Jay-Z hits back at criticism of his wealth: “We f*cking killed ourselves to get to this space”
Jay-Z responded to people who had criticized his economic endeavors in the past.
The rapper made a statement while promoting his current DJ Khaled duet, “God Did,” during a Twitter Spaces event earlier this week.
Jay-Z reacted when asked about his history of enhancing financial prospects for other black musicians, such as Rihanna and Kanye West.
“Yeah, we’re not gonna stop. You know, hip hop is young, we still growing, and we’re not falling for that tricknology whatever, you know, this public puts out there.”
“Before was the American dream, ‘Pull yourself by the bootstraps, and you can make yourself…you can make it in America,’ all these lies that America told us our whole life,” he added
“And then when we start getting in, they tried to lock us out of it. They start inventing words like you know, ‘capitalist,’ you know, things like that. I mean, you know, we’ve been called ‘n****r’ and ‘monkeys’ and shit. I don’t care; those words y’all come up with. Y’all gotta come up with stronger words.”.
In defending himself, The Rapper (Jay-Z added)
“We went our alternative route, we made this music, we did our thing. You know, we hustled, we fucking killed ourselves to get to this space and now it’s like, ‘eat the rich.’ man, we’re not stopping.”
Rihanna, Jay-Z, and Kanye West all made their debuts on Forbes’ billionaires list earlier this year, ranking alongside the top earners in the world.
Jay-Z was one of many artists who contributed to DJ Khaled’s 13th studio album “God Did,” which also included work from Drake, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Future, Migos’ Quavo and Takeoff, SZA, Travis Scott, Gunna, 21 Savage, Kodak Black, Lil Baby, Jadakiss, a posthumous Juice Wrld appearance (on a track titled “Juice Wrld Did