By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Rapper and business man Jay Z has made quite a name for himself in Hip Hop and making lucrative business deals, but the “Magna Carta Holy Grail” rapper still finds himself as a favorite target for criticism. When he’s not being blamed for accused murder and former NFL star Aaron Hernandez’s alleged ties to violence, he’s also being singled out for being a devil worshipper and not doing enough for the black community. In fact, legendary actor and activist Harry Belafonte recently called out Jay Z and his superstar wife Beyonce for what he feels is a lack of social responsibility, and Jay Z has made it clear he doesn’t appreciate Belafonte calling him out in such a public manner. Jay Z also revealed he feels his presence alone is charity because he inspires little black boys in the hood to overcome their obstacles and become great, but in a recent interview with Bill Maher, he also admits he really took issue with the fact Belafonte brought Beyonce into the criticism. He says:
“I didn’t think it was the correct venue [to speak out against me]. If it was something, a real problem, you know I’m not very difficult to find, especially someone of that stature. He can reach out to me and we can have a conversation and we’ll do some good together. But you know, I just thought that sort of was a bit grandstanding to me and I didn’t appreciate that especially dragging my wife into it, that was a bit of a low blow.”
Jay Z also spoke a little on the backlash he received for saying that like President Obama, his presence alone is “charity”:
“If you have the audacity to compare yourself to any of the greats that came before you, if you say, ‘Just like Obama I’m this, or I’m like Picasso,’ it’s almost like blasphemous for you to say. What are we doing this for? You want to be known as the great. You want to be known as the greatest of all time. That’s never going to happen if you don’t see yourself first.”
Harry Belafonte recently claimed he didn’t mean to offend the famous couple and would love to have a sit down conversation on the matter.
In related news, Jay Z may not be generous enough to the community according to his critics, but reports suggest he’s pretty generous to his employees. The Star is reporting Jigga gave all of his employees (from low level to high level) a $50k bonus.