Media mogul Russell Simmons defended Jay Z against allegations of anti-semitism in wake of recent lyrics.
Lyrics from JAY Z’s most recent album, 4:44, have brought on some backlash from many. In particular, lyrics from his song “The Story Of O.J.”, are in question. Russell Simmons is hearing none of that and came to defense of his fellow mogul.
“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.”
Hov’s 4:44 has sparked controversy from all angles since it dropped June 30, and the above lyrics from “The Story Of O.J.” have been referred to by many listeners, commenting on social media, as anti-semitic.
One of JAY’s staunchest defenders is his friend and fellow mogul Russell Simmons. Simmons posted his thoughts on Facebook and Twitter, calling JAY Z’s critics “mischief makers,” stating, “Jay Z was celebrating that bond that was built when no other community gave and continues to give us as much support in our fight for liberation in this very white country.”
Simmons ended his statement by writing: “To all those focusing on negativity go buy the album, it’s focused on positivity.”
Simmons actually worked with JAY on an anti-semitism PSA in 2006, in which they refer to anti-semitism and racism as “the same thing.”