Posts tagged Jay-Z
Ever since Blue Ivy Carter came into the world in 2012, Beyoncé has been pretty shy about showing her daughter's face. In the first two years of Blue's life, we mostly saw the back of her head, but over time, everything changed. After Blue took the stage with Bey and Jay Z at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, we started to see that sweet little face more and more. After Bey announced that she was pregnant with twins, she blessed us with even more cute photos of Blue Ivy during her gorgeous maternity shoot.
While he won’t be inviting Kanye West over anytime soon for afternoon high tea (which really just involves sipping Hennessy and chowing down on crustless sandwiches while Beyonce walks around the pool doing vocal runs), Jay-Z finally opened up about that elevator throwdown back in 2014 with Solange Knowles. Surprisingly, it wasn’t to break down Bey’s “Flawless” remix to say “Of that billion dollars in the elevator, Solange represented somewhere around $40 and a Duane-Reade gift card.”
I guess Jay figured if he could bamboozle millions of fans into buying Tidal, he sure as shit could do it again in a simple interview and played the she’s-like-a-sister card. People magazine says he discussed it during a recent Rap Radar podcast.
“We had one disagreement ever. Before and after we’ve been cool. She’s like my sister. I will protect her. That’s my sister, not my sister-in-law. My sister. Period.”
In case you forget how this bro and sis treated each other, lemme refresh your memory. Sometime after the 2014 Met Gala, the Knowles sisters and Jay shimmied into an elevator at the Standard Hotel with their security detail. Shortly after the doors closed, Basement Baby let everyone know she had just finished reading Harry Potter, because she turned into the Womping Willow on Jay. Beyonce kind of just stood in the corner checking out her manicure and the new tile on the floor. The fight was rumored to be about alleged Becky with the good hair Rachel Roy, who these days can’t open Instagram without seeing at least a million notifications with bee or lemon emojis. BUT that’s all behind them.
‘Yonce looked up from her acrylics long enough to assemble a team to write her emotional response with “Lemonade,” and now Jay is on a giant mea culpa tour with 4:44, because he’s getting TWO million notifications with bee and lemon emojis. He doubled down on how elevator slaps are totes normal, bro:
“We’ve always had a great relationship. I fought my brothers and argued with my brothers my whole life. It just so happens, who we are, these things go into a different space. But it ain’t nothing.”
I’m pretty sure normal brother/sister spats are when you’re seven and throw your little brother off a slide at the PlayPlace at McDonald’s or, I dunno, use your mother’s kitchen shears to decapitate his favorite Cabbage Patch doll. Not go to Slap Town at the Standard as grown ass adults. That being said, next time Bey curates a photo of those two smiling and choking each other by a ball pit, we’ll know they’re just being a couple o’ crazy kids!
JAY-Z dropped his 13th studio album, 4:44, in the wee hours of Friday, June 30, and naturally, people lost their damn minds. In addition to taking shots at former friends and apologizing to Beyoncé for his infidelities, the 47-year-old rapper resurfaced that infamous elevator incident with Solange Knowles at the 2014 Met Gala in his track "Kill Jay Z." "You egged Solange on / Knowin' all along, all you had to say you was wrong / You almost went Eric Benét / Let the baddest girl in the world get away / I don't even know what else to say / N*gga, never go Eric Benét," JAY raps. While we'll probably never really know what happened, here is everything Beyoncé, JAY, and Solange have ever said about the notorious brawl.
May 15, 2014
Beyoncé and JAY broke their silence in a statement to the Associated Press. "As a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, May 5th, there has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident. But the most important thing is that our family has worked through it. Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family. The reports of Solange being intoxicated or displaying erratic behavior throughout that evening are simply false. At the end of the day families have problems and we're no different. We love each other and above all we are family. We've put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same."
July 7, 2014
Solange broke her silence in the August issue of Lucky magazine. The singer referred to the incident as "that thing" and briefly addressed the drama before changing the subject. "What's important is that my family and I are all good," she said, adding, "What we had to say collectively was in the statement that we put out, and we all feel at peace with that."
Aug. 2, 2014
Beyoncé let us know how she really felt in a remix of her song "Flawless" with Nicki Minaj. "We escalate, up in this b*tch like elevators / Of course, sometimes sh*t go down when there's a billion dollars on an elevator," she raps in the first verse. Bey also showed her appreciation for Solange and JAY in the original song, rapping, "My sister told me I should speak my mind / My man made me feel so God damn fine."
June 30, 2017
JAY made a statement of his own on "Kill Jay Z" from his 4:44 album. "You egged Solange on / Knowin' all along, all you had to say you was wrong," he raps.
Aug. 18, 2017
JAY sat down for a rare interview with hip-hop journalist Elliott Wilson and publicly addressed the infamous elevator incident for the first time ever. "We've always had a great relationship. I fought my brothers and argued with my brothers my whole life," he explained. "It just so happens, who we are, these things go into a different space, but it ain't nothing. We've had one disagreement ever. Before and after, we've been cool. She's like my sister. I will protect her. That's my sister. Not my sister-in-law. My sister."
Kanye West and JAY-Z's friendship has hit a bit of a snag as of late. While the two started off as close friends and collaborated on their 2011 album Watch the Throne, it seems Kanye's erratic behavior and his marriage to Kim Kardashian has played a huge part in their falling out. The rift between the two rappers can probably be traced back to when Kanye's initial choice of JAY-Z as his best man fell through when Beyoncé nixed their attendance, but things really escalated when Kanye called out JAY for not visiting him and Kim after her Paris robbery. Here's a look at all the drama that's gone down since then.
Late last week, Jay Z spoke on his ongoing feud with Kanye West.
The rapper said his former friend and collaborated crossed a line when he talked about Jay Z's family in public.
That was a fair and understandable assessment of the situation.
Now, meanwhile, Jay Z finally spoken on his alleged feud with Solange Knowles, making it as clear as possible in a new interview:
There is no actual feud!
In May of 2014, the husband of Beyonce and the sister of Beyonce were captured by surveillance video in a New York City hotel elevator.
They were clearly arguing and, at one point, it appeared as if Solange kicked, punched and lunged at her brother-in-law.
Neither star has ever really addressed the situation, leaving social media users to wonder what the heck happened and many to assume that Jay Z's infidelity was to blame for this altercation.
Speaking recently to Rap Radar hosts Elliott Wilson and Brian “B.Dot” Miller, the artist did not cite the basis for his disagreement with Solange
But he did make it clear that the contentious water between them is so far under the bridge that it's barely even a puddle at this point. Heck, it's not even a drop.
“We had one disagreement ever. Before and after we’ve been cool,” said Jay Z, adding for emphasis:
“She’s like my sister. I will protect her. That’s my sister, not my sister-in-law. My sister. Period.”
Beyonce barely reacted to her sister and husband going at it in the aforementioned footage.
Take that for what you will, Jay Z doesn't really care.
He knows where things stand within his family and he's certainly grown used to various rumors about him on the Internet at this point.
“We’ve always had a great relationship,” rapper added of Solange.
"I fought my brothers and argued with my brothers my whole life. It just so happens, who we are, these things go into a different space. But it ain’t nothing."
While Jay Z is talking as if he didn't give the elevator incident a second thoughts, music fans and conspiracy theorists can't help but wonder:
The star's new album is titled "4:44."
The address of Le Bain, the rooftop bar of the hotel in which Jay and Solange argued, is 444 West 13th Street. Makes you think and speculate, doesn't it?
For the record, this is the same interview that featured Jay Z touching on Kanye, telling the hosts of their beef:
"What really hurt me, you can’t bring my kid or my wife into it. … We’ve gotten past bigger issues, but you brought my family into it, now it’s a problem with me.”
JAY-Z is ready to clear the air. The 4:44 rapper, who touched on his infidelity to Beyoncé and much more on his latest album, sat down for a rare interview with hip-hop journalist Elliott Wilson on Friday night. No topic was left off the table on the Rap Radar podcast as the father of three addressed his feud with Kanye West ("You brought my family into it") and his infamous elevator fight with Solange Knowles after the 2014 Met Gala. Keep reading to see some of the most jaw-dropping details JAY-Z revealed during his candid chat.
On his feud with Kanye West: "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 a hundred times. He made a song called 'Big Brother.' We've gotten past bigger issues. But you brought my family into it and now it's a problem with me. Now, it's a real, real problem. He knows it's a problem because me and him would have been talked about it, we would have been resolved our issue, but he knows he crossed the line. I know him. He knows. Not only does he have to know, I know he knows because we never let this much space go between one of our disagreements and we've had many. That's part of 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 but we'll confront it.
"Don't talk about anyone's kid on stage. It's too much energy. You give room for anybody to comment. Our children are already in this place where they are affected by our celebrity. Don't go doing something that allows people to pit us against each other and talk about my child or even his child. Don't do that."
On Kanye's decision to leave his Tidal music-streaming service: "I don't care about none of that. It's Kanye's decision and has always been his decision. I've never held anybody back in my life from doing anything. You can't name one time I [held] people back. From what? I don't do that. It's not who I am. It's nothing about business."
On the shocking elevator fight with Solange: "We've always had a great relationship. I fought my brothers and argued with my brothers my whole life. It just so happens, who we are, these things go into a different space, but it ain't nothing. We've had one disagreement ever. Before and after, we've been cool. She's like my sister. I will protect her. That's my sister. Not my sister-in-law. My sister."
On his reaction to Beyoncé's Lemonade album: "We were working on our sh*t and becoming tight and super real with each other. That sh*t didn't mean nothing. It's hard, of course. It's difficult to go through, but the real sh*t . . . I was there the whole time, the tour, the making of the album, it was therapeutic. It was good. It's good to deal with your sh*t. It's so worth it."