In a chain of events which would seem bizarre under any other presidency, yet seem almost normal under this one, Jay-Z is beefing with Donald J Trump.

The 45th President of the United States has used Twitter as a platform to express his views in a way no world leader has done before. He uses Twitter to air out personal grievances, target the news media, and bash political opponents and celebrities who express dismay toward his policies, performance, mental stability or personality. Jay Z is the latest to bear the brunt of Trump’s twitter wrath, though he is certainly not the first.

Jay Z, real name Shaun Carter, appeared on CNN’s The Van Jones Show on Saturday night, and the topic of Trump’s recent comments referring to African countries as “shit holes” came up in the conversation. Carter explained his point of view, noting that “it’s disappointing and hurtful. Everyone feels anger. After the anger, it’s really hurtful because he’s looking down on a whole population of people.” These balanced comments were followed by a sharper, poignant attack against the president, when Carter discussed race relations in the US. Referring to the public backlash against a racist tirade caught on tape by former LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his subsequent fall from grace, Carter noted that “(after that, it led) all of the other closet racists (to) just run back in the hole.” But he noted that nothing had really changed, and the surfacing of Trump’s racist comments echoed that sentiment – “You haven’t fixed anything,” he said. “You have sprayed perfume on the trash can. What you do when you do, that is the bugs come. You spray something and you create a superbug because you don’t take care of the problem. You don’t take the trash out, you keep spraying whatever over it to make it acceptable. As those things grow, you create a superbug. And then now we have Donald Trump, the superbug.” 

While he acknowledged that his comments were partially in jest, the president didn’t take it so well, arming himself on Twitter and stating; “Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!” While this statement is technically true, many have fired back at Trump, claiming that the low unemployment rate amongst African Americans is actually due to the work of the former Obama administration, and Trump is simply trying to claim the credit.

Only in America could the president be beefing with a rapper. Welcome to 2018.