Jay-Z found himself talking about a lot more than his new album during a recent visit to . The rapper was asked about his beefs with Lil Wayne and Robert De Niro, as well as his thoughts on the controversial Yeezus album, by Kanye West.
“I liked it,” Jay responded when asked about his protege’s latest project. “That’s what great art is, it’s polarizing. Some people love it. It forces you to have an opinion and you know, it’s needed.”
“Someone has to experiment and do it first. And artists will sit back and watch and be like OK I like this, I don’t like that, I like this part and they’ll perfect the methods. And it all pushes the genre forward,” Hov continued, painting Kanye as a pioneer. “He’s like the cowboy. He runs over the hill and all the Indians hit him with the arrows and he comes back like, ‘It’s a lot of them over there,'” Jay added.
The consummate businessman was also asked about reports that Robert De Niro confronted him at a restaurant for avoiding his calls. “I treat people based on who they are, who they really are. Not the name. Not Robert De Niro, but like, who you are as a person. Everyone has to be respectful and everyone has to be a human being. That’s just the end of it,” Jay explained, before being asked about another feud.
Lil Wayne once rapped about kidnapping Beyonce and holding her for ransom. Jay was asked about the line during his interview. “It’s part of the sport and the competition. I didn’t take it serious. I didn’t view it as a threat. I thought it was just a flip of a line that I said … I wasn’t really speaking to him, but I guess he’s holding the flag for his camp.”
Check out the rest of Jay-Z’s interview below.