Jay-Z Responds to Anti-Semitic Lyrics on His New Album
Jay-z’s new album, 4:44, has faced criticism from fans since its release date on June 30. There is a lyric on his track, “The Story of OJ” that arguably has anti-Semitic lyrics. The track includes the lyrics, “You wanna know what’s more important than throwin’ away money at a strip club? Credit / You ever wonder why Jewish people own all the property in America? This is how they did it.”
The 47-year-old rapper addressed these accusations on August 18 during his interview with Rap Radar podcast hosts Elliott Wilson and Brian “B-dot” Miller. “It’s hard for me to take that serious because I’ve exaggerated every black image in the world,” he said.
“If even you, as the Jewish community, if you don’t have a problem with the exaggerations of the guy eating watermelon and all the things that was happening [in the ‘Story of O.J.’ music video], if you don’t have a problem with that, and that’s the only line you pick out, then you are being a hypocrite,” the Roc Nation founder continued. “I can’t address that in a real way. I got to leave that where it is.”
Jay-Z didn’t take the accusations to seriously, adding, “Of course I know Jewish people don’t own all the property in America. I mean, I own things! So I know that they don’t own all of the property in America. It was an exaggeration.”
In fact, the rap star considered his lyric as a compliment. “I pretty much said, ‘If you want to be good at property and things like that, follow this pattern,'” he explained. “It’s almost like saying, ‘Kobe Bryant shot a lot of shots. If you want to be good at basketball, practice your thousand shots and do what he did.’ And then Kobe Bryant comes out and says, ‘Whatchu trying to say, all black people play basketball?’ That’s how ridiculous it is. … C’mon, you know I didn’t say that. Context is everything.”