It’s a Smackdown: Trump vs. Jay Z

In a dustup with the president, the hip-hop impresario wants you to know that some things are more important than money.

Eminem must be fuming.

Even after whining that ”an [RADIO EDIT] turd would have been better as president” than Donald Trump, the Detroit rapper with the freestyle skills of a community college coffee house on open mike poetry night still can’t get the Tweeter in Chief to respond to his rants. Meanwhile, all Jay Z has to do is make an offhand remark about Trump’s alleged characterization of certain third world countries and it’s a beef bigger than Biggie vs. Tupac:

“It is disappointing and it’s hurtful. It really is hurtful, more than so … everyone feels anger but after the anger, it’s real hurtful,” Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, said during an interview that aired on CNN.

“Everyone feels anger, but after the anger, it’s really hurtful because it’s looking down at a whole population of people and it’s so misinformed because these places have beautiful people and beautiful everything. This is the leader of the free world speaking like this,” Jay-Z said.

Ouch! A polite—if somewhat strained—criticism devoid of profanity and insults? Maybe Eminem should have tried being nice. It worked pretty well for Jay Z, because it wasn’t long before the Donald was on Twitter responding to the challenge:

Jay Z, for his part, wasn’t that impressed. When asked about rising economic prospects for African-Americans under Trump, he implied that there were more important things:

“It’s not about money at the end of the day,” he said. “Money is not — money doesn’t equate to happiness. It doesn’t. That’s missing the whole point. You treat people like human beings, then — that’s the main point.”

Yep, the man who retails his own brand of champagne for nearly $800 a bottle is telling us that money can’t buy happiness—and given that he recently dropped $135 million on a mansion in Bel Air, Jay Z oughta know. Even so, I couldn’t help but remember a certain scene from the Mel Brooks movie Spaceballs, which is probably a lot more revealing of Jay Z’s business philosophy than his interview with CNN:

Also, given that Jay Z has been pretty forthcoming about his past as a crack dealer—which he speculates caused the deaths of hundreds, but was born of the desperation to survive when he says there was no other work—you would think that expanding gainful employment opportunities for blacks would be of paramount importance to him. For people on the receiving end of those opportunities right now, I’m sure that whatever Trump may have said to insult developing nations doesn’t matter nearly as much as a good, steady paycheck.

I’m not saying Jay Z is totally wrong here—just that maybe he’s not the best messenger on the subject.

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jamesbo
jamesbo

Both of these hucksters are total, self promoting/elevating hypocrites!! Only difference>>/ One is black, one is orangeish white!!!

MissMo
MissMo

From the sound of it Jay-Z must have gotten his talking points from Cory Booker...all the crying a hurtin’ going on what a bunch of sorry sacks.

IndyArcher
IndyArcher

This is disappointing coming from the Resurgent/Maven. At least give us a warning if you posting a video that does nothing other than scream an expletive. Those of us in office environments that aspire to something more than hollywood language standards would appreciate a heads-up. FWIW, maybe an article that praises JZ for a statement that's free of profanity would do well to not post a video that ISN'T.

georgiaheretic
georgiaheretic

In August of 2011 Maxine Waters gave a speech criticizing President Obama on the lack of jobs for African Americans. She was walking a fine line because her constituents didn't want her criticizing the President but as she put it, her people were hurting. Now all of a sudden it isn't about the money, lame.