after the triumph of MBDTF and it being called a masterpiece and getiing a perfect 10 score by pitchfork ( fircst mainstream album to do so in more than a decade) . while jays last EP BP3 was slammed by critics and scored a below average 4.5. Did jay feel threatened that Kanye is proving to be a more evolved artist than him and is becoming the new progressive face of hip hop. jay probably deep down felt he needed his own twisted fantasy to bring the critics back on side (just like kanye) .. After all the album is being marketed more as a Jay-Z album with kanye production/featuring. hate to say it but perhaps this entire endeavor is more for Hovas benfit than for kanye's. Nevertheless of the politics at least we get some good music out of it right..?