Washington D.C.: Jay-Z criticised Kanye West for supporting US President Donald Trump in ‘What’s Free’, a collaboration with Meek Mill and Rick Ross. The song appears on Meek Mill’s new album titled ‘Championships’ and is a spin on Notorious B.I.G.’s 1997 classic ‘What’s Beef’, reported E! Online.
Taking a dig at West for his support to Trump and for wearing ‘Make America Great Again’ hat, Jay-Z rapped, “No red hat, don’t Michael and Prince me and Ye / They separate you when you got Michael and Prince’s DNA, uh / I ain’t one of these house n—as you bought / My house like a resort, my house bigger than yours.” Jay-Z also seemingly compared West’s wife, Kim Kardashian, to his own wife, Beyoncé and rapped: “My spou- (C’mon man),” he rapped. “My route better, of course.” Jay-Z and West’s relationship has been stormy and full of ups and downs for a while.
In an interview with David Letterman in April, Jay-Z admitted they were taking a break from each other. “That’s my brother. We’re beyond friends. Really, like literally, my little brother is Kanye, and like your little brother, things happen sometimes…Do you have siblings? You guys ever have a falling out? It’s like that. That’s your sibling forever. We don’t come from the same mom and dad, but I watched Kanye without an album,” he had said while talking about his relationship with West.
“The thing I respect about him is he is the same person who interrupted our studio session, stood on the table and started rapping. We were like, ‘Could you please get down?’ He was like, ‘No! I am the savior of Chicago!’ He didn’t even have a record,” he added. Two months earlier, West posted a picture of Jay-Z and Beyoncé on Instagram, calling them “famleeeeee.” Fans thought that things were getting better between the rappers but that was before West flew to Washington, D.C., for a meeting with Trump.
Meek Mill too reiterated his criticism of West’s support to Trump and said that he had advised him to skip that very meeting. “It was a mockery, really. I don’t think [West] addressed anything that had to do with what was tough on justice reform. He wasn’t prepared for it, and he shouldn’t have done it,” he told Vulture. “I had phone calls with Kanye for hours. He was trying to get me to go to things like that. His talks with Kardashian were more promising. She knew a lot more information than I thought she would know but led to nowhere. I just couldn’t reason with them,” Mill added.
Kanye has always been vocal about his support towards Trump. The musician has been facing backlash for his pro-Trump remarks, since his appearance as a musical guest on the season premiere of ‘Saturday Night Live’.