Robert De Niro and Jay-Z reportedly have beef with one another.
According to a New York Post report, the legendary actor and the “99 Problems” rapper got into a tense argument at Leonardo DiCaprio’s birthday bash Saturday night, when “De Niro called the rapper disrespectful.”
The Goodfellas star reportedly called out Jay-Z in a room full of celebrities including Jamie Foxx, Russell Simmons, Martin Scorsese, Chris Rock and Cameron Diaz for not returning his phone calls.
New York Post sources said that Jay-Z tried to joke with De Niro about the issue, and Beyoncé even tried to intervene, but De Niro “wouldn’t back down.”
“Bob was sitting at a table, and when Jay-Z went over to say hello, De Niro told Jay that he never called him back,”
A spy then overheard De Niro complaining about a song Jay-Z agreed to record for the Tribeca Film Festival. De Niro had reached out to discuss further details, but Jay never returned his calls.
“Bob wasn’t in any mood to make polite conversation,” the spy says. “He told Jay that if somebody calls you six times, you call them back. It doesn’t matter who you are, that is just rude.”
In his defense, Jay-Z allegedly joked that he is terrible with returning phone calls, however De Niro kept telling him that “he thinks he’s the man, and that was he was disrespectful.”
The irony in all of this is that Jay-Z paid homage to the Oscar winner in the second line of his chart-topping anthem “Empire State of Mind.”
“Yea I’m out that Brooklyn, now I’m down in Tribeca/Right next to De Niro, but I’ll be hood forever,” Jay-Z rapped.
If this argument truly went down, Jay and Bey can probably forget about being invited over to the De Niro’s house for Thanksgiving dinner this year.
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