At an event to promote his new song with DJ Khaled, the rapper spoke out.
Jay-Z has responded to people who have said bad things about his business deals over the years.
This week, the rapper spoke out at a Twitter Spaces event to promote his new song “God Did,” which he made with DJ Khaled.
When asked about his history of helping other black artists make more money, like Rihanna and Kanye West, Jay-Z said, “Yeah, we’re not going to stop. “You know, hip hop is young, we’re still growing, and we’re not falling for that tricknology or whatever this public puts out there.”
“Before the American dream was, ‘Pull yourself up by your bootstraps, and you can make it. You can make it in America.’ All these lies are what America told us our whole lives,” he said.
“When we started to come in, they tried to lock us out. They start making up words like “capitalist” and other words like that. We’ve been called “n****rs,” “monkeys,” and even “shit.” I don’t care what words you guys make up. You guys need to say something stronger.”
Jay-Z added, in defense of himself and the music business, “We went our own way, we made this music, we did our thing. “You know, we hustled and fucked ourselves up to get here, and now it’s like, “Eat the rich.” Man, we’re not stopping.”
This year, Rihanna, Jay-Z, and Kanye West joined the world’s top earners on Forbes’ list of billionaires for the first time.
DJ Khaled’s 13th studio album, “God Did,” also had contributions 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 appearance from Juice Wrld (on a track called “Juice Wrld Did”), and more.