit.’ Then Jay thought about it, and out of respect for Meek Mill he didn’t want to be on the track. And I said, ‘Look, I’ll call Drake, I’ll call Meek, I’ll call y’all, we gotta squash this shit, we gotta let people have this song.’ But then it went into some political shit, some shit about percentages on songs.”
But it isn’t just professional grievances that Kanye has with Jay as he also slammed the 46-year-old producer – who has daughter Blue Ivy, four, with wife Beyoncé – for not visiting after his wife Kim Kardashian West was robbed at gunpoint earlier this month, and claimed his own children, North, three, and Saint, 10 months, have never met Jay’s little girl.
He fumed in videos shared online from Wednesday’s gig: “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 shit bro. Our kids have never even played together.”