Fred Hampton Jr. Slams Jay-Z Over "Murder to Excellence" Lyrics
Fred Hampton Jr., son of slain Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton, has a few choice words for Jay-Z. The political martyr's offspring has taken issue with Jay invoking his father's name on the Watch the Throne song "Murder to Excellence."
"I arrived on the day Fred Hampton died / Real n***as just multiply," he intones on the track, referencing his birth on December 4, 1969 — the same day Hampton was gunned down in his bedroom in a raid by Chicago police and the FBI.
At a screening of the new film The Black Power Mixtape: 1967–1975 at the University of Chicago, Hampton Jr. objected to Jay-Z's characterization of his father's death, which he took as a slight against history, according to the Ruby Hornet.
"Fred Hampton didn't die, he was assassinated," Hampton Jr. said. "Saying Fred Hampton died is like the school teacher telling students that Christopher Columbus discovered America."
Hampton Jr. then went on to refer to Jay-Z as "Slave-Z," reportedly inciting both scattered applause and shocked silence at the screening.
The rapper has yet to comment on the matter. Hampton Jr., 41, was born four weeks after his father's murder.
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