Jay-Z Says There Shouldn't Be A "We Are The World" Remake

Jay-Z Says There Shouldn't Be A "We Are The World" Remake

Published February 15, 2010

According to Jay-Z, some things are better left untouched. Late Friday evening  (Feb. 12), “We Are The World 25 For Haiti” made its debut before the start of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Though the remake is for a good cause, the Brooklyn MC thinks the classic should’ve been left alone.

“I know everybody is gonna take this wrong: 'We Are the World,' I love it, and I understand the point and think it's great,” Jay told MTV.com. “But I think 'We Are the World' is like [Michael Jackson's] 'Thriller' to me. I don't ever wanna see it touched.”

Hov, who was rumored to be featured on the track, thinks a new song should have been penned for Haiti. "I would have loved that idea better," revealed Mr. Carter. "As everyone knows, I have tremendous respect for Quincy Jones. Of course, I think he's genius, as everyone else does. [But] I think it's time for us to make a new [song]."

Jay followed his own advice weeks ago when he recorded “Stranded” featuring Bono and the Edge of U2 and Rihanna. The proceeds from “Stranded” went to organizations supporting Haiti relief efforts.

“I tried to do that with 'Stranded,'" he explained. "I didn't try to make 'We Are the World,' but I tried to make our take on how we felt."

Written by Nile Ivey, BET.com staff


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