News: Young Jeezy Co-Signs Jay-Z, Russell Simmons Pro-Protest Stand, "Everybody Should Take Their A** Down There"
Saturday, Nov 19, 2011 10:26AM
Rap mogul Russell Simmons can add another hip-hop star to his list of pro-Occupy Wall Street supporters as Atlanta's Young Jeezy now says he stands behind the publicized movement.
In Jeezy's eyes, there is strength in numbers and protest is a must to get voices heard.
"I would riot," Jeezy said, cosigning the 99% (as the protestors refer to themselves), "because we gotta get the money out of Washington. This is real. When you got middle class people taking a stance--because we always took a stance by the way, we always stood in the middle of our projects, our ghetto, and took our stance and our stance was hustling, robbing, what have you, to suvive. So now they don't have those same options, so they gotta go march...So if it's gonna take some protests--motherf*ckers have protested about less, unions and busses and sh*t--so now is the time. I think everybody should take their a** down there. That's what I say." (XXL Mag)
This week, Russell Simmons addressed Jay-Z's new line of "Occupy All Streets" t-shirts.
"What's wrong with selling goodness? There's nothing wrong with it. It's not the most preferred. In yogi scripture, at least, the highest form of giving is giving without expectation. Selfless. But a lot of people need incentive. You should sell things you're happy about. You should sell products that you're inspired by, that promote lasting and stable well-being. Give the world something or sell the world something that you're proud of. Jay-Z didn't make a T-shirt [that said] "F--- the Bums on the Street." He wrote a T-shirt "Occupy All Streets" - I'm happy, it furthers the movement, it inspires the movement. Listen, I'm going to get every corporation that wants to support us to get branding as part of the process. No one's against business. We're against business having too much control over our government." (Billboard Biz)
New York rapper Immortal Technique has also shared his input on the protests this week.
"[People] would almost surrender their freedom to more efficient government - similar to what Russia will have to deal with when they decide whether Putin is going to come back into power," Immortal Technique said. "There are a lot of people who will think: 'Oh, functionality over the visage of democracy' that exists there. So I think the entire world is really dealing with that now: will it be oligarchy, autocratic regime that's more functional because it's backed by corporations, or more of a democratic regime that could be hit-and-miss on certain things, may take a hit on jobs -- When [Obama] came in, he came in with the idea that he was going to reform things. And when that was not met, when the criteria that he set up himself for what the reform would entail was not completed - I don't think that created the Occupy Wall Street movement, but it definitely added fuel to the fire." (RT)
G-Unit's 50 Cent recently released a statement encouraging protestors to stay strong.
"I don't want to do business with these f*ckers anymore. Do you? if a company isn't giving back, stop buying from them. Buy a pair of shoes from TOMS (who give another pair to someone in need), look for companies that aren't paying lip service to community / charity we are more powerful than the big business and politiciansrealize......we have the power to stop buying their products, banking with them. your dollar, that you worked hard for, does have power. together we can say - WAKE UP A-HOLES! The game is over. 50 cent - want to shout out to Occupy Wall Street groups around the world. You are waking up the world, including me. Please keep up the peaceful protest, you are making a difference" (Facebook) [sic]
Check out Young Jeezy's interview below: