Posted in hiphop | music on September 11, 2012

Jay-Z 'Made in America' (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Occupy Guitarmy posted the following to their site:

The Occupy Guitarmy, a subset of the OWS Music Working group, offers a response to Jay-Z, who today said in the NY Times said in the Daily News that OWS’s actions are “un-American.”

"I think all those things need to really declare themselves a bit more clearly because when you just say that 'the 1 percent is that,' that's not true," he said.

"Yeah, the 1 percent that's robbing people, and deceiving people, these fixed mortgages and all these things, and then taking their home away from them, that's criminal, that's bad.

"Not being an entrepreneur. This is free enterprise. This is what America is built on."

Jay-Z “supported” Occupy earlier in its first, highly media-friendly moments through his entrepreneurial selling of “Occupy All Streets” t-shirts, although he refused to donate any of the profits of his sales to support the activists and received wide-spread negative publicity for his crass appropriation of the movement’s language.

Now Jay is rolling with even more powerful and popular friends, namely the LIBOR-scandal leading bankers at Barclays, who put their name on the controversial Brooklyn arena where Jay’s basketball team will play and where he will play eight nights to inaugurate the venue.

Jay asked in the article: “"I don't know what the fight is about. What do we want? Do you know?"

We have spent one year on the streets organizing for exactly the things Jay rapped about in his early days, ending urban poverty, ending Stop & Frisk and police use of lethal force, of returning dignity and hope to the everyday people of New York City. These are simple civil rights issues we know Jay-Z must support, and we would love to help open his heart and mind to the work Occupy has helped do in his own former communities.

On SEPTEMBER 28th we will arrive at his sold-out Barclays concert to lovingly show Jay-Z what we want and how he can help: by encouraging his fans to take action for social justice in their communities, schools, workplaces, and homes.

Join us September 28 at Barclays at 6pm for an Occupy Wall Street teach-in and musical performance. Let’s be a sincere answer to Jay’s question. In turn we will ask on of him, one Florence Reece wrote in the 1930s and still matters now, “Which Side Are You On?”

If your community organization / musical group / education group would like to join us, please email music at nycga dot net.

UPDATE: Here’s a tweet response from OWS supporter Russell Simmons

J. @occupywallstreet is not a blanket indictment of the rich its an indictment of a system that let’s the rich bribe R government, luv u

The September 28th Brooklyn show is Jay-Z's first of eight at the new arena which also just announced shows by Green Day, Rihanna, Bob Dylan, and more.

We last heard about Guitarmy on May Day when Tom Morello, Dan Deacon, and others hooked up with them for a NYC march.

On a related note, Tom Morello and Eddie Vedder recently joined Bruce Springsteen on stage in Chicago. Eddie Vedder also recently played with Jay-Z.

UPDATE: Russell Simmons also has way more to say about this.

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Comments (27)

Is anyone surprised? Jay-Z used to be a drug dealer, he has no morals. When is it his turn to get shot?

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 2:09 PM

I would also have no sympathy for protestors whining about this kind of stuff if I were a self-made millionaire born in the projects. No one ever helped out Jay-Z, and he's doing just fine.

someone make a t-shirt that says 'DON'T TAKE OUT A HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAR STUDENT LOAN UNLESS YOU ARE MAJORING IN MAKING MONEY' >> i'm sorry that you all made the awesomely genius life choice of investing a hundred grand in a comparative lit or philosophy degree, but some of us live in the real world.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 2:13 PM

it's comforting to know that the occupy retards are focusing their efforts on such an important cause, and not wasting time with anything political or truly socially relevant, since you know, the next presidential election is in NOVEMBER. they are such a fucking joke.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 2:17 PM

They have no common goal. Their only commonality is their method of expression - ambiguous/incoherent complaints screamed to the sky, addressed to no one in particular.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 2:17 PM

can the occupy music group please do something about T5? that place really sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 2:19 PM

TOM WAITS @ BARCLAYS CENTER - FEB. 4th!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 2:21 PM

We last heard about them on Mayday. For a fuckin concert. Beyond irrelevant at this point.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 2:23 PM

Jay-Z loves cops now. why doesn't he join the NYPD?

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 2:25 PM

Fuck Jay-Z.

He looks and acts like a fucking cop.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 2:30 PM

Once again proving that:

Nas > Jay z

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 2:32 PM

jay z is a perfect example of someone who can have a lot of money, but still have NOTHING.

he is truly embarrassing. how ignorant.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 2:53 PM

I love how BV consistently lets blatantly racist comments stay up. Good work.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 3:05 PM

No comment

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 3:24 PM

Never liked Jay-Z, never will. Dumb.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 3:27 PM

Jay Z spends all his money on luxury items but needs to learn that he is a useless human being to the betterment of the human race.
Zero Respect for Jay-Z. What does Lee Scratch Perry have to say about his brain and way of thinking?

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 3:31 PM

"I love how BV consistently lets blatantly racist comments stay up. Good work. "

not true, not on purpose anyway. comment removed.

Posted by brooklynvegan | September 11, 2012 3:48 PM

With all do respect, as long as the racist comment doesn't make any direct threats, that really does fully form within freedom of speech. Obviously Brooklyn Vegan is a privately own website and thus can do whatever he wants, the fact remains that there's nothing wrong with writing you don't like a particular race. As long as it's not a direct threat.

That being said, I love all colors. I like Jay-Z too. I just don't like Russell Simmons.

Also, regarding the way Jay-Z spends his money - it's true.

The issue you see with a lot of athletes and rap stars (probably some indie bands too, but largely the african-american upper middle to upper class) is the purchasing of luxury items that have depreciating value, i.e. cars, sneakers, clothing.

Purchasing gold, real estate, businesses (well...some businesses) is probably a much smarter way to spend money.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 4:01 PM

Like 50 Cent did with Vitamin Water.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 4:16 PM

Yes, the most vile of statements are protected by free speech, everyone understands that. However, this website is a private entity.

The owner of the blog can choose to censor or ban the posts which do nothing but spew hate speech. At the same time, if they choose not to, I don't see it as completely off base to assume that it's accepted, if not entirely approved.

BV: It's your site, so obviously do with it what you like. But if you have an issue with this sort of thing, would it not be easy to simply change the comments system so that racist pieces of garbage can't simply anonymously flood the entire website with hate filled rhetoric? Can you not ban these people by I.P. or even stop allowing the anonymous comments? With anonymity removed I highly, HIGHLY doubt this would even be an issue.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 4:19 PM

Occupy wall street is the only good thing going right now.
Obama or Romney, it doesn't matter. They both do nothing but cater to big banks and their lobbyists pals.
Y'all people that think voting makes a difference are stupid. They are equally useless leaders.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 4:25 PM

2:13 should win a medal for best commenter we've had in a long time

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 4:39 PM

as regards the "Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 4:01 PM" comment: this is even worse than obvious racism as your comment reproduces racist stereotypes employing a somewhat amateur-sociological argument. reconsider what you are doing when linking social class to racial cultural taste!

Posted by German in NY | September 11, 2012 4:55 PM

"With all do respect, as long as the racist comment doesn't make any direct threats, that really does fully form within freedom of speech. Obviously Brooklyn Vegan is a privately own website and thus can do whatever he wants, the fact remains that there's nothing wrong with writing you don't like a particular race. As long as it's not a direct threat."

please tell me you don't seriously believe this.

and lay off bv, he does a great job at removing the racist stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 5:26 PM

4:01 - Uhm dude...I think partly owning a fucking sports arena is pretty solid non-depreciative investing. You're the worst kind of racist...the closet, liberal kind.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 8:19 PM

How exactly does he do a "great job at removing the racial stuff" when this is literally the FIRST time any of the comments have been removed. For christ's sake, look back at the chief keef thread.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 8:37 PM

jayz was, is, and always will be, nothing more than an uncle tom

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 8:51 PM

When you're in the master's house long enough, you start thinking like the master.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 9:35 PM

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