Designer and musician Kanye West shocked the nation recently after delivering a rambling pro-Trump diatribe in the Oval Office with Trump himself.
Despite being famous for his confrontational style and his willingness to be unconventional, many fans were dismayed that their one-time idol would favor the man currently occupying the White House. That dismay extends to Trump’s colleagues too, as Jay-Z’s verse on the new Meek Mill album.
In the song, titled “What’s Free,” Jay-Z addresses West for leaping to please the President, but he also criticizes the public for so eagerly consuming West’s breakdown and pitting he and Ye against each other.
“No red hat, don’t Michael and Prince me and Ye / They separate you when you got Michael and Prince’s DNA / I ain’t one of these house n*ggas you bought / My house like a resort, my house bigger than yours / My spo—c’mon, man—my route better of course…”
Though Kanye West says he is no longer involved with politics or with the President, many still applauded Jay-Z for mentioning it.
— TOP BOY 🔝 (@ambitiousson) November 30, 2018
“don’t michael & prince me & ye” god damn hov!!!!!
— hellraiser. (@kennybanditt) November 30, 2018
As “What’s Free” began to set the internet on fire, Jay-Z had to clarify that the verse wasn’t intended to be a diss toward Kanye, with whom Jay-Z has been friends for decades.
The line clearly meant don’t pit me against my brothers no matter what our differences are (red hat) now go pick up Meek album . Drake and Meek on there together .
— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) November 30, 2018
And people listened.
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— Hakuna Matata (@LivingLifeOva) December 1, 2018
— Jegadi Padriack a.k.a. DJ TO RONTO. (@jegadi_padriack) November 30, 2018
Yo this album good fr
— Debs (@DebraSoto) November 30, 2018
A REAL MAN
— #1 6 INCH STAN (@jassmineee____) November 30, 2018
"What's Free" 1 of your best verses. 💯
— Big Deal Bills (@LivingBills) November 30, 2018
While Jay-Z may detest Kanye’s previous support for Donald Trump and Trump’s exploitation of Kanye, it’s clear that the bond between Kanye and Jay-Z can’t be broken with just one verse.