He says the lyrics weren’t even directed at Kanye.
JAY-Z’s verse on Meek Mill’s “What’s Free”was hailed as one of 2018’s best, but it also stoked some controversy. Jay name-checks Kanye on the line, and some fans interpreted it as a diss. Although Jay later cleared the air on Twitter, the rumors haven’t gone away completely due to Jay and Kanye’s still-estranged relationship. In a new interview with The Guardian, Meek addressed the issue, saying that not only is the verse not a diss, but it’s not even directed at Kanye.
“Jay wasn’t talking to Kanye–he was talking to whoever was influencing Kanye,“ Meek said. “I never viewed that as a diss when I put it on my record.”
On the track, Jay references Kanye’s public support for President Trump, and tells the media not to divide them with their differences:
No red hat, don’t Michael and Prince me and Ye
They separate you when you got Michael and Prince’s DNA
I ain’t one of these house niggas you bought
My house like a resort, my house bigger than yours
My spou- (C’mon, man)
My route better, of course
Shortly after the song’s release, Jay clarified the lines
“What’s Free” racked up over 500,000 page views on Genius, and reached No. 20 on the Hot 100 chart. Genius previously broke down everything you need to know about the track.