Jay-Z Dismisses "Capitalist" Criticisms: "We're Not Gonna Stop"

Jay-Z Dismisses "Capitalist" Criticisms: "We're Not Gonna Stop"

Published Mon, September 5, 2022 at 12:00 PM EDT

Jay-Z spoke to Rob Markman during a recent Twitter Spaces about his verse on DJ Khaled's "God Did," but he also addressed some of his detractors. The rap mogul broke down what he feels is racist criticism of his stature.

Jay has long been criticized for his lyrics about opulence and wealth.

“We’re not gonna stop,” Jay said. “Hip-Hop is young. We’re still growing. We not falling for that trick-nology, whatever the public puts out there now. Before it was the American Dream: ‘Pull yourself up by your bootstraps. You can make it in America."

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“All these lies that America told us our whole life and then when we start getting it, they try to lock us out of it. They start inventing words like ‘capitalist’ and things like that. We’ve been called n-gger and monkeys and shit. I don’t care what words y’all come up with. Y’all gotta come with stronger words. We’re not gonna stop.”

“We’re not gonna be tricked out of our position. Y’all locked us out. Y’all created a system that, you know, doesn’t include us. We said fine. We went our alternate route. We created this music.”

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