Jay Z has decided that he's done with Kanye West, the same way he's kicked any number of people to the curb over the course of his career (e.g. Amil), and the pain of the split has been exacerbated by the fact that Kanye West is out of his damn mind. I hope this doesn't result in another one of his "incidents."
In one of the songs from his new album, 4:44, which I've yet to hear, but not because I'm boycotting it or anything (I simply refuse to support Tidal, nor will I be buying any CDs in 2017), Jay Z complains that he gave Kanye West $20 million, and Kanye gave him 20 minutes onstage.
Presumably, the latter refers to that time Kanye was onstage bitching and moaning about the fact that Jay Z won't give him a call, and their kids, who are about the same age, haven't even played together. At the time, this was assumed to be a matter of Beyoncé not fuxxin with Kim Kardashian. She'd been pictured at events giving Kim K what was once known on bored hoodrat blogs as the side-eye.
Kanye can't just call Jay Z himself, because there's probably no way to call Jay Z. Otherwise, I'm sure he would have thought of that. In order to talk to Jay Z, you probably have to call someone who works at Roc Nation and leave a message, and then, if he wants to, maybe he'll give you a call back—possibly from the same private number he once used to call Funkmaster Flex.
Once upon a time, it was probably possible to call Memphis Bleek, and if Jay Z happened to be standing there, maybe you could get him to hand the phone to Jay Z. That was back when Jay would send Memphis Bleek to Outback Steakhouse to get one of those Blooming Onions, as depicted in Fade to Black. Memphis Bleek must not be on Jay's payroll anymore, which would explain why he recently filed for bankruptcy.
As far as why Jay Z wouldn't want to return Kanye's phone calls, I'm assuming it's because Kanye is mental. He fucked up a lot of money on that tour he had to cut short because he kept ranting and raving onstage rather than performing. And who knows what was going on behind the scenes. Last year, he had to be locked up on a 5150 around Thanksgiving (when a lot of crazy people lose it). Whatever he did, it had to be pretty bad for them to lock up someone so famous, and then not let him go home for Thanksgiving, arguably the best holiday. I don't black Jay Z for not wanting to bring Blue Ivy over to his house.
There's also a dispute having to do with Tidal. As it was explained to me on the Fourth, Jay promised to give Kanye $25 million if he could get enough people to sign up for Tidal, when the Life of Pablo was an exclusive. Enough people signed up, but Jay wouldn't give him the money, because Kanye was supposed to make his videos exclusive to Tidal as well, and either there weren't any videos or they weren't exclusive to Tidal. As if anyone gives a shit about a music video in 2017.
If Jay were still fuxxin wit Kanye, he'd probably just give him the money, but I don't blame him for withholding payment, if this is how Kanye is gonna act. Kanye should refrain from shit-talking Jay Z, if only because it's a bad idea strategically to upset someone who owes you money before they pay you. If his brain hadn't been ruined by whatever prescription meds the Kardashians are forcing him to take, he'd realize this.