Russell Simmons Weighs In On Jay-Z's Allegedly Anti-Semitic Lyrics

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: Russell Simmons attends the 2016 amfAR GenerationCure Holiday Party at Cadillac House on December 7, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)

Russell Simmons Weighs In On Jay-Z's Allegedly Anti-Semitic Lyrics

Some from the Jewish community took issue with bars on '4:44'

Published July 4, 2017

Jay-Z's newest album 4:44 has enjoyed immense critical success since its release last week, from both journalists and fans alike. One verse in the track 'The Story of O.J.' turned heads, however, when Jay mentioned a particular Jewish stereotype that had some claiming anti-Semitism. 

Fellow Hip Hop icon and businessman Russell Simmons has now come forward to defend Jay, claiming that the rapper was simply trying to prove a point.

In the track, Jay rapped, “You wanna know what's more important than throwin' away money at a strip club? Credit/You ever wonder why Jewish people own all the property in America? This how they did it.”

While it angered many, Simmons took to Twitter to try and clarify Jay's lyrics.

In fact both Jay and Simmons joined forces back in 2006 to address anti-Semitism in a heartfelt PSA. 

"What's not cool is anti-Semitism. It's a long word for racism. Anti-Semitism and racism are the same thing," Simmons explains. "Don't be silent, remember: We are one, one voice," Jay Z said.

While it's unclear whether or not Simmons will help convince those who were offended, it seems clear that Jay doesn't hold the anti-Semitic beliefs some think the track represents.

See how Jay announced the release of 4:44 with BET Breaks, above.

Written by Evelyn Diaz

(Photo: Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)


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