OCCUPY Y’ALL STREET
By James W. Jennings
Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter, made his bones navigating a treacherous drug trade which all but enslaved all parties involved. He’s lucky to be alive let alone rich and impossibly happy. To be surprised or appalled that he’d appropriate a socialist slogan for personal gain is to be dangerously naïve. Jay-Z sold crack. To crackheads. He definitely doesn’t care about the 99%. Having mastered the harrowing tales of his upbringing, it’s sounds clear he’s still conflicted about his own community. Don’t get it twisted. Jay-Z doesn’t care about you or me. Time to get over that one.
He is, above all, a businessman. As far as legal goods go, dreams sell very well. Although Jay-Z plays many roles in society, as most entertainers often do, he’s neither politician nor activist. Capitalizing on a socialist movement for personal gain is well within the realm of possibilities. Hold that.
Don’t blame Jay-Z. Business is business. From selling crack to selling music to selling hope for crack dealers to sell music to selling his brand of hope to appropriating others, Jay-Z’s been the same. Nobody told you to idolize a drug dealer.