You know for as great of an emcee and businessman as Jay-Z is, Shawn Corey Carter is one of the biggest hypocrites and while I don’t know him personally, I do know that he, not unlike countless other rappers and businessmen, contradict their selves on a daily basis. The reason why I know about Jay-Z’s contradictions is because I am a fan of his music and have listened to his contradictions since June 25th 1996, the day his debut album, and at the time slept on classic, Reasonable Doubt was released.
Now I couldn’t tell you when I started noticing his contradictions, perhaps it was this line from Feelin-It, “I know I contradicted myself, look, I don’t need that now It’s just once in a blue when there’s nothing to do and the tension gets too thick for my sober mind to cut through.” On the other hand, it could’ve been any of his lyrics about wanting to be better than the drug dealer that succumbs to his hunger pangs for millions even if it means killing off people that look like him to achieve that monetary goal.
Whatever the case may be despite his many contradictions they do not take away from the emcee I like or the person I perceive him to be. But what is perplexing to me, is his latest contradiction and despite the fact that it was 15 years in the making, nothing ever quoted on an album is ever forgotten.
Jay’s contradictions are displayed during his recent interview with Rap Radar podcast hosts Elliott Wilson and Brian “B.Dot” Miller. Jay-Z is asked about his relationship with Kanye West because of his song “Kill Jay Z,” from his latest album 4:44, “I know people backstab you, I feel bad too / But this ‘F–k everybody’ attitude ain’t natural / But you ain’t the same, this ain’t KumbaYe / But you got hurt because you did cool by ’Ye / You gave him 20 million without blinkin’ / He gave you 20 minutes on stage, f–k was he thinkin’? / ‘F–k wrong with everybody?’ is what you sayin’ / But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane.”
When pressed if this was a diss to Kanye, Jay answered, “It’s not even about a Kanye diss. It’s not a diss, I’m talking to myself the whole time.”
However, Jay also admitted that some of West’s comments about Beyoncé didn’t sit well with him. He referenced West’s rant at a concert in California last year, in which Ye slammed Jay-Z, his wife, and commented that their kids never played together.
“The whole point is, You got hurt because this person was talking about you on a stage,” Jay-Z said. “But what really hurt me was, you can’t bring my kid or my wife into it. Kanye’s my little brother. He’s talked about me 100 times. He made a song called ‘Big Brother.’ We’ve gotten past bigger issues. But you brought my family into it, now it’s a problem with me. That’s a real, real problem. And he knows it’s a problem.”
The fact that Jay feels Ye crossed an imaginary line when he mentioned both Beyoncé and his kids is a little surreal. Many of us remember the much more disrespectful words that Jay-Z said about Nas’ baby mother on 2001’s Supa Ugly during their now infamous battle during the early 00’s. Lyrics like “All I know is your hoe wants to be with me, and she ain’t playing, and what I’m saying she creeps with me and sleeps between the sheets… [and] I came in your Bentley backseat, skeeted in your jeep, left condoms on your baby seat” are so much worse than Ye saying their kids don’t play together or that Beyoncé didn’t want to attend an award show if she finished second to Ye. Jay’s own mother told Jay that he was out of line and demanded that he apologize about his lyrics in Supa Ugly.
So for Jay to get in his feelings over a 20-minute rant about things that admittedly should have been kept in house is laughable when being compared to leaving condoms in baby car seats and calling his foe’s girlfriend a hoe. But I guess when we grow older we are allowed the luxury of conveniently forgetting about the disrespectful shit that we’ve said in the past.
Again I am a Jay-Z fan, but a spade is a spade and if Jay can feel that Ye crossed a line what does he think about his words about Nas’ girlfriend and baby? And I get it, what Jay said was 15 years ago, and yes, Jay has matured and all is fair in love and a rap war, but even Jay can’t deny that what he did was albeit worse, the act was still the same, Jay disrespectfully talked about a man’s baby momma and his kid.
What do you think? Do you think Jay-Z is a hypocrite? Or do you think Jay-Z’s and Kanye’s situations is different?
Talk to me, I’ll talk back.