Monday, May 18, 2015
Jay-Z Shamelessly Compares Tidal's Struggles To The Killings of Freddie Gray, Mike Brown, and Trayvon Martin
Rap mogul and the reincarnation of Joe Camel, Jay-Z, treated subscribers of his streaming service Tidal to a private concert at New York City's Terminal 5 Friday night. Hov performed a bevvy of old tracks during his B-Sides show, along with a freestlyle taking shots at his new competitors Spotify, YouTube and Apple.
Below you can find the transcribed lyrics, courtesy of Billboard, emphasis mine.
“I don’t need no middlemen to talk to my n—-s / I understand if you don’t understand I figure my n—-a / That’s where we differ / I take what’s mine you accept what they give you / I get you/ I don’t take no checks / I take my respect / Pharrell even told me “Go with the best bet” / Jimmy Iovine offered the safety net / Google came around with a crazy check / I feel like YouTube is the culp-a-rit /. N—-s pay you a tenth of what you supposed to get / You know n—a die for equal pay, right? You know what I’m worth / I ain’t your slave right / You know I aint shucking and jivin’ and high fivin’ / You know this ain’t back in the days right / But i can’t tell by the way they kill Freddie Gray right / Shot down / Mike Brown / Like the way they did Tray right? / Y’all gone’ keep choking’ n—-s / we gon’ turn style / I ain’t your token n—a / You know i came in this game independent right / Tidal / My own label / same difference / Oh n—-s is skeptical of they own shit / You bought nine iPhones and Steve Jobs is rich / Phil Knight worth trillions you still bought those kicks / Spotify’s nine billion and they ain’t say shit / ‘Lucyyy you got some splainin’ to do’ / The only one they hatin’ on look the same as you / That’s cool / I know they tryin’ to bamboozle you / Spending billions on meryin’ to confusin you / I had to tell myself “Hov, get used to it” / It’s politics as usual.”
Last month Vogue reported that Jay-Z and Beyonce's cumulative net worth eclipsed ONE BILLION DOLLARS!!! But that hasn't stopped Mr. Carter from shamelessly comparing the struggles of his digital en devour to the tragic death's of several, young African-American men.
It shouldn't really come as a surprise. After all, it was almost a decade ago when Hov first informed us that he wasn't a businessman, but rather a *business* man. Sadly, that still doesn't make it any less insulting.
I guess we can all take some small solace in the fact that he didn't pimp out Tamir Rice's death for profit. That, and the fact that Tidal is absolutely nailing their Hindenburg impression.