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Letter To Jay-Z (By: @TheKabirReport)

Dear Jay-Z,

I, like most people, see you as one of  the best rappers ever. Some of my favorite song are “Can I Live” and “Heart Of The City.” I think your verse on “The Watchers II” is underrated, American Gangster is my favorite post-retirement album of yours, and I think Nas can rap better than you, but that is neither here nor there. Since I have your attention Hov I feel like this is my best chance to share my issues with you.

Firstly, I will say that your story is a great one besides you selling drugs to your people and helping destroy the community, your rags to riches tale is one that people will hear for year to come. Right now you are one of the most celebrated rappers living or dead. Your influence over mainstream middle America, pop culture, and Hip-Hop is well deserved. My issues is that with all this influences over Hip-Hop you haven’t made any significant steps to correct the culture. You know as well as I do that Hip-Hop has slowly evolved into something counterproductive and destructive, and yet you’ve only made a few comments buried under Luxury Rap. Long before I was born Hip-Hop, no matter what sub genre, had a level of social commentary. Even the most hardcore gangster rap allowed the world to see the black man’s reaction to the racist structures of America. Now it all just seems pointless. Rap music perpetuates a lifestyle that many black people either can’t afford, or won’t live to benefit from…. but I don’t want to bore you with what you must already know. 

Your fans have put you on a pedestal as a leader of the community, and black people collectively. Many black people see one of your many victories as one of our victories,  and that would be a good thing if that were the case. With all your business ventures it hasn’t helped the rest of us. You’ve made it clear that you don’t want want black youth selling drugs, and that you sold crack so that we didn’t have too. The problem is that you can’t tell poor people to stop selling drugs if you have nothing else for them to do. Why can’t you employ the young people of Marcy Project in your 40/40 Clubs?

I think you’re in a position where you can take a stand and get the community to organize themselves. You boasted about how important and influential you are, and I think you should put that to the test. You should take a stand for those that look like you, and those that support you. Mr. Carter, I think you could spark greater movements than that of fashion, alcoholic preference, sports teams or music. I’m not asking you to run for president as that would actually lessen political moves you could potentially make. I don’t have all the answers, but I believe you are smarter than me. Its clear that you are aware of your significance. You’ve been a trendsetter for more then a decade. Are you not interested in creating change? You are in a position to do positive things for everyone… Why not take that chance?

 

-Kabir Lambo