Jay-Z’s ‘Open Letter’ Causes a Stir…

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Jay-Z received criticism over a week ago from Republicans over his travel to Cuba to celebrate his 5 year wedding anniversary.  It was a silly complaint by Republicans as, the Obama Administration in 2012 eased the travel restrictions to Cuba with a policy known as “people-to-people” travel.  Jay had all his paperwork for this travel, but it was an opportunity for Repubs to take a distant shot at President Obama as Jay-Z has a good relationship with Obama and the White House.

In response to his critics Hov released ‘Open Letter’

Now you have the White House Press Corps making WAY too much out of the following lyrics….

Obama said “chill, you gonna get me impeached”.  But you don’t need this shit anyway, Chill with me on the beach… – Jay-Z

REALLY

Was there nothing else to talk about in the world?

SMH, it’s pretty sad that the White House Press Secretary has to even answer a question about Jay-Z and Beyoncé traveling to Cuba.  What’s next?  The White House commenting on Rick Ross and Mollys????

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Marco Rubio evokes Jay-Z to celebrate Gators win….

Since Mitt Romney and the GOP took that beat down on election night, they have been trying to figure out how can they make a comeback with the young and non-White vote.  Being known as the party of the angry White male will not win you any elections when it comes to the presidency.  Since November 6th we have heard Conservatives like Marco Rubio and Piyush “Bobby” Jindal talk a good game about immigration reform and being the party that reaches out to 100% of Americans and not just 53%.

In an effort to show he’s hip, Marco Rubio a graduate of University of Florida (Gators) celebrated the #4 Gators beating up interstate rivals Florida State University in college football with the following tweet:

So Rubio is a fan of Hov (Jay-Z)??

I guess you have to start somewhere…..

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

WTF/WTH Wednesdays – 99 Problems and BITCH is still one….

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Once again the internet rumor mill got ahead of itself when a poem allegedly written by Jay-Z about his new outlook on the word “Bitch”.  Many believed that with the birth of his daughter, Blue Ivy Carter and the poem being circulated was Jay turning over a new leaf where he would no longer use “Bitch” in his rhymes.

Oh well…

In a NY Daily News interview Jay-Z stated that,

A recent report he wrote a poem to his newborn daughter vowing to drop the word “b—-” from his vocabulary.

“That poem and story are fake,”

It was a nice thought, I can’t front I was excited for Jay and Beyoncé to get at it again and have a son… Then maybe Jay would stopped with the n-word, YEAH RIGHT!!!

I guess 99 Problems and BITCH is still One, hey we can still enjoy the soft side of Jay in the song ‘Glory’

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

‘Occupy All Streets’ shirts disappear, What happened Jay-Z???

DAMN, that was quick….

WSJ (Wall Street Journal) is reporting that Jay-Z’s ‘Occupy All Streets’ shirts are no longer being sold online from Rocawear‘s website.  It looks like Jay-Z and Rocawear folded under the pressure from the scrutiny of their decision to profit off of the Occupy Wall Street (#OWS) movement.  I guess Hov decided if he couldn’t profit off of this then fuck it!

It’s possible that Jay-Z will re-launch the shirt with some of the profits going to Occupy Wall Street but at this point it seems unlikely as Rocawear has not released any statements about the removal of the shirts from their website.

Jay-Z is a shrewd businessman but he is not perfect, it just shows you have to be careful.  Jay/Rocawear are no small-time street vendors that no one cares about, the Occupy Wall Street movement is real and people are paying attention.

Also, this is a great example of the type of influence Jay-Z has over pop culture.  The moment he wore that ‘Occupy All Streets’ shirt he created an instant buzz; I can’t imagine what it’s to carry that much weight….

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

F-A-Natic Fridays – Jay-Z’s Occupy All Streets???

Jay-Z has decided to support the Occupy Wall Street (#OWS) movement with a new shirt that his clothing brand Rocawear will distribute; Hov recently wore the Occupy All Streets shirt at the MSG Watch The Throne performance.  Jay-Z getting behind the Occupy Wall St is sort of a BIG DEAL; this attention will bring a crowd not typically interested in social issues.  Of course the attention will be superficial at first as people will be more into looking cool wearing the t-shirts, but there will be an effect (positive and negative).

BUT, I do have 1 problem with Rocawear’s Occupy All Streets t-shirts

“The ‘Occupy All Streets’ T shirt was created in support of the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement. Rocawear strongly encourages all forms of constructive expression, whether it be artistic, political or social. ‘Occupy All Streets’ is our way of reminding people that there is change to be made everywhere, not just on Wall Street. At this time we have not made an official commitment to monetarily support the movement.” 

Sooooooo, you support #OWS, BUT you only support to a certain point????

Come on Rocawear, you have to do better than that; the #OWS movement is about the 99% tired of the 1% building their fortunes on the backs of the working man.  And here we have Rocawear profiting off the backs of #OWS!!!

Hmmmmm…….

As Jon Bershad wrote in an article on Mediate

If the shirt is just designed to be cool and “of the moment” or something, then, fine. Do whatever you want. However, if they actually intend it as support, then they should be supporting in a more tangible way.

What Jay-Z’s doing isn’t wrong, per se, it’s just kind of tasteless and jerky seeming. If he wanted to lend his support, he could have shown up at the protests…  Or he could have made the shirts say something clearer like “Jay-Z, a rich man, should pay more taxes!” Or he could just give the movement some of the darn profits.

I agree with Bershad on these points, basically Rocawear is profiting off the backs of #OWS!  Jay-Z needs to call up whoever at Rocawear and tell them to do the right thing.  I realize there is a cost of production, Rocawear should keep what money they need to cover cost and give the rest to support #OWS.

Put the mic down for a second Hov and do the right thing!!

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Takeover Thursdays – Kanye West’s Monster Video

Ummmm, so Kanye’s Monster video is interesting to say the least.  If you can get past the first shot of Rick Ross sitting in a room full of models hanging from the ceiling then the scene of Kanye laying in the bed with 2 dead models should be no problem at all.  As usual Jay-Z delivers with his appearance , I try not to pay attention to the dead naked White girl on the couch…  You would think Ross, Kanye and Jay-Z would be a little nervous in this video with all these dead White women lying around them, HA!!

As for Nicki Minaj she stole the show and that is hard to say when you have Jay-Z in any song/video.  Having a Barbie Minaj tied up being circled and tormented by an Evil Nicki is GREAT; Evil Nicki performing the grimy hard lyrics and straddling Barbie Minaj was nicely done.  Of course it doesn’t hurt to see Evil Nicki in some black lace leggings showing her booty, LOL!!

Overall this is an interesting video, keep in mind this is not a finished product but I can’t imagine what they can add to the video.  If anything there might be some censorship with the hanging models; who knows how far Kanye can push the envelope with his dark side.

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As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!