Rap mogul Jay-Z continues to receive heat over his Occupy All Streets t-shirts with a sculptor who has put together art showing him as a penny pincher.
Photos of sculptor Daniel Edwards’ depiction of Hov landed online this weekend.
American sculptor Daniel Edwards has just unveiled his latest work: a sculpting of Jay-Z depicted as a Scrooge McDuck type character. The unveiling comes just days after the popular New York rapper was panned by critics for trying to capitalize off the “Occupy Wall Street” grassroots movement by releasing a line of t-shirts that read: “Occupy All Streets.” The artwork shows Jay-Z wearing several chains with a large dollar sign on his chest. Above him are various fictional characters known for being cheapskates including Mr. Burns from The Simpsons, Disney’s Scrooge Mc Duck and Richie Rich. (RumorFix)
Edwards’ issues toward Jay stem from the rap star’s decision to support the Occupy Wall Street protests with a t-shirt line which does not financially benefit protestors.
“I think Jay Z has made himself a face of Wall Street that occupiers are protesting against,” Danny said from his behind his pottery wheel like the one in Ghost. “Maybe Jay Z is striving to be in the one percent. Which is why I chose the composition of a totem pole because I thought it would resemble the number one. Rap stars who turn Scrooge have to suffer some damage to their street credibility.” (3 AM Gossip Gone Toxic)
Jay’s Occupy All Streets shirt was stood by Jay’s decision to sell his message-driven 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)
Check out Russell Simmons speaking on Jay-Z’s shirts below: