Jay-Z Breaks Down Kanye West's 'Big Brother' Tribute Song

ImageKanye West's song "Big Brother" on his chart-topping album Graduation was meant to be an ode to Roc-A-Fella founder and CEO Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter recently explained his take on the tribute song.


West's song to Jay-Z is a testament to the Chicago rapper/producer's early days attempting to break into the music business and to Jay-Z, for having a positive influence over his career.

On the track West raps: "Not only did I not get a chance to spit it/Carlene told me I could buy two tickets/ I guess big brother was thinking a little different/ And kept little brother at bay, at a distance."

Jay-Z defended himself from the allegations in the line and revealed that West actually wanted than two extra tickets.

"We know everybody sees things differently," Jay-Z explained. "You would think he didn’t get any tickets. He got four [tickets]. He wanted six. It's true…it's really true. He wanted two more tickets. But if you heard that you’d be like, 'Damn, them niggas ain’t give the nigga no tickets.' Come on!"

Jay-Z also explained a verse contained in the song that expresses West's frustration with the mogul working with Coldplay, right after West recorded a song with the popular group.

West raps: "I told Jay I did a song with Cold Play/Next thing I know he got a song with Cold Play/Back in my mind I'm like damn, no way/Translate espanol 'No way Jose/Then I went and told J Brown/ Should of known that was gonna come back around/ Should of told you like a man, should of told you first/But I told somebody else and that's what made shit worse."

Jay-Z explained the situation with Coldplay, while praising West for following his creative instincts.

"[With] Coldplay – I introduced him!" Jay-Z revealed. "I gave him the number. I made the song happen. I did that. [Mimicking a phone call] 'Coldplay, here’s Kanye. Here. [Passing phone to imaginary Kanye].' Its great though, because its his truth. That’s what’s brilliant about him. It wasn’t no bullshit – it was the way he felt."

In related news, West's Roc-A-Fella/Island Def Jam album Graduation moved another 70,000 copies last week, pushing his total album sales to almost 1.5 million copies.

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