Jay-Z Seems To Confront NFL Criticism In Jay Electronica’s New Album: “Why Would I Sell Out? I’m Already Rich”
It looks like Jay-Z waited for his verse on Jay Electronica’s album to share what he really thinks about all of the criticism he’s received. He was featured on Jay Electronica’s “Flux Capacitor”, from the highly-anticipated project A Written Testimony.
In that song, Jay-Z raps,
“Why would I sell out? I’m already rich, don’t make no sense
Got more money than Goodell, a whole NFL bench
Did it one-handed like Odell, handcuffed to a jail
I would’ve stayed on the sideline if they could’ve tackled that s*** themselves”
Jay-Z first announced his partnership with the NFL in September. Back then, he addressed criticism that he shouldn’t have partnered with the league because it allegedly blackballed Colin Kaepernick amid his protests against police brutality during games.
Colin Kaepernick began kneeling to protest in 2016. The former 49ers quarterback has yet to sign with another team. But Jay-Z said that he believes we were “past kneeling.”
He also spoke on the criticism during an interview with The New York Times this year.
“As long as real people are being hurt and marginalized and losing family members, then yes, I can take a couple rounds of negative press.”
“No one is saying he hasn’t been done wrong. He was done wrong. I would understand if it was three months ago. But it was three years ago and someone needs to say, ‘What do we do now — because people are still dying?’”
“Focusing on social justice is the nature of how we grew up,. The people we sign — 75 percent of them, at least — grew up in poverty. When one of us gets signed, it doesn’t end our connection to the ’hood or the streets. Our lives are still there, our cousin still needs a lawyer, our mother still can’t make the rent. This is real life.”
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