I haven't had a chance to listen to Jay Z on my old friend Elliott Wilson's podcast, because I just don't have the time to stay up to date with those kinds of things anymore. I haven't even heard 4:44 yet. I'm not sure what the last Jay Z album was before 4:44, but it's possible I haven't heard that either.
But I did scan a list of highlights from the interview presented by some bullshit site still trying to make a go of banner ads, the other day, while I was waiting to have a nail removed from the tire of my Maserati. (The Chinese tried to sabotage me.)
It sounded like the whole interview was complete and utter bullshit, like Jay purposely chose to do an interview with Elliott because Elliott seems like one of the more credulous people you'll ever meet, whereas Combat Jack, despite his immense efforts over the years, lacks the ability to say something he doesn't really believe in a way that doesn't betray his complete and utter lack of sincerity. Except for his love of Lil B, which I'm sure is genuine.
It should also be pointed out that Elliott works for Tidal, making playlists and maybe running the company Twitter account, when he's not busy bringing Jay Z his scarves and water, for when his brow is sweaty and his throat is parched, so this was good corporate synergy. The interview was posted on Tidal, and that might be the only way you can listen to it. I saw some people on Twitter speculating that this might be the thing to get more than a handful of people to sign up for the streaming service, and I think they might be right about that.
A while back, it looked like Jay was set to appear on an episode of Taxstone's podcast, Tax Season, but supposedly Elliott called Jay and put the kibosh on that. Now Tax is awaiting trial for allegedly shooting Troy Ave's weed carrier. They don't give you less time just because the guy was a weed carrier. (Has that been argued?) So he might be gone for a while. Anyway, I'm thinking a Jay episode of Tax Season would have been a more interesting interview—though as was the case with the Meek Mill episode, he probably would have been forced to edit out all of the very best parts.
There was a thing on TMZ or somewhere about Jay's remarks, in the RapRadar interview, about the infamous elevator fight with Solange. Jay says that he's always fighting with his siblings. Hell, he even shot one of his brothers! It just so happens that this incident was captured on grainy elevator security cam footage, as if it were the Ray Rice incident. Who among us hasn't been beaten up by his wife's younger sister? That must be a thing that happens in marriage. (If only you got to have make-up sex with your sister-in-law.)
But aside from that time she tried to kill him in an elevator, Jay says he's cool with Solange. He says that she's his real sister, not his sister-in-law, and that he's willing to defend her. I took this to mean that he hates Solange's guts, but he's gotta try to keep it together, lest Beyoncé gets pissed at him and they fuck around and end up getting divorced, in which case his money would be all fucked the fuck up. Elliott might have considered asking Jay if that's what he really meant, in a follow-up question.
Similarly, who really believes that the reason Jay doesn't fuxx with Kanye anymore is because Kanye mentioned Beyoncé and Blue Ivy in one of his rants on his thrilling, if abbreviated, Life of Pablo tour? Not even the Male Beyhive, right? It doesn't even make sense logically that that would be the reason, because Jay wasn't fuxxing with Kanye before he started going on those rants. That was one of the reasons he went on those rants in the first place.
Most likely, the reason Jay severed ties with Kanye is because, as Kanye pointed out on one of the last dates of the Life of Pablo tour, Beyoncé doesn't want Kim Kardahian's ho tendencies rubbing off on Blue Ivy. Blue Ivy is already old enough to be starting school in LA. It's only a matter of time before Ray J takes an interest. Buy Jay Z can't have people thinking that's the reason he doesn't talk to Kanye anymore, because that would almost make it seem as if his wife tells him with whom he's allowed to associate.