Jay-Z doesn't think Kanye West is a "jackass" - just "super-passionate."
The rapper defended his protégé on BBC Radio for ambushing Taylor Swift at Sunday's Video Music Awards and says the whole situation has been blown out of proportion.
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"Of course it was rude, because it was her moment, but that's the way he really felt," Jay-Z said. "I think it was rude, but the way they're treating him... He's on the cover of every paper. He didn't kill anybody. No one got harmed."
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West has since personally apologized to Swift, who accepted his apology, meaning it's time for everyone to move on, Jay-Z said.
"I don't think he should lay low," he said, referring to West's announcement on The Jay Leno Show to take a break. "I think he should move on and have a brilliant career."