So why did Kanye West and Jay Z fight? The friendship between Kanye West and Jay-Z began back in the ’90s when West was enlisted to create beats for JAY-Z’s Roc-A-Fella Records.
As time went on, the rappers openly shared the evolution of their working relationship, ultimately giving rise to the massively successful joint venture known as Watch the Throne.
Despite the passage of time, the camaraderie that defined their early days appeared to fade away in recent years—until now.
Why Did Kanye West and Jay Z Fight?
The tension between the two rappers began heating up after Kanye’s memorable stage moment at the 2009 VMAs, overshadowing Taylor Swift and Jay’s wife, Beyoncé. Rumblings of trouble surfaced when Jay and Beyoncé skipped Kanye and Kim Kardashian’s wedding.
Things took a hit when Kim faced a robbery in Paris, and Jay didn’t extend support during Kanye’s tough time. The breaking point came in November 2016 during a 17-minute speech at the Saint Pablo Tour in Sacramento.
Kanye’s words ranged from praising Donald Trump to pleading with Jay Z not to have him harmed. Jay Z’s 2017 album, “4:44,” added fuel to the fire with several pointed disses directed at Kanye.
Kanye West Called Out Jay Z For Not Reaching Out?
West expressed disappointment with JAY-Z for not reaching out when Kim Kardashian faced a traumatic incident, being robbed at gunpoint in Paris.
During his Saint Pablo tour in Seattle, West shared with the audience, “Don’t just call me after the robbery and ask ‘how are you feeling?’ If you want to know, come over to the house. Bring the kids, like we’re family.
Let’s sit down and talk.” He emphasized, “I can’t handle this, man. Our kids haven’t even had a chance to play together.”
Kanye West Left Jay-z’s Tidal
Kanye West has reportedly cut ties with Tidal, the streaming service led by JAY-Z, and things seem to be getting pretty rocky. According to TMZ, West says the company owes him a cool $3 million, which is connected to his pivotal role in launching Tidal.
The whole disagreement revolves around West’s 2016 album, The Life of Pablo. Initially, it was exclusively on Tidal, and it brought in a whopping 1.5 million new subscribers.
For this substantial bump in users, West was supposed to get a multi-million dollar bonus. However, he claims that Tidal hasn’t handed over the cash.
TMZ suggests that Tidal held back the bonus because West didn’t follow through on delivering exclusive video content to the platform after The Life of Pablo dropped. West fired back, saying he’d hand over the videos once he saw that bonus in his bank account. Talk about a musical showdown.
In December 2019 fans were sent into a frenzy when Kanye and Jay were seen chatting and taking photos together at P Diddy’s 50th birthday party.
Jay Z then featured on a track on Kanye’s album Donda – named as a tribute to his late mother who died in 2007 – on the title track and final song on the album.