Jay-Z’s latest project 4:44 contained a lot of stuff everyone wants to talk about. In a recent TIDAL-exclusive interview (I know… I know…) Jay sat down with Elliot Wilson from Rap Radar to shed some light on what he was saying on the album.
One of the controversies surrounding the album was from the track “The Story of O.J.” where Hov raps “You wanna know what’s more important than throwin’ away money at a strip club? Credit/ You ever wonder why Jewish people own all the property in America? This how they did it.”
Seemingly a hat-tip to the Jewish community, the Anti-Defamation League felt a little weird about the lyric saying, “Such notions have lingered in society for decades, and we are concerned that this lyric could feed into preconceived notions about Jews and alleged Jewish ‘control’ of the banks and finance.”
However, Jay-Z said it was an exaggeration to make a point and that he also “exaggerated every black image in the world,” adding “In the context of the song, I’m trying say, you guys did it right!”
In regards to what some saw as shots at Kanye West, long time collaborator with Jay, he said “It’s not even about Kanye, it really isn’t… His name is there, just because it’s just the truth of what happened…But what really hurt me was, you can’t bring my kids and my wife into it.”
He also touched on the infamous elevator video where Beyonce’s sister Solange attacked him physically. He says, “With Solange… That’s my sister. Not my sister-in-law, no, my sister. Period. We’ve always had a great relationship… We’ve had one disagreement. Before and after, we’ve been cool.”
Unfortunately you have to be a TIDAL subscriber to view the whole interview. But if you are you can watch it now!