Back in November of 2012, word got out that there was some sort of beef brewing between Jay-Z and Robert De Niro. The way the story was being told, Robert confronted Jay at Leonardo DiCaprio’s star studded birthday bash after Jay repeatedly dodged his phone calls. What does Robert De Niro want with Jay-Z, you ask? Well, according to reports the pair are actually neighbors in the name of Tribeca and had previously discussed Jay doing a song for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, but Jay “got busy” and started ducking De Niro’s phone calls.
Eight months later, during his recent interview with Power 105.1′s the Breakfast Club, Jay finally shared his side of the story. Well, sort of. While he didn’t actually disclose details of the agreement he made with De Niro or even if there was ever actually an agreement at all, he made it clear that he’s not too fond of the legendary actor.
When the hosts jokingly asked if he returned De Niro’s calls yet, Jay nonchalantly responded:
“Nah, no I haven’t.”
When Angela Yee asked how he could duck a celebrity as big as De Niro, he responded:
“I treat people based on who they are. You know, who they really are… not the name, not Robert De Niro. I just look at who you are as a person. [Celebrity status] doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter who you are, everyone has to be respectful and everyone has to be a human being. We’re all human beings and we all have to be respectful to one another. That’s just the end of it and that’s how I carry it… with anybody.”
In other Jay-Z news, as a way to promote his latest studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, Jay performed a song off of the project titled, “Picasso Baby,” at the Pace Gallery in New York City for six hours straight in front of a few lucky fans. The performance also included cameos from artist Marina Abramovic and Taraji P. Henson. According to The Jasmine Brand, footage from the event will be used in the song’s music video.
Check out footage from Jay’s interview with Power 105.1 below. Flip the switch for footage from his 6-hour performance.