Rap mogul Jay Z recently showed off his political wit during an appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” and spoke on what is really holding the United States back from progressing.
In Jigga’s opinion, the separation between rich and poor continues to grow apart.
“I don’t really wanna scare America, but the real problem is there’s no middle-class,” Jay explained on the show’s open panel. “So, the gap between the have and the have-not’s is getting wider and wider. Let me finish this point because I do want to scare them a little bit. It’s gonna be a problem that no amount of police can solve because once you have that sort of oppression and that gap is widening, it’s inevitable that something’s gonna happen, period.” (“Real Time with Bill Maher”)
Back in March 2012, a Florida politician referenced Jigga’s “99 Problems” during a House of Representatives gathering.
Holy sh*t, this video is so awkwardly hilarious that it’s probably the best random music-related clip of the day. While on the floor of the Florida House of Representatives, Rep. Alan B. Williams attempted to win over his cohorts by citing lyrics from Jay-Z’s “99 Problems.” But when he does so, he wrongly refers to Hov as the one stating “Aren’t you sharp a tack? Are you a lawyer or somethin’?”. Thankfully Rep. Dean Cannon is there to correct him and make this that much funnier/bizarre. (Prefix Mag)
In December 2011, Young Hov showed off his political wit during a CNN interview.
“I think me personally, I wouldn’t mind paying more taxes if it went to things that really mattered,” Jay said in an interview. “If it went to education and people in poverty, if it went to the right things, I wouldn’t mind. I think it should be clearly defined where all the money is being allocated. … [With Occupy Wall Street], I think it’s saying a lot all over the world that people can get their voice out there and fight for a better world. I support all sorts of movements. There are so many different fights that we must take on – education and health care and poverty. It’s good that young people are getting out and getting their voice heard, especially in this time of social media where that argument on the block or that thing that takes place in a small place — is being viewed globally. You’re really getting to recognize the power of your voice.” (CNN)
Known for having a relationship with United States President Barack Obama, Hov gave his assessment of the nation’s leader a couple years ago.
“I still think he is the best man for the job,” Jay said in an interview. “Yes, I think he got a raw deal and a bad economy. You wouldn’t be given anything you can’t handle so he must be really special, because he has a lot of work to do!” (E! Online)
Check out Jay Z’s interview: