Cam'ron Claims Jay-Z Loves Money More Than Hip-Hop Culture

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Cam is the latest to criticize Hov.

Jay-Z decided to pay tribute to another G.O.A.T. last week. He performed "Public Service Announcement" during Tom Brady’s Patriot Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and was shown love by the ex-quarterback in return. Other high-profile celebrities were less than thrilled with Jay’s decision, however. Some criticized him for taking such a low level role in Brady’s ceremony. Others, like Cam’ron, went as far as to suggest that Jay-Z is indifferent to the hip-hop culture he helped popularize.

Cam’ron made this bold claim during a June 18 episode of his podcast, It Is What It Is. The Harlem rapper posited that Jay-Z does "not love" hip-hop the way that fans think he does. "I think he likes hip-hop a lot," Cam explained. "I think he likes money more, and opportunities to take his brand to the next level." He alluded to the Hip Hop 50 concerts that took place in 2023, and the fact that Jay-Z did not participate in the celebration. "As far as Hip Hop 50 is concerned, I don’t think he loves it," the rapper added. "As much as somebody like Nas loves it."

Cam'ron Appreciates Jay-Z's Business Acumen

The conversation stemmed from an Antonio Brown tweet criticizing Jay’s decision. Brown, a former teammate of Tom Brady’s, was much more blunt. He voiced disappointment in the "Empire State of Mind" rapper for choosing an induction ceremony over a concert that would have been attended by adoring fans. "Jay didn’t perform at any Hip Hop 50 concerts last year," AB wrote. "Where the fans would’ve known every word to his songs. But he makes time to get ignored by rich folks smh." Cam’ron has a more level-headed approach to the situation, and pointed out that Jay-Z may have performed with a greater purpose in mind.

"Sometimes you do something for somebody so they can do something for you," Cam’ron asserted. "A favor for a favor." The Dipset leader also gave Jay the benefit of the doubt, reminding viewers what Jay has done for the commercial appeal of the genre. "Jay-Z’s saying, 'Nah we need to take this somewhere else,'" Cam added. "Let’s start getting our culture at halftime at the Super Bowl. You have to think about business as well." It is the music business, after all.

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Elias is a music writer at HotNewHipHop. He joined the site in 2024, and covers a wide range of topics, including pop culture, film, sports, and of course, hip-hop. You can find him publishing work for HNHH from Monday to Friday, especially when it comes to the coverage of new albums and singles. His favorite artists are Andre 3000, MF Doom, pre-808s Kanye West and Tyler, The Creator. He loves L.A. hip-hop but not L.A. sports teams. The first album he ever bought was Big Willie Style by Will Smith, which he maintains is still a pretty good listen.