After the worldwide smash-hit success of their 2011 tag-team record Watch The Throne, most people (myself included) just assumed that Kanye West and JAY-Z would be the best of buddies forever...
But it seems like that friendship is quickly taking a turn for the worse.
Timed far too perfectly for it to be a mere coincidence, Kanye West bolted Tidal and is lawyering up for a financial dispute in court after Hov brutally dissed 'Ye on his new album 4:44.
The very first track on 4:44 is called "Kill Jay-Z," and Jay wasted absolutely no time speaking his piece on Kanye West:
"You dropped outta school, you lost your principles
I know people backstab you, I felt bad too
But this ‘fuck everybody’ attitude ain’t natural
But you ain’t a Saint, 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, fuck was he thinkin’?
'Fuck wrong with everybody?' is what you sayin’
But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane"
For many casual listeners, this was the first inkling that the Jay-'Ye friendship was seriously strained. But according to Hypebeast, there has long been tension bubbling up beneath the surface.
Apparently, last month Kanye's legal team served Tidal with breach of contract papers, hoping to wrestle the exclusive streaming rights to his catalogue away from them. He also claims that he's owed $3 million because he alleges that he wasn't given the proper bonuses based on increases in the service's subscription numbers.
There have been conflicting reports as to Kanye's level of anger in response to the "Kill Jay-Z" diss. TMZ reported over the weekend that 'Ye was "not upset" about the lyrical sleight, but Metro filed a piece detailing how Kim Kardashian is fuming over Jay targeting her husband.
And hey, Kim might have a point (a rare occurrence, indeed!). It's not exactly great of Hov to imply 'Ye is "insane," especially after the alarming mental health scare Kanye experienced a few months back.
Here's hoping that Kanye gets his money, Jay apologizes for calling him insane, and they all make up and finally have that long-awaited playdate between their respective children.
But, knowing that fairytale ending is probably a long-shot, at least we'll have plenty of fodder for diss tracks going forward. Get the popcorn ready, hip-hop fans!