There’s a line in Jay-Z’s new 4:44 album that some people feel reeks of anti-Semitism, but some of his closest friends are now speaking out in the rapper’s defense.
In “The Story of O.J.,” he raps about Jewish people and money: “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.”
Some say that the verse perpetuates a stereotype about Jewish people being financially conservative and “having all the power.”
But Russell Simmons, who worked with Jay-Z on an anti-Semitism PSA, says that his friend’s lyrics should be a “guiding light to the black and specifically the hip-hop community.”
Israeli-American talent manager Guy Oseary also came to Jay-Z’s defense and said that the rapper was giving the Jewish community a compliment.
Will Jay-Z address the criticism he’s received? Or just point people to his 2006 PSA?