Jay-Z returns to the negative connotation of capitalism: “We don’t stop”

By Brent Furdyk.

There has been an ongoing conversation for years in America about the issue of wealth inequality, given that the richest 1% owns more than a third of the nation’s wealth.

Billionaire rap mogul Jay-Z is a proud member of that 1%, and in a rare conversation on Twitter Space, he insisted that capitalism shouldn’t be seen as a bad thing.

“Yeah, we didn’t go to stop. Hip-hop is young. It is still growing. We don’t fall for that trick the public is spreading now. Before, it was the American dream. ‘Raise yourself by your bootstraps. You can do it in America,” he said.

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“All these lies that America has told us all our lives and then when we start to understand they try to shut us out of it,” he continued. “They start to invent words like ‘capitalist’ and things like that. We were called “n-ers” and “monkeys” and shit. I don’t care what words you find. You all need to come up with stronger words.

Discussing his own ‘evolution’ from a poor rapper selling his CDs on street corners to becoming one of the most powerful figures in the music industry, he insisted no one should be ‘ashamed of succeeding in a place that has a system in place for us dying at 21… You locked us out. You’ve created a system that, you know, doesn’t include us. We said fine. We took our alternate route. We created this music. We did our thing, you know, we hustle, we killed ourselves to get into this space. And, you know, now it’s like, you know, you know, ‘Eat the rich,’ and, man, we don’t stop.

Despite his assertion, Jay-Z was hit with a backlash on Twitter; here is a sample.

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