Two years ago, Kanye West went from Jay-Z’s closest friend and collaborator, to someone who immediately got their Carter Compound clearance privileges revoked after Kanye went on a rant about Jay-Z and Beyonce during his Saint Pablo tour. It seemed as though their friendship was as dead as the eyes of Kanye’s in-laws, but Jay-Z recently spoke about their friendship, and it doesn’t sound totally dead.
During Friday’s episode of Netflix’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, David Letterman asked Jay-Z: “Let me talk about one of your peers, Kanye West. Are we friends or are we not friends?” Jay-Z replied:
“That’s my brother, we’re beyond friends. Really, my little brother is Kanye. And like, [with] your little brother, things happen sometimes. It’s still your sibling forever, it’s my brother. We don’t come from the same mom and dad, but I watched Kanye from without an album.”
Jay-Z then joked that their situation is the same as when real siblings have a falling out, but that Kanye is still his “sibling forever.” Jay-Z also says that he respects Kanye, because Kanye is the opposite of a box of chocolates: you always know what you’re going to get with Kanye.
“The thing I respect about him is that he’s the same person. He interrupted our studio session and stood on the table and started rapping, and we were like, ‘Could you please get down?’ And he was like, ‘No! I am the savior of Chicago!’ He didn’t have a record.”
It was reported last year that Jay-Z might be warming up to Kayne again, and this latest development makes it sound like Jay-Z is might start picking up the phone instead of letting all of Kanye’s calls go to voicemail. At the very least it sounds like they might be up for a family reunion sometime in the near future. You hear that Beyonce? Those blissful days of successfully avoiding her husband’s obnoxious, dramatic friend Kanye might soon be coming to an end. I’m sure Blue Ivy will have suddenly a last-minute stylist meeting that day.