Jay-Z Puts an End to the Kanye Beef Rumors on Hot 97 [AUDIO]

Now when I heard that Jay-Z was doing an album with Kanye West, immediately The Best of Both Worlds came to mind.  That was the album and ensuing tour that was a disaster.  The theory was to take the Best Hip Hop artist (Jay-Z) and the best RNB crooner (R-Kelly) and make an album and headline a tour.  Well, too many egos and not enough shine. 

Then when I hear Kanye West & Jay-Z are making an entire album, the first thing that comes to mind is “EGO”.  Kanye even wrote a song about his.  Then the NY Post confirms my fear with a story they posted just yesterday. 

The report stated that Kanye and Jay-Z are barely speaking to each other.  The feud is reportedly over Kanye wanting crazy, next level production which could cost $400,000 per show, which the budget conscious Jay-Z is against.  To quote what and insider told the NY Post

“Jay-Z can’t deal with Kanye, Jay is a stone-cold businessman. He wants to recoup all of his money from Live Nation. But Kanye wants to upstage rock stars with a blowout show. He doesn’t care about costs. He has a lot less to gain from the shows.”

The beef between the two was certified when they both performed separately with Young Jeezy Monday night, which is just insane. 

Jay-Z being the mature, business savvy person that he is, takes to the Hot 97, the right place to clear up the rumors.  Right, wrong or indifferent, a statement needed to be made by one of the artist and I’m sure Jay-Z would rather it be him then an unpredictible West.

With that being said – I’m not convinced.  Jay-Z, as charasimatic as he is, doesn’t sell me that he’s not at the point where he wants to choke Kanye out.  I respect Hov (another alias for Jay-Z) because he can put business first now, and get through this, where it’s something that couldn’t be done with R-Kelly.  If their album is anything like their 2nd single “Otis” then it will be the perfect banger to rock out the end of summer 2011.  You can hear “Otis” here.

Listen to Jay-Z’s inteview on Hot 97 below

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