“I think we’re both” – Back When Kanye West Opened About His Thoughts on Being Compared to Jay Z

Published 12/19/2023, 8:40 AM EST

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Kanye West and Jay Z, once inseparable in the hip-hop world, had a friendship that soured over time. Whether it was the absence of the Carters at Ye and Kim Kardashian‘s wedding or Ye’s tendency to attract excessive attention, their relationship hit a rough patch. However, amidst the unveiling of Ye’s track list for his tenth album, ‘Donda,’ they rekindled their once-strained bond.

Ye and Jay Z often found themselves under the same spotlight because of their shared genre, leading to inevitable comparisons between the two. However, when probed about his constant likening to Jay Z, Ye had a few words to offer.

Kanye West beyond the Jay Z comparison

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Jay-Z and West stand tall as titans, each wielding their distinct charm and style. Jay-Z, the lyrical maestro, spun tales with finesse, while Ye, the audacious maverick, pushed the boundaries of traditional hip-hop, crafting mesmerizing narratives that transcended norms. The comparison between these rap giants emerged during a lively segment in 2019 on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. where the host likened Jay-Z to the “narrator” of his musical journey, contrasting Ye as the captivating “character” within his compositions.

When probed about the fairness of this analogy, West acknowledged the inherent self-centeredness embedded in their musical styles. Ye further added, “I think we’re both pretty self-centered in our music”. Reflecting on a feud with an unnamed artist, he recalled the artist’s boast of shaping history through storytelling, shedding light on the profound impact of their musical narratives.

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Amidst the labyrinth of complexities shrouding their relationship, Ye once more thrust the spotlight on his association with Jay-Z. In a tumultuous Las Vegas rave, amidst flashing lights and fervent beats, Ye’s voice echoed, passionately screaming out Jay Z’s name.

Jay Z mentioned in a rant?

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Amid a stormy whirlwind of emotions and unexpected chaos, Ye took the reins at an impromptu studio gathering. Authorities had shut down his Las Vegas party, which had high-priced tickets abruptly on that fateful Friday night (December 15). YesJulz captured this candid outburst live on Instagram, where Ye’s passionate soliloquy traversed a maze of topics, diving into everything from Michael Rubin to candid reflections on his fellow rap counterparts such as JAY-Z, Drake, Tory Lanez, and Travis Scott.

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Joined by Ty Dolla $ign and a troop of companions, they swiftly altered plans and relocated. Moreover, they found themselves in what appeared to be someone’s cozy living room, determined to continue their night of revelry and spontaneous music-making. In the heat of the moment, Ye stole the spotlight, offering what he called a “stream of consciousness”. However, many witnessed it as a fervent, unrestrained rant.

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Riva Khan

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Riva Khan is an entertainment reporter at NetflixJunkie. Given her love for the language and writing, she has honed her narrative skills from a young age. She loves her latest tea in Hollywood and keeps an eye on the news.

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