Jay Z Kanye West and

fall­ing out ‘is shock­ing’

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Jay Z’s for­mer busi­ness part­ner is shocked by the rap­per’s fall­out with Kanye West. Kareem Burke co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records with Jay in the 90s and has ad­mit­ted to be­ing be­mused by Kanye’s re­cent on-stage rant against his ‘Watch the Throne’ col­lab­o­ra­tor. Kareem said: “I was shocked to hear what Kanye said on­stage. There was never any­thing rum­bling ... so when you hear th­ese things in pub­lic, it’s a lit­tle shock­ing.” Although he didn’t ex­plic­itly name Jay dur­ing his rant, Kanye is be­lieved to have been talk­ing about his one-time men­tor when he blasted some­one for not vis­it­ing Kanye’s fam­ily after his wife Kim Kardashian West was robbed in Paris. Kanye also said. “Our kids ain’t never even played to­gether.” Kareem re­vealed he was sur­prised by Kanye’s out­burst, es­pe­cially as he has al­ways en­joyed such a good re­la­tion­ship with Jay. He told the New York Post news­pa­per: “The last I saw [West], he spoke re­ally highly of Jay. I’m not sure about the re­la­tion­ship at this point. I spoke to Jay [after Kanye’s rant] and we’re both just like, ‘We miss the old Kanye.’ “From what I know of Kanye, he’s usu­ally re­ally hon­est. So it sounds like some­thing he’s go­ing through right now. He may [say] some­thing like that, and then three weeks later he may be back to, ‘That’s my brother.’ But at this point, with ev­ery­body’s ca­reer, we’re a lit­tle too old for rap beef.” Kareem’s com­ments comes shortly after it was re­ported that Jay “can’t stand” Kanye. The ‘Em­pire State of Mind’ hit­maker has sim­ply “tol­er­ated” Kanye un­til re­cently, as he prefers to be away from the spot­light. An in­sider ex­plained: “Jay can’t stand him. He looks at him as this crazy, ec­cen­tric man he can tol­er­ate in small doses. Kanye is a nut job. Ev­ery­one knows that. “He tol­er­ated him [be­cause] there was so much money to be made. Jay was like, ‘I’m gonna knock this out. We’re go­ing to do a tour to bring in mil­lions of dol­lars. I can tol­er­ate that.’ “The re­al­ity is that Jay doesn’t want that much to do with him. He likes his own space and is pri­vate. They’re very much not the same per­son. Jay’s im­me­di­ate cir­cle is very in­su­lar, and Kanye is just a guy who al­ways wants some­thing in the spot­light.”

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