It’s pretty disheartening to see Jay Z and Kanye West fighting after creating so much great music together over the years. From Cam’ron to Cyhi the Prynce, everyone in hip-hop has an opinion on the relationship between the mega-stars, and wishes they would settle their feud as soon as possible.
Vic Mensa, an artist signed to Jay’s Roc Nation, recently sat down with Montreality to field a few questions. When they got to the topic of Jay and ’Ye’s tension, Vic said that all real relationships go through complications before getting back to what they were.
“That’s the delicate thing about male ego. Relationships go through that—all relationships. Male, female, ego-driven or not, relationships go through strain,” he says at the 7:32 mark. “The real, real relationships live past it as I believe Hov and Kanye’s relationship 100 percent has and will. I’m not speaking from knowing that much about the situation. I think they’re all good though. Together and separately, they really laid the framework, the groundwork for a lot of us to exist.”
When Jay spoke with Dean Baquet, executive editor of the New York Times, last month, the rapper revealed that he and West are on speaking terms again.
“I [talked to] Kanye the other day, just to tell him, like, he's my brother. I love Kanye. I do. It's a complicated relationship with us,” he says.
He added, “In the long relationship, you know, hopefully when we're 89 we look at this six months or whatever time and we laugh at that. You know what I'm saying? There's gonna be complications in the relationship that we have to get through. And the only way to get through that is we sit down and have a dialogue and say, ‘These are the things that I'm uncomfortable with. These are the things that are unacceptable to me. This is what I feel.’ I'm sure he feels that I've done things to him as well.”
Elsewhere in the Montreality interview, Mensa talks about playing Prince in his biopic (“Prince is one of my biggest idols of all time and he's the real King of Pop, some people will be mad that I said that”), Barack Obama’s presidency (“I'm sure Obama was overly clear that he was often a puppet”), and more.
You can watch Vic’s full interview above.