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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30: 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)
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JAY-Z Talks Kanye West Friendship And Beef: "You Brought My Family Into It, Now It's a Problem"

Hov sat down with Rap Radar for an in-depth interview. 

JAY-Z's 4:44, is so much more than just another rap album. The 10-track, 36-minute effort finds the rapper baring his soul, letting listeners into the world he's concealed for so long. Since its release, Hov has spent the past few weeks dissecting the different layers of his latest offering in his TIDAL series, Footnotes, addressing everything from racism and masculinity to relationship woes.

And in his first interview since the album's release, JAY-Z recently sat down with Rap Radar Podcast host Elliott Wilson for part one of his two-part interviews that was released Friday (Aug. 18) to further unpack the messages of 4:44, discuss the album's development process and address his feud with Kanye West.

Early on, he explained on 4:44 he wanted to recapture some of that creative magic artists possess early on.

"Just like from the beginning of someone's career and making that sort of album that really means something -- touches the culture like a touch point, moves conversation and just be really f---king good and sh-t -- it's, like, a hard thing to do because you're so removed from where you were in the beginning," he told the podcast hosts. "And I really had to like think about what I wanted to say on this album at the time, think about the next thing, what was the next thing that I wanted to say and I didn't want to just make an album to just put out music, I wanted to be important."

JAY-Z began to craft his 13th studio album at the top of 2017, on Jan. 3, beginning with 4:44's opening track "Kill Jay Z" and "The Story of OJ", using "real-life" experiences that he was dealing with at that time as the cornerstone of the project.

"This album has a lot of topics that's why it had to be so short, it's so condensed," he said. "It's so dense with subject matters and all these other things that if it was longer, you wouldn't be able to take it; it would wear you out. It had to get to a point really quickly and be as dense as it is and No I.D. what he's doing with the samples, he's playing samples like jazz improv. No one's ever chopped records up the way those records are chopped up."

The influential rapper used his 10-track effort to shed light on a slew of relevant topics from racism to black excellence and entrepreneurship, heard on tracks like "Legacy" and "Family Feud" and says his advice to the black community is nothing new since he's "been trying to do that since the beginning."

"If you listen to Reasonable Doubt, that's there. Listen to The Black Album, listen to S. Carter mixtape, the first song that comes on is "Young, Gifted and Black." So it's been a constant in my career, not as concentrated and as prolonged not as a theme for an entire project but I've been doing that forever."

Later, the subject of Jay's lines about his "little brother" Kanye West on "Kill Jay Z" came up and the icon launched into conversation about better knowing his own self, as well as the persona; issues with his friend.

"It's not even about Kanye, it really isn't," he said. "His name is there, just because it's just the truth of what happened. But the whole point is 'You got hurt because this person was talking about you on a stage.' But what really hurt me was, you can't bring my kids and 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."

Apparently issues with JAY-Z came to a head for Kanye last year when he launched into multiple rants during concerts about Hova and his wife, Beyonce, and lamented the fact that their kids never played together.

"He knows that he crossed the line," said JAY-Z. "I know him. He knows. I know he knows, because we've never let this much space go between one of our disagreements, and we've had many, because that's who we are. That's what I like about him. He's an honest person, he's open and he'll say things and he's wrong a lot of times and he'll confront it."

Elsewhere in the interview, Hov discusses the album's creative rollout process, his stance on the Spotify vs. TIDAL riff and plenty more in the lengthy sit-down.

Watch JAY-Z's full Rap Radar interview here.

This article was originally published on Billboard.com

 

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“I can’t believe my fans sometimes,” Minaj captioned a cascade of videos of her on stage breaking the bad news to fans. “After waiting for hours & hours, they still tried to be understanding.”

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“Production was told the building does not have the power to facilitate my lifts,” Minaj explained. “They’d get the show powered up then the breaker would basically trip after a few mins.”

XL Promotion, the company promoting the show in Slovakia, shared a different story on Facebook. “The Winter Stadium of Andrew Nepelu meets all the technical standards and the agency XL Promotion respected all the conditions sent by the production of Nicki Minaj,” reads the post.

The company blamed Minaj for deciding to cancel, and added that they have done a number of “large world productions” for musical acts including Depeche Mode, Lenny Kravitz, One Republic and “many others.” XL Promotion vowed to refund all ticket holders.

Some of Minaj’s loyal Barbz waited up to seven hours before being told that the show was cancelled, according to comments on her Instagram post and tweets from fans.

Minaj said that she felt “horrible” about the whole thing. The Young Money rhymer also promised to “figure out a way,” to come back and make up for the missed performance, which was the second stop on the European leg of her Nicki WRLD Tour featuring Juice WRLD. The jaunt kicked off in Germany Thursday and rolls into Poland on Feb. 24.

Read Minaj's full Instagram post below.

 

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Gutted. Heart broken. I can’t believe my fans sometimes. After waiting for hours & hours, they still tried to be understanding. Production was told the building does not have the power to facilitate my lifts (which don’t only move me below & very VERY high above the stage, but also move all our props, furniture, dancers, band, etc.), our lighting rig, fog, cryo, confetti, movies/visuals. They’d get the show powered up then the breaker would basically trip after a few mins. Juice WRLD & I waited while they did this over & over for 3 hours. Some of my fans came from Austria, Nigeria, etc. I met w/a lot of them & they had the best, sweetest energy. I’m so disappointed. Slovakia, I love you so much & I’ll do everything in my power to get back to you as soon as I can. I think the venue/promo team probably didn’t expect a rap show to have such over the top production. We run the risk of someone getting hurt if we start the show & smthng malfunctions mid-show. Sorry we couldn’t have a great night together. We’ll be in Poland on Sunday @ a building that can facilitate our show. ♥️🙏🏽

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1. The first victim is identified by the initials HW, who is believed to have had sexual relations with Kelly from May 1998 to 1999. The charge was determined by the fact that during the time of their sexual encounters, HW was under the age of 17 while Kelly is alleged to have been more than five years older.

2. RL is the second victim that has been identified by prosecutors, who is believed to have been sexually involved with R. Kelly from 1998 to 2001. RL was believed to be under the age of 17, while Kelly was at least five years older.

3. The third victim, identified as LC engaged in sexual intercourse on Feb. 2003. The count was determined by semen found on the body for the purpose of "sexual gratification."

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5. If convicted, Kelly faces up to 70 years in prison.

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The selected, local artists will begin the program in Detroit, where Lampert's grandfather started his music career and will receive a grant that can cover necessary equipment, time in the studio, as well as living expenses amongst other things. There are plans to expand Unplugged to other locations, but as of right now it's solely in the Motor City.

"Kicking it off in Detroit, we're giving artists the means and resources to pursue their passion," Tidal said about Unplugged. "This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity allows aspiring musicians to dedicate more time and energy to seeking a career as an artist."

Unplugged will also allow the artists to maintain complete ownership of their recording masters from the four songs they will record when they make it to the first stage of the program. Additionally, Tidal plans to help the musicians with the distribution and promotion of their music, as well as help the artists prepare for a TIDAL Unplugged showcase concert later this year in November.

 

Detroit, welcome to TIDAL Unplugged. Up-and-coming artists are getting the opportunity to give their all to their music with our new artist grant program. Submissions open March 1. https://t.co/krL3l8HHGg pic.twitter.com/w30fElrp6N

— TIDAL (@TIDAL) February 21, 2019

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Detroit-area artists can apply for the program on Tidal's official website or here, starting on March 1, 2019. Finalists will be announced in May 2019.

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