The rapper Jay-Z went into an interesting and very public tirade about his struggles as a black man. During a recent concert performance, the artist did a freestyle, using the names of Freddie Gray and Trayvon Martin to express the grief he feels trying to build a business while enduring the grip of the white man’s oppression.
I feel like YouTube is the biggest culprit
Them n*ggas pay you a tenth of what you supposed to get
You know n*ggas die for equal pay right?
You know when I work I ain’t your slave right?
You know I ain’t shucking and jiving and high fiving
You know this ain’t back in the days right?
But I can’t tell, how the way they killed Freddie Gray right
Shot down Mike Brown how they did Tray right?
Let them continue choking n*ggas
We gonna turn style, I ain’t your token n*gga
You know I came in this game independent right?
Tidal, my own label, same difference
But this picture kinda puts Jay-Z on blast and makes you wonder if he’s as willing to support black people as he claims to be. This picture of his Tidal staff has been shared online by thousands who are wondering, “dude, what are you talking about? You don’t help out black people either!”
You can see Jay-Z and Beyonce in the picture, but do you see any other African Americans, anywwhere? If there are black people in the picture, they may be hiding, working in the kitchen, or perhaps taking the picture. But we can’t find any.
The fact that we have to work so hard to find the black people in the picture seems to say quite a bit about Jay-Z’s commitment to hiring and buying black. It also makes some wonder how he would blatantly proclaim himself to be a victim of horrific discrimination, while shutting out talented black people from his own organization. But hey, we love black people, so maybe that makes us the crazy ones.
Here are some close-ups below. Still, no black people in sight.
Some say that Jay-Z had no ability to make any staffing changes with his new company, since he only made the purchase a few months ago. But this doesn’t appear to be the case, according to a recent article in Rolling Stone Magazine:
Less than a month into Jay Z‘s Tidal reign, the rapper is already effecting major changes. The streaming service has parted ways with Andy Chen, the CEO of Tidal’s parent company Aspiro that Jay Z purchased for $56 million. Former Aspiro CEO Peter Tonstad will replace Chen on an interim basis. Business Insider reports that the Chen departure was the most notable of about 25 employee layoffs Tidal made Friday.
Aspiro hired Chen prior to Jay Z’s acquisition of the company, so it wasn’t unexpected that the rapper would prefer to put his stamp on Tidal by hiring his own executives. “Tonstad has a better understanding of the industry and a clear vision for how the company is looking to change the status quo,” a Tidal rep said in a statement. “He’s streamlining resources to ensure talent is maximized to enhance the customer experience. We’ve eliminated a handful of positions and refocused our company-wide talent to address departments that need support and cut redundancies.”
Tell us what you think.
In the video below, Dr Boyce Watkins and Yvette Carnell discuss Jay-Z’s racial quandary and why we allow black celebs to take from the black community without being expected to give back.
Source: Financial Juneteenth