JAY-Z Responds To Backlash About Writing Anti-Semitic Lyrics On ‘4:44’
JAY-Z has responded to those who’ve accused him of being anti-Semitic on his song ‘The Story of O.J.’ off the 4:44 album.
“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 how they did it,” spit Jay in the cut.
Afterwards, the Anti-Defamation League called out the lyric.
“The ideas that Jews ‘own all the property’ in this country and have used credit to financially get ahead are odious and false,” they said in a statement. “We are concerned that this lyric could feed into preconceived notions about Jews and alleged Jewish control of the banks and finance.”
While speaking to Rap Radar, Jay denied being anti-Semitic in the song and said that he brushed the criticism right off his shoulder.
“It’s hard for me to take that serious, because I’ve exaggerated every black image in the world,” he explained. “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.’ 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 … Of course, I know Jewish people don’t own all the property in America. I mean, I own things … It was an exaggeration.”
Jay then used a basketball analogy to make his point.
“I pretty much said, ‘If you want to be good at property and things like that, follow this pattern.’ 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, ‘What you trying to say all black people play basketball?’ Come on. You know I didn’t say that. Context is everything.”
What do you think about Jay’s response to the criticism? And do you think he was being anti-Semitic in the first place?