Jay Z has caused quite a stir with the launch of the new artist-owned streaming service Tidal. Some folks feel, particularly those in the black community, that he should use his influence to fight causes that will help uplift the black community, i.e., black on black crime.
Jay Z is a hustler; the politically correct term is “Capitalist,” and so looking out for the black community is not in his DNA. He has rhymed for years about money and not being a businessman but a Business, Man. Jay saw the rap game as a way out of the hood, like most young black men living in the ghetto believing that all they have is sports and entertainment. So to expect Jay-z to come out and be an advocate of Ferguson when he lives by the code ‘that if it doesn’t make dollars, it doesn’t make sense’ is a bit naive. Being an advocate for racial equality will not make him money, which is precisely why we can’t expect him to be a social activist.
Now not being a social activist doesn’t make Jay a bad person. Blacks need to understand that the Jay-Z’s of the world are needed. He has shown everyone that they can accomplish anything when they put their minds to it. We can’t have every black person marching; some need to be up in those boardrooms making decisions.
He gave everyone a glimpse of how his mind works on the song “The Moment of Clarity”; he rhymes, “If skills sold truth be told I’d probably be lyrically Talib Kweli. Truthfully I want to rhyme like Common Sense (But I did 5Mil), and I ain’t been rhyming like Common since. When your sense got that much in common, and you been hustling, since your inception, fuck perception go with what makes sense. Since I know what I’m up against, we as rappers must decide what’s most important. And I can’t help the poor if I’m one of them, so I got rich and gave back, to me that’s the win, win.”
Don’t hate on him congratulate him for being a hustler—I mean a Capitalist, and there is nothing wrong with being a Capitalist.
Jay-Z – Moment Of Clarity Lyrics | MetroLyrics. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.metrolyrics.com/moment-of-clarity-lyrics-jayz.html
My name is Trey Coleman. I’m blogging to give some insight on politics, music, and entertainment. I’m a Republican, and I believe in capitalism. Contact me on my website Treystruth.com or follow me on twitter at @Treyce43 (Treys Truth)