Despite the lyrical vitriol [artist id="509100"]Beanie Sigel[/artist] shot [artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist]'s way beginning in 2009, the Philadelphia MC is still grateful for the opportunity the rapper-turned-mogul gave him when he was just a budding Roc-A-Fella Records artist. However, during Beans' visit to MTV News' "RapFix Live" on Wednesday (July 6), he stopped short of saying he had apologized for his sharp words.
XXLMag.com previously reported that the "The Truth" rapper expressed contrition after his Hov comments. But Beans, without specifically naming the outlet, said he felt the interview focused more on the controversy than his current projects, so much so that he still hasn't bothered to read it.
"I had a interview with somebody and we were supposed to talk about the music and what I was doing with myself and my music and my plans for the future, and what me and you have been sitting here on this couch conversating about kept coming up," Beanie told host Sway. "I didn't want to talk about that stuff no more. So if anybody read the article or the interview — I never even read it after I did the interview with [the reporter]."
Sitting on the "RapFix Live" couch, Beans and Sway talked extensively about the rapper's feelings on the demise of Roc-A-Fella, specifically, his falling out with its co-founders Jay-Z and Damon Dash. Beans alleges he never got a phone call from Dash or Jay saying that the Roc-A-Fella he knew was no more, and that left a sour taste in his mouth. And though Beans acknowledged that during his run with the label, most everything was all good, he just refuses to gloss over the bad.
"I'll reiterate today and tell you everything that we discussed and talked about out of all that was going on and the feelings that I might have had, whether they were good or bad, whether I was truthfully in my speech or wrong in my speech," Beans said. "What we did together and what Jay did for me ... he gave me something a lot of people don't get in this music business for a life period. He gave me an opportunity. ... We've been around the world together, people knew who I was, they embraced me, they wanted to wear the clothes we wore."
Despite Beanie's grievances with Hov, the fiercely loyal Philly spitter admitted he owes the man his career. And Jay-Z has been steadfast in saying he always supported Beans the best he could. But Jay probably shouldn't hold his breath waiting for an official apology.
"At the end of the day, yo, all that don't matter," Beans said. "That opportunity supersedes my personal feelings. And he gave me that [opportunity]. You can't deny he gave me that. So at the end of the day it's about just growth and everything. It wasn't no formal apology. I didn't apologize. People took it that way. But it is what it is. At the end of the day, like I said, he gave me an opportunity."
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