"We're beyond friends. Like literally, my little brother is Kanye"
The pair’s relationship had become strained in recent times, with West criticising Jay on stage in 2016, claiming that his former friend hadn’t called him since his wife Kim Kardashian was the victim of an armed robbery in Paris. Kanye also alleged that Jay-Z had the power to put a hit out on him.
Jay-Z’s recent album ‘4:44’ also featured lines thought to be a disses towards Kanye.
Now, speaking during a new episode of David Letterman’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction Netflix show, Jay has said that the pair are like siblings, which may explain why they sometimes fall out.
“That’s my brother,” Jay said. “We’re beyond friends. Like literally, my little brother is Kanye. And like your little brother, things happen sometimes.”
“It’s still your sibling forever. We don’t come from the same mom and dad, but I’ve watched Kanye from [when he was] without an album.”
“What I respect about him is that he’s the same person,” Jay added. “He [once] interrupted our studio session and stood on a table and started rapping. We were like, ‘Can you please get down’. He was like, ‘No, I am the saviour of Chicago’. He didn’t even have a record.”
“He’s brilliant,” Jay concluded. Watch Jay-Z make the comments in the clip below.
Elsewhere in the episode, Jay talked about cheating on wife Beyonce, Donald Trump’s Presidency, his mother first coming out as gay and what he thinks makes Snoop Dogg and Eminem good rappers.
The episode is available to watch now on Netflix.