By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Jay-Z a sell out? Jay-Z might be one of today’s most successful rappers in today’s music industry considering he’s managed to be relevant for almost two decades and has completely morphed into a multi-million dollar business man, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a target of continuos criticism. With a new hit album out and his brand new sports agency already flourishing, Jay-Z’s accomplishments are understandably praiseworthy, but not everyone is ready to label Jay-Z as a success. Instead there’s a whole group of people who actually view him as a sellout and a brand detrimental to the black community.
One person who views Jay-Z as part of the problem and not a symbol of success is The Last Poets member Dahveed Nelson. In a recent interview with Fox Sports Columnist Jason Whitlock, Nelson drags Jay-Z and says he’s nothing more than a black person in blackface, and selling out his own people for millions. He also says today’s Hip Hop music is of the “devil.” Dahveed Nelson says:
“Jay-Z is getting well paid. He’s one of the most wealthy people in America, certainly one of the wealthiest blacks and most influential, for being a n*gger, for putting on blackface and coo*ing. That’s what he’s getting paid for.”
He also had some words for Russell Simmons, and said he didn’t have any groups to promote uplifting messages:
“Russell Simmons was the first big pimp of hip hop. He had 99 million groups and only one of them had any positive words to put into it and that was Public Enemy. Simmons and Jay-Z are pimps and prostitutes.”
Known for his poems that spoke to serious issues of the black community, he now says he is disgusted with today’s Hip Hop generation:
“This whole hip-hop generation, it’s the devil. It’s Satan. It’s hedonism. It’s the pursuit of pleasure. There’s no soul. They’ve captured our medium.”
And when it comes to the Tryavon Martin tragedy and the overwhelming thug image the slain teen was attributed during his trial and after, Nelson says the blame rests solely on today’s Hip Hop culture:
“You can put the blame squarely on hip hop. It’s a marriage. It’s like the movie Django; you have those who collaborate with the enemy. The enemy has its responsibilities, but you’ve got the collaborators. That’s what the whole hip-hop culture is. I know the history of hip hop.”
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