In an interview with Rolling Stone, Ed Sheeran said Jay-Z didn’t want to be a guest verse on “Shape of You,” which became the number-one song in 34 countries. “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,” said Sheeran.