Jay-Z is mourning the loss of his late friend NBA legend Kobe Bryant.
The 5-year-old rapper opens up about his relationship with his late friend while giving a talk at Columbia University on Tuesday (Feb. 4).
Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna (Gigi) who he shares with wife Vanessa Bryant, were victims to a tragic helicopter crash on Jan. 26 alongside seven other victims.
The tragedy happened just a little after best friends Jay and Kobe rang in the New Year in a celebration together at his home. That was the last time Jay saw his best bud and he is revealing the last conversation that the two had during that night as they transitioned from one decade to another together.
“He was just in the greatest space that I’ve seen him in,” Jay revealed in a video that was later shared on social media.
“One of the last things he said to me was, you’ve gotta see Gianna play basketball,” Jay shared. “And that was one of the most hurtful things, because he was so proud. And the look on his face was like — I looked at him and said, ‘Oh, she’s going to be the best female basketball player in the world.’”
“He was just so proud So that’s really a tough one,” Jay said.
Jay further added that he and wife Beyonce are deeply shaken by the tragic loss of their close friend Kobe and his daughter Gigi.
My wife and I took their deaths … really tough. That’s all I’ll say on that,” Jay continued. “Just a great human being and was in a great space in his life,” he concluded.