According to Beans, an altercation during one of Jay’s 40/40 Club venue openings tore them apart.
“The sh*t stem[med] from a situation from me that happened when Jay-Z’s bodyguard put his hands on me not in a manner that was harmful to me, but in a manner where he shouldn’t have touched me period,” Sigel explained in an interview. “On a push in the back tip and I addressed Jay about it in front of his A-List company […] and I guess he ain’t like that too much. I think that was the opening of the 40/40 Club, after that I never saw Jay again. I never talked to him again. That couple months went by or whatever, I even tried to reach out to him. It got to the point where you had to get to four different people to talk to Jay.” (Forbez DVD)
Last summer, Sigel talked about regretting his past loyalty to Jay during their beef with Ruff Ryders in 2001.
“Only thing I regret about that Roc-A-Fella sh*t was going at my n*gga Kiss,” Beans said in an interview referencing his 2001 beef with Jadakiss. “I did that sh*t for you n*gga ’cause you were scared. You knew Kiss would have bit that a**. I should pull off my belt and whip that a**. You better watch who you worship, man…I know all that f*ggot sh*t you poppin’ and the little slurs on Drake and them’s records and I’ma tell y’all little motherf*ckers something, y’all keep letting that n*gga get on records and pop sh*t. I’ma start coming at cha’ll little n*ggas. I’ll smack the sh*t outta Drake b*tch a**. All y’all n*ggas, f*ck all y’all. This is Broad Street Bully, B. Sig, I have no problem seeing anybody on site.” (Trinity Entertainment)
In January 2010, Jay said he was shocked at the disses Beans made toward him.
“This rap music and the competitive by nature, nothing really surprises me anymore but I’ll honestly say, that was one that was like a shocker,” Hov said in an interview. “When you from a certain place, cut from a certain cloth, there’s certain things that’s just off limits. When you cross that line, we put you in a different box. That one was a little surprising. The competitive nature of rap music dictates that’s how it goes more times than it’s not…I think everybody run outta ideas, it’s all just marketing at this point. I don’t even think it’s competition anymore…” (“Ed Lover In The Morning”)
A month later, former Roc-A-Fella artist Freeway weighed in on Jay/Sigel’s beef.
“I’m cool with Jay; I’m cool with Beans,” Free explained in an interview. “I felt as though we could have gotten a bigger push for the albums that we dropped [in 2007], but I don’t feel no type of way about it. I’m just working; I’m not sitting around complaining. Beans was on the Roc before me, he was the person that brought me there. Him and Jay had a deeper relationship than I did. Obviously there had to be some kind of buildup, ’cause I know Beans love Jay. I know he do. He got to. All the things they been through together. I mean, I can’t complain about Jay at all. He gave me that first major co-sign. That first co-sign was enough for me. I don’t got nothing bad to say about him.” (New York Magazine)
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