Racism in the Media: ‘Bad for Business’ Jay-Z and Chris Brown the Illiterate

Brooklyn rap star and heartthrob R&B singer become center of writer rants and insults.

By: Taren Vaughan

Rapper Jay-Z has managed to remain at the top of the rap game since the birth of his first album Reasonable Doubt. Not only has he made his presence known musically, he has also dabbled in other arenas as well, starting up a profitable Roc-A-Wear clothing line and taking an NBA franchise under his wing. With many people applauding his efforts, one particular individual takes a moment to do everything but:

“As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots — what a shock that he chose black and white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new “urban” home — why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment?

Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N——s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B—-hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!”

Phil Mushnick, NY Post

And all the way you went Mr. Mushnick, off the deep end. Clearly not a Jigga fan I’m assuming.

Sure it is almost guaranteed that you will hear the “B” or “N” word dropped a time or two on a Jay-Z track. No argument there. But to go on a rant of this magnitude about how his “horrible” influence will send the Nets franchise straight down the s-t hole is what I will speak to. His music has nothing to do with his ownership over a team and the decisions that he makes concerning them. And when it comes to conducting business, Jay-Z is nobody’s fool, lyrics aside.

As expected, just like every one does when they are coined a racist, Mushnick claimed the misconstruing of his words. Yawn.

When we thought the Jay bash session was enough, an IB Times staff reporter decides to mildly go in on Singer Chris Brown. In a recent article about Brown’s tell-all book that is supposedly making ex-girlfriend Rihanna cringe, the reporter takes a jab at him, questioning his ability to read:

“Despite the lack of public evidence that Chris Brown can in fact read,”

I’m sorry what was that?

To imply that he can’t read stems from what exactly? Oh silly me, I forgot one important thing here…He’s an African American male so I guess he has to prove that he can comprehend sentences and put words together. It can’t be assumed that he can do these things.

I’m still trying to figure out why that comment was even needed and is slapped right at the beginning of the article. Thought it was supposed to be about his book and not about the sarcastic insult that was so perfectly slid into the article.

Even after the countless number of apologies to the public for the battering of Rihanna and his new business ventures taking off, the Chris Brown hatred is still alive and well. But to go out and challenge his reading ability, that’s a bit much. Not to mention completely off topic from what the post was supposed to be about.

Jay-Z and Chris Brown are not the most wholesome of men, we get that. Both have had several controversial moments throughout their careers that always seemed to hit social media networks with the quickness. Yet they have millions of fans across the globe. But somewhere, hiding behind the confines of web articles, Twitter and Facebook accounts, are the ones who dislike them the most. And they will say exactly what they think about them, racially charged or not.



  1. Jay Z brings a lot of criticism on himself. Didn’t he call his own wife a bitch in some of his songs? His former drug dealer image is hard to forget for some people. Can’t rap about bitches and hoes and then expect folks to forget that because you throw on a suit. *sips tea*

  2. Of course Chris Brown can’t read, he’s a convicted felon. I kid, I kid. Y’all know every black entertainer male is automatically a thuggish rapper according to down low racist white folks and the NY Post. 🙂

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