Jay-Z on Kanye West : ‘He Didn’t Kill Anybody’

Jay-Z joined his duet partner Alicia Keys in trying to calm the hysteria surrounding Kanye West’s outburst at the 2009 Video Music Awards.

Like Alicia, Jay is critical of the witch hunt against Kanye and states that even though the outburst was in poor taste it was undoubtably Kanye being the passionate artist he has always been:

Of course it was rude because it was her moment, but thats the way he really felt,” Jay-Z, 39, tells BBC Radio 1. West, 32, interrupted Swift’s speech for her best female video award to opine that Jay-Z’s wife, Beyonce, should have won for “Single Ladies.”

Jay-Z goes on on, “I think it was rude, but the way theyre treating him … He’s on the cover of every paper. He didnt kill anybody. No one got harmed.

Jay-Z admitted his pal’s actions were “inappropriate at the time,” but justifies the diss.

Hes just a superpassionate person,” he said.

JayZ Defends Kanye Wests VMA Ambush [US weekly]