New (alleged) details have emerged about the $20 million Jay Z referenced on his new album 4:44. According to the latest report from TMZ, the $20 million was actually part of Kanye West's deal with the Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder.
In 4:44 opener "Kill Jay Z," however, Jay seemingly suggests the money was some sort of a gift:
I know people backstab you, I felt bad too
But this 'Fuck everybody!' attitude ain't natural
But you ain't a saint, this ain't kumbaye
But you got hurt because you did cool by 'Ye
You gave him 20 million without blinkin'
Fuck was he thinkin'?
TMZ cited "sources with direct knowledge" of the two's business dealings, reporting Tuesday that the $20 million in question was an advance intended to cover Saint Pablo Tour expenses ranging from general production costs to staff payments. Annoyingly, TMZ also included an extremely cringeworthy biblical reference in their report.
An anonymous source close to the situation denied the accuracy of the TMZ report, stating Roc Nation does not give out advances for artist tours.
In a separate report containing no such cringeworthy biblical references, TMZ claimed that Jay's supposed West criticism on "Kill Jay Z" was in response to comments West made during a Saint Pablo Tour stop last November. "Jay Z, call me bro," West told the crowd during a performance in Sacramento. "You still ain't called me. Jay Z, call me. Jay Z, I know you got killers. Please don't send 'em at my head. Just call me. Talk to me like a man." Days later, the remainder of the tour had been canceled and West was hospitalized.