By Jasmine Washington
After releasing his 4:44 album, along with thought-provoking visuals and corresponding behind-the-scenes conversations with Footnotes, Jay-Z has the 'net buzzing once again.
In one of his most candid interviews to date, Jay-Z finally addressed a number of topics that fans were dying to know about during an hour long chat with Rap Radar's Elliott Wilson and Brian "B.Dot" Miller.
From the infamous elevator spat with his sister-in-law Solange Knowles, to the truth behind his feud with Kanye West, check out four gems Jay-Z dropped during his first interview following the release of 4:44:
While Hov admits that he wasn't dissing Kanye West on "Kill Jay-Z," he does confirm that there's bad blood between the two.
"It's ["Kill Jay-Z"] not even about Kanye. It really isn't. His name is there because its just truthful, what happened. The whole point is you got hurt because this guy was talking about you on a stage but what really hurt me was you can't bring my kids and my wife into it... We've gotten past bigger issues but you brought my family into it and that's a problem with me... He knows it's a problem. Me and him would have been talked about it. We would've been resolved our issue. He knows that he crossed the line... We've never let this much space go between one of our disagreements and we've had many. It's a part of who we are... The real song is about Shawn Carter talking to Jay-Z, killing off the ego at the beginning of the album so we can have a different kind of conversation."
All is well between him and Solange.
"We've always had a great relationship. I fought my brothers and argued with my brothers my whole life. It just so happened that who we are, these things go into a different space. It ain't nothing. That's my sister, not my sister-in-law... my sister. Period."
He supports Lavar Ball's Big Baller Brand.
"Like Lavar Ball he said 'I'm gonna start my own company.' Everybody was like 'you should sign to Nike.' He may go about things wrong. He may have a big mouth... but I bought three pairs. Why did I buy three pair? I didn't get them. But that man has a vision of his own. Why wouldn't I support him? He feels like he can move culture and his son got a big enough name and a big enough brand that they can do it. Nike had to start somewhere. Why do we get so upset when we as a culture want to start our own sh-t. That sh-t is puzzling to me."
Hov clears up whether or not he intentionally dissed Future on "The Story of O.J."
"I really don’t mean any malice...I’m not discrediting all step-pops in the world. It was a line to say, that could happen to me in my future. It just so happened that his name was Future, and then I just made a scheme out of it... I wasn’t trying to put Future down. We just made a song together, I don’t have any problems with him."
Jay-Z dropped so many gems and it's only the first part of his interview with Rap Radar. We wonder what he'll tackle in the followup installations.
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