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Why is Kanye West omitting references to Jay Z in his lyrics?

on June 10, 2014, 1:00pm

Over the weekend, Kanye West returned to the stage for the first time in months, performing at the X Games Austin Music Festival. Aside from a new stage and setlist, perhaps the biggest takeaway from the show were some of Kanye’s lyrics — or, lack thereof.

As KanyeToThe points out, Kanye omitted saying “Jay” or “Jay Z” during performances of both “Blood on the Leaves” and “Cold”. What’s more, in “Blood on the Leaves”, he changed the lyrics from “you need to stop actin’ lazy” to “you need to stop actin’ crazy”. The full lyrics were as such: “I don’t give a damn if you used to talk to ___ // He ain’t with you, he with Beyoncé, you need to stop actin’ crazy.”

It’s unclear whether The Throne collaborators are at odds, but Kanye had to know his omission of Jay Z’s name would be noticed by observant fans. Some have speculated that Jay’s non-attendance at Kanye’s wedding earlier this month may have sparked a riff. Prior to the wedding, however, Kanye and Jay recently performed as The Throne at SXSW and were photographed together at the Met Gala in NYC.

Below, watch footage of Kanye’s performance of “Blood on the Leaves” (the snub takes place at the 3:00 mark) and “Cold”.

Perhaps we’ll learn more when Kanye headlines Bonnaroo this Friday.

“Blood on the Leaves”:

“Cold”:

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Marc
June 10, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Like, who could make out what Kanye was yelling anyway. The only words I could make out were M F’er, Nigg–, and bitch. Great visuals though, and Kanye moves great on stage. Just wish I could get what makes people like him so much.

Anonymous
June 10, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Fucking stop

Greg
June 10, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Ya’ll sure love creating a stir…this reminds me of those local news promos you see at 6pm…”Is your living safe for your child?!? What is it that you may have that can KILL you’re child?!? This story………at 11pm.”

Tim
June 10, 2014 at 1:28 pm

He’s headlining MIA in Philly so would be surprised if there was any issue.

extra dirty sanchez
June 10, 2014 at 1:21 pm

has COS turned into the national enquirer?

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