Jay-Z Turned Down Request to Be on Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’
On Tuesday (March 28), Rolling Stone shared its latest cover story interview with the British singer-songwriter who spilled the tea on his ill-fated attempt to get Hov on his 2017 hit song.
"We were in touch," Sheeran told RS of his pursuit of a Jay-Z 16. "I sent him the song, and he said, 'I don’t think the song needs a rap verse.' He was probably right. He’s got a very, very good ear. He usually gets things right. It was a very natural, respectful pass."
Jigga may have been correct. "Shape of You," which was on Ed's 2017 ÷ album, went on to peak at No. 1 in 34 countries including the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it stayed for 12 non-consecutive weeks. It became the first song to hit 2 billion streams on Spotify. The single won the Grammy award for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 2018 Grammy Awards. The music video has nearly 6 billion streams on YouTube.
This isn't the first time Ed Sheeran missed out on an opportunity to be on a record with Jay-Z. Back in 2019, Stormzy revealed he turned down a Jay-Z verse on his collab track with Ed Sheeran, "Take Me Back to London."
Getting a Jay-Z verse is not an easy task, especially these days. Jay-Z only appeared on a few songs in 2022 including Pusha-T's "Neck and Wrist" and DJ Khaled's "God Did."