Jay-Z criticized for using Jewish stereotype in new song ‘The Story of OJ’

American rapper Jay-Z is coming under fire for using various stereotypes about racial and religious groups in his new song titled “The Story of OJ.” In one part, he raps about Jews possessing most of the world’s wealth.
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American rapper Jay-Z released his latest album on Friday. Many fans were surprised by some of the 47-year-old rapper’s new songs, especially the one titled “4:44,” which is rumored to be about the various times he cheated on his wife, pop superstar Beyoncé.

However, Jay-Z has also come under fire due to a song titled “The Story of OJ” as it includes various stereotypes about different groups of people. In one part of the song, Jay-Z raps about Jews possessing most of the world’s wealth: “You wanna know what’s more important than throwin’ money away at a strip club? Credit. You ever wonder why Jewish people own all the property in America? This is how they did it.”

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While some have called Jay-Z’s words anti-Semitic, others are defending the artist. “If you read the lyrics out of context I can understand why people are jumping to that conclusion,” music manager Guy Oseary, who is Jewish, wrote in on Instagram. “But if you listen to the song in its entirety you will hear that the whole of the song is based on exaggerated stereotypes to make a point.” Oseary added that Jay-Z is “attempting to use the [J]ewish people in an exaggerated way to showcase a community of people that are thought to have made wise business decisions.”

 

I've received a few messages from friends wondering why Jay-Z is putting out anti-semitic lyrics in his new song "The Story Of O.J." ... If you read the lyrics out of context I can understand why people are jumping to that conclusion.. But if you listen to the song in its entirety you will hear that the whole of the song is based on exaggerated stereotypes to make a point.. There are African American stereotypes throughout the song.. The music video directed by @markromanek and Jay is entirely full of exaggerated stereotype imagery of African Americans.. Jewish people do NOT "own all the property in America". Jay knows this.. But hes attempting to use the jewish people in an exaggerated way to showcase a community of people that are thought to have made wise business decisions.. As an example of what is possible and achievable.. Yes, the "rich jew" the "business jew" the "jew that owns the world" is a stereotype which has been repeatedly used with the wrong sentiment.. meant only to harm the Jewish people. Perpetuating the absurdity that jews are taking over the world.. Fact: There are 7.5 billion people in the world.. Only 14 million of them are jews.. Thats 0.2 percent of the worlds population.. In my opinion, Jay is giving the jewish community a compliment.. " Financial freedom" he mentions as being his ONLY hope.. If you had to pick a community as an example of making wise financial decisions achieving financial freedom who would you choose?.. Im not offended by these lyrics.. I hear them the way he inteded them to be heard.. Giving "credit" to a community that supposedly understands what it means to have "credit".. I'm good with that.. 🙌🏽✡️

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