Jay-Z, Harry Belafonte: Hov Responds To Civil Rights Icon On Magna Carta Holy Grail – SBM

It’s also interesting to note how Jay’s ideology on “giving back” has evolved over the years. “So I got rich and gave back to me that’s the win-win” he rapped on 2003′s “The Black Album”. Now it’s “I got a problem with the handouts I took the man route, I’ll give an opportunity though, that’s the plan now.“ This kind of thinking is a bit troublesome as it fits in way too nicely with the same old “I did it, so you can too,” rhetoric right-leaning politicians like to throw around. “I took the man route” sounds a lot like American exceptionalism to me. Besides that, it’s not just about giving money. It’s about dedicating your time and energy to causes, it’s about using your celebrity to do more than advance your celebrity. To put it plainly – it’s about sacrifice.

It’s not fair to judge Jay based on what we see. He may do way more anonymous work than we could possibly ever know. But it would be nice to hear him lay-off lyrics encouraging the struggling masses to be aspirational, and instead throw a few bars toward those with money and power. It’d be nice to hear him encourage them to change the policies and institutions that buttress this tacit caste system upon which many of this country’s institutions are built.

via Jay-Z, Harry Belafonte: Hov Responds To Civil Rights Icon On Magna Carta Holy Grail – SBM.

 

One comment

  1. Jay Z has thrived from the virus of Capitalism and continues to promote it shamelessly. It would be nice to hear him speak the truth about such a dogmatic, predatory system that causes violence worldwide.

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