During the chat, Hov and Keys agreed that Ocean is highly regarded as an artist because he doesn’t necessarily make records that “fit pop radio” or into typical genres.
“He’s super popular, but I wouldn’t say that he’s playing by what were the industry rules. He’s made his own set of rules,” JAY-Z said. “He’s making music that he wants to make and it doesn’t fit a format.”
However, he later clarified that he didn’t mean to call Ocean the best artist in a competitive sense, just that he makes “some of the best music we’ve ever heard.”
As reported by REVOLT, JAY quickly moved on from the topic of Verzuz after declaring that no one can face him in the battle series.
“I ain’t gonna lie. No disrespect, everyone’s amazing. They’ve done what they’ve done. No one can stand on that stage with me,” he said during the chat. “It’s not a chance in hell that anyone can stand on that stage with me for, I don’t know how long [a battle] is, one hour? Two hours?”
Ocean and JAY-Z last collaborated on the former’s 2017 track, “Biking,” which also featured Tyler, the Creator. The pair also famously worked together on “Oceans,” taken off Hov’s 2013 album, Magna Carta Holy Grail.
Listen to JAY’s remarks about Ocean on Twitter below.
jay-z and alicia keys showed mad love to frank ocean last night 💕 💯pic.twitter.com/8X7xA8fKhf
— Genius (@Genius) December 22, 2021