“Just Blaze is a copycat, you know,” West told co-hosts co-hosts N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN. “He get credit for [Jay-Z’s] The Blueprint, and I did the first half of The Blueprint, and he just copied my half. I mean look—look where I’m at today and look where he at today. So that should show you…”
In response, Just Blaze called West’s comment “unfortunate.” He added:
I’m only addressing this publicly because it was stated publicly. I’m not here for mudslinging, I’m just a bit confused and disappointed. None of what was said tonight regarding me fits with any of our history or our previous interactions – particularly in light of very recent attempts to work together again. Through recent years he has reached out to collaborate on various projects, including a much rumored collaborative project that he was looking for me to handle a good amount of.
It unfortunately never saw the light of day due to reasons unrelated to me. Most recently, a couple of months back I woke up to a literal red alert from his people that he was looking for me for his last album in the 11th hour. We tried to pull something off but it was way too last minute.
Jay-Z also chimed in, calling West’s comment “unfair” during a Twitter Spaces chat for Netflix’s The Harder They Fall. Hov added:
If you’re making an album, if you’re creating an album and the assignment is soul samples, everyone’s coming with soul. It’s not you trying to make a cohesive piece of music. I don’t think anyone was copying off anyone. You know Bink! has this problem and you know I think everyone created for the project.
But the thing was, the baby was The Blueprint and I think everyone should be prized for what we created. You know it’s in like — I don’t know what you call — at the Library of Congress or something. It’s like it’s something that we all should or you know their contribution.