The JAY-Z/Kanye West feud just keeps escalating! Back in the day, Jay signed Ye under false pretenses, according to claims made in a shocking new documentary, and his true goal was to ‘put Kanye on the shelf.’
JAY-Z, 47, apparently had no intention of ever letting Kanye West, 39, become a famous rapper, as Channel 4’s July 31 documentary Public Enemies: Jay-Z vs Kanye implies. “They were like, ‘Okay, we’re going to sign you,'” filmmaker Coodie Simmons, a friend of Kanye’s, says in the doc around the 21:00 mark about how Kanye had been signed to Roc-A-Fella Records in 2002 by Jay and co-founder Damon Dash.
“And Dame said it, ‘We was gonna shelf Kanye, we was gonna put him on the shelf,'” Coodie reveals. Adds rapper GLC: “There would be times when [Kanye] would be discouraged, he would be crying, ‘I don’t understand why I am not where I want to be, why this is happening.'” You can watch the doc above to see for yourself.
“The rumor was that JAY-Z had no intention of letting Kanye rap,” the narrator also says at around the 20:00 mark, referring to the silence after bringing Kanye on, “And had only signed him to keep his genius production skills exclusive.” Ouch.
Today, Kanye and Jay are reportedly at odds over a number of things, including but not limited to a $3 million TIDAL dispute, Ye’s relationship with Kim Kardashian and Jay calling Yeezy “insane” on the 4:44 track “Kill Jay Z.” It’s hard to keep up, no? We hope the former friends work it out soon!
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked that Kanye was allegedly treated like this by Jay back in the day? Tell us what you think!