In part two of Elliot Wilson‘s #FactsOnly interview with JAY Z (watch part one here), the mogul had some choice words regarding his controversy with iconic singer, songwriter, actor and social activist Harry Belafonte.
“Yeah I’m offended by that because first of all…this is going to sound arrogant…but my presence is charity, just because of who I am. Just like Obama’s[Barack] is. Obama provides hope. Whether he does anything the hope that he provides for a nation and outside of America is enough. You know what I’m saying? Just being who he is. You’re the first black president. If he speaks on any issue or anything, he should be left alone. No I’m not going to say anything bad about him. Of course we want to challenge him to do better but Belafonte went about the wrong way. The way he did it within the media and then he bigged-up Bruce Springsteen. It was like woo, you just sent the wrong message like all around…You just bigged-up the white guy against me in the white media. I’m not saying that in a racial way. I’m saying what it is the fact of what it was. – JAY Z “
The controversy which began when Belafonte told The Hollywood Reporter that Jay and his wife Beyonce turned their back on social responsibility. Hov would strike back through the “Nickels and Dimes” track from his twelfth studio album Magna Carta…Holy Grail, meeting with a back lash from the public and several outlets.
Watch Elliot Wilson’s interview with Jay Z below where he also speaks on Drake, reason for entering sports management and the Trayvon Martin verdict: