If any of you have been following Jay-z the last couple of months you might be thinking wow Jay-z finally cares about his community:
1. He started a streaming company called Tidal; which aims to battle with other music streaming companies like Pandora and Spotify. His goal is to offer high quality music, and to pay the music artists more revenue than the two other music streaming giants.
2. He and Beyonce allegedly bailed out Baltimore protestors who were arrested after the so called "riots" stemming from the death of Freddie Gray.
3. At the launch of his streaming service Tidal, Jay-z dropped a freestyle where he mentions Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, and Freddie Gray. Take a listen for yourself.
Now you're probably thinking to yourself "bravo Jay-z, bravo". But don't be fooled, let me break something down for you about Jay-z and why he's banned from the barbershop.
1. Jay-z has never taken a stance on any social or political issues, except for maybe campaigning for his buddy President Barrack Obama.
Kanye west, as crazy and immature as he is, during a T.V. fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina victims in 2005, went off script and said "George Bush doesn't care about black people." Where was Jay-z? Silent of course. No wait, he did profit off of Katrina victims by making a song about them on his album. If it doesn't make him money, he doesn't care.
During the civil rights movement top music artists, movie stars, and athletes in the black community were very outspoken and protested racism, and the U.S. Government's inhumane treatment of African-Americans.
The Top athletes and entertainers felt it was their responsibility and obligation to try to affect change in the black community. Despite what endorsements or contracts they would lose. You think Jay-z is willing to sacrifice anything to help black people besides a few dollars that he would have had to pay in taxes anyway? Yeah, I didn't think so either.
2. Out of Hundreds of songs Jay-z only has around 3 songs that could be seen as positive.
Just think of the influence that Jay-z has had on black culture. What he does, people emulate. Other rappers and entertainers strive to be like him. Why doesn't he create positive music? Because he thinks that positive music doesn't sell, and he is also in place to further a certain agenda. (I won't go into detail of what that agenda is but its not some unsubstantiated "Illuminati" stuff I'm talking about. If artists like J-Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and Lupe Fiasco can profit off of positive music, so can the Jigga Man.
Think of the affect that Bob Marley had on the world, what about Lauryn Hill, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson to name a few. They have all used their influence to bring about change in society. When the music was positive so was the progression of the people. If we don't stop buying the crazy, negative music, then they won't stop making it. We have to raise our consciousness and exercise cooperative economics to empower those that are going to in turn help the community.
3. By mentioning the names of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, and Freddie Gray, Jay-z is profiting from their deaths.
He's just using their names to go Viral, and for shock value. He's never once mentioned them before to that extent. But now that his Tidal company isn't doing so well, he's suddenly Huey P Newton? Get the hell out of here Jay-z!!! You only care when it is to your own benefit.
As a barbershop owner, it is my responsibility and duty to be aware of the music I'm playing in the shop and the impact that it has on the minds of the people who listen to it. I carry the weight of being a positive role model, not only for the youth that look up to me, but also my peers who often turn to me for support. And for those reasons; Jay-z in no longer welcomed in the shop. He is banned until further notice.
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