Are Jay-Z and Kanye West Feuding?
Jay-Z and Kanye, who collectively call themselves “The Throne” and will drop an album called “Watch the Throne” on August 8, are reportedly engaged in some backstage drama as they prep for their upcoming tour together.
Insiders tell the New York Post that Kanye is pushing for blowout concerts with “next-level production” and an accompanying bank-busting price of $ 400k per show, while Jay-Z, who has already gotten a long-term advance from ticket-seller Live Nation that has to be repaid, has a much more conservative bottom line in mind.
“Jay-Z can’t deal with Kanye,” one source said. “Jay is a stone-cold businessman … But Kanye wants to upstage rock stars … He doesn’t care about costs.”
It’s gotten so bad that last week, the superstars performed on the same night at the same venue — and never took the stage together. “They didn’t even go out together after the show,” an attendee said.
“Jay-Z is fed up with West’s antics,” claimed yet another snitch. “He doesn’t even want to be around him.”
But during a visit to a New York radio station Monday morning, Jay-Z called Kanye his “brother” and said the story is overblown:
“Yes, we get on each other’s nerves, but that’s part of pushing each other. We push each other. The people who have a problem with Kanye or myself are the people that are complacent in life. People don’t like to be pushed. It’s, like, annoying. It’s a thing when people are pushing you to be greater, and we push each other to be greater. So of course there are times when we’re in the studio, we’re yelling, but that’s about it.”
Sounds like the kind of sibling relationship that makes me glad I’m an only child.