JAY-Z sat down with CNN to talk about various subjects, one of which was his relationship with Beyoncé and the very-public marital struggles they had been going through. Another was the rate of African-American employment in the United States and Donald Trump’s role in decreasing unemployment.
When asked about whether it was okay for the president to “say terrible things but put money in our pocket,” JAY replied no. "It’s not about the money at the end of the day. Money doesn’t equate to happiness. It doesn’t. That’s missing the point,” he said.
The rapper went on to say: “You treat people like human beings. That's the main point. It goes back to the whole thing — 'treat me really bad and pay me well.' It's not going to lead to happiness, it's going to lead to, again, the same thing. Everyone's going to be sick.”
In a tweet, which you can view below, the President took shots at JAY-Z for his comments.
According to CNN, the latest unemployment rate for African-Americans is 6.8 percent, while the rate for white people is 3.7 percent. Both the African-American and the overall rate have been steadily decreasing since 2010, however, Donald Trump continues to take credit for a trend that long outdates his presidency.
Adding fuel to the fire, fellow artist Kendrick Lamar unofficially nominated his idol for president during one of his acceptance speeches saying, “Jay for president!”
While the nomination was clearly tongue in cheek and JAY-Z hasn’t given any indication of wanting to run for president at all – unlike his Watch The Throne partner Kanye West – fans of the rapper are surely salivating at the thought of HOV dropping diss tracks as President of the United States.
For the full story, check out CNN’s article here and watch the full interview below.
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