After JAY-Z took shots at Kanye West on his latest 4:44 album, Kanye is reportedly ready to fire back as his former Watch the Throne buddy. On this thirteenth studio album, JAY takes aim at West with some “subliminal” hits on his tracks “Kill JAY-Z,” “Bam,” and “Caught Their Eyes.” The situation was further complicated by West’s subsequent exit from JAY-Z’s exclusive streaming platform TIDAL over a money dispute.

Speaking on Joe Budden’s latest podcast, co-host Mal revealed that he’d bumped into West recently in L.A. “I had a cool little conversation with Kanye in L.A.,” he recalled. “He said he’s got a few words in response to what JAY had on ’4:44’ when his next record comes out.”

Mal states:

“There’s some malice. He wasn’t smiling. He was smiling before that conversation started. He said some funny shit. He said, ‘Yeah man, I was next to JAY for years standing right next to him — why he didn’t give me no jewels he put on the album?’ [West] was like, ‘Damn, [JAY] could have schooled me to all of this shit when I was right next to him.’”

For those who might need a little refresher, many fans believe Hov took a number of jabs at the Chicago rapper on the tracks “Kill Jay Z,” “Bam” and “Caught Their Eyes.” On the singles, the rapper seemed to reference Kanye’s shocking meltdown during one of his Saint Pablo Tour stops, in which he called out Jay for not reaching out or supporting him. Jay also criticized Yeezy about his attitude. “I know people backstab you, I felt that too/But this f**k everybody attitude ain’t natural/But you ain’t the same, this ain’t Kumba Ye/But you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye,” he raps in “Kill Jay Z.”