Not everyone is feeling Jay-Z's new lyrics.
Jay-Z released his new album, 4:44, to much fanfare and praise this past Friday, but not everyone is on that bandwagon. In fact, some of Jay-Z's lyrics on the track "The Story of OJ" are being considered anti-semitic.
Here are the lyrics in question:
Many other users voiced their displeasure on Twitter, creating a groundswell of blow back against the rapper.
What, why Jay Z. Just super unnecessary. https://t.co/eYkMiqPCLh— Ryan Katz (@ryangordonkatz) June 30, 2017
Awful. :(— Sherri (@SherriPizza) June 30, 2017
This really disappoints and depresses me. Classic anti Semitic tropes. :(
As a non-property owner with bad credit who goes to strip clubs, I am offended by Jay Z's blatant antisemitism. #JayZ444— (((Matt Lieb))) (@lieb123456789) June 30, 2017
Jay...what is you doing saying anti Semitic shit on your fucking album. Like what the fuck pic.twitter.com/Xx7yFde29H— Jackpots Zuckermaus (@Bray_Lawrence) July 3, 2017
So does anyone have an explanation for *why* the new Jay Z album has that random anti-Semitic line?— Prairie Petrograd (@cheepguava) July 3, 2017
Others have been quick to defend the famed emcee, implying that those who think the line was anti-semitic are "reaching," among other things.
There was nothing anti Semitic about Jay Z's line on Black OJ. Please stop reaching. Thank you— K. Jones (@_siNce89) July 3, 2017
I think jay zs comment wasn't even anti semitic, just weird. The person who wrote that fb post is an idiot— Skye (@alienboooty) July 3, 2017
Same Jews who claim Jay being anti Semitic don't even like black people ..— Old Baltimore (@OG_HARM) July 3, 2017
As a Jew, I wouldn't say the jay z lyrics that everyone's saying are anti Semitic are anti Semitic, but the lyric is kind of unnecessary— Jorian Rachel (@jorianrachel) July 3, 2017
I wanna listen to that Jay Z song where he shamefully uses an anti-Semitic stereotype, but I'm too cheap to buy Tidal.— (((Matt Lieb))) (@lieb123456789) June 30, 2017
One high-profile defender of Jay-Z's was Madonna's manager Guy Oseary, who thinks that those who are outraged have simply missed the point.
"If you read the lyrics out of context I can understand why people are jumping to that conclusion," Oseary wrote in an Instagram post. "But if you listen to the song in its entirety you will hear that the whole of the song is based on exaggerated stereotypes to make a point. There are African American stereotypes throughout the song." He added later that "Jewish people do NOT 'own all the property in America.' Jay knows this. But he's attempting to use the Jewish people in an exaggerated way to showcase a community of people that are thought to have made wise business decisions [...]."
Check out the full Instagram post below.
I've received a few messages from friends wondering why Jay-Z is putting out anti-semitic lyrics in his new song "The Story Of O.J." ... If you read the lyrics out of context I can understand why people are jumping to that conclusion.. But if you listen to the song in its entirety you will hear that the whole of the song is based on exaggerated stereotypes to make a point.. There are African American stereotypes throughout the song.. The music video directed by @markromanek and Jay is entirely full of exaggerated stereotype imagery of African Americans.. Jewish people do NOT "own all the property in America". Jay knows this.. But hes attempting to use the jewish people in an exaggerated way to showcase a community of people that are thought to have made wise business decisions.. As an example of what is possible and achievable.. Yes, the "rich jew" the "business jew" the "jew that owns the world" is a stereotype which has been repeatedly used with the wrong sentiment.. meant only to harm the Jewish people. Perpetuating the absurdity that jews are taking over the world.. Fact: There are 7.5 billion people in the world.. Only 14 million of them are jews.. Thats 0.2 percent of the worlds population.. In my opinion, Jay is giving the jewish community a compliment.. " Financial freedom" he mentions as being his ONLY hope.. If you had to pick a community as an example of making wise financial decisions achieving financial freedom who would you choose?.. Im not offended by these lyrics.. I hear them the way he inteded them to be heard.. Giving "credit" to a community that supposedly understands what it means to have "credit".. I'm good with that.. 🙌🏽✡️