Despite the hype behind Jay-Z getting behind the current Occupy Wall Street protest courtesy of a new line of “Occupy All Streets” t-shirts, new reports claim the monetary benefits will not fuel the movement.
Although the hype continues to build, Jay’s new retail shirts will not benefit protestors.
Rocawear isn’t going to share its wealth. A Rocawear spokesperson sent us a statement confirming there’s no plan to distribute any of the profits, which will surely pour in from shirt sales, to Occupy Wall Street: The ‘Occupy All Streets’ T shirt was created in support of the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement. Rocawear strongly encourages all forms of constructive expression, whether it be artistic, political or social. ‘Occupy All Streets’ is our way of reminding people that there is change to be made everywhere, not just on Wall Street. At this time we have not made an official commitment to monetarily support the movement. (Business Insider)
The shirts are reportedly being sold for just over twenty dollars.
The “99 percent” have got money problems — but Jay-Z’s got none. The millionaire rap mogul is set to make a mint by hawking T-shirts based on the Occupy Wall Street anti-capitalist movement. The shirts bear the words “Occupy Wall Street,” with red graffiti spray altering the slogan to read “Occupy All Streets.” They went on sale yesterday for $22 on Jay-Z’s Rocawear Web site. The music star — comfortably among the richest “1 percent” of Americans that is the focus of the protesters’ rage — has not committed to giving any of his T-shirt proceeds to the drum-beating beatniks occupying Zuccotti Park. (New York Post)
Earlier this week, Young Hov was spotted rocking the shirt at his Madison Square Garden, New York City concert.
Jay-Z isn’t trying to Occupy Wall Street, he’s trying to Occupy All Streets. While backstage at his Watch The Throne concert, Jay rocked an “Occupy All Streets” t-shirt, as he snapped a few pictures with his good friend Russell Simmons. Jay-Z and Kanye West told us that somebody watch the throne, and the critics should have listened. DETAILS: Jay-Z & Kanye West “Watch The Throne” Tour Dates While backstage at their Watch The Throne concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Jay-Z and Kanye were presented with platinum plaques for selling over a million records for Watch The Throne. (Global Grind)
After showing support for the Occupy Wall Street NYC movement last month, where protestors are publicly opposing corporate power, rap mogul Russell Simmons hinted at a massive rap protest next year.
“In a minute, we’ll pick a date and we’re going to bring all the rappers and the community,” Simmons exclusively told XXL. “I think I’m going to have to do it. [The protestors] are going to be here all winter. We’ll pick a date that we can go up there with 100,000 people or so and do what we have to do. I think it has to be spring. I think that’s a realistic time.” This comes after Simmons told XXL last week that he’d be willing to go to prison over this, as he believes in the movement that much. Protesters have been clogging Zuccotti Plaza for over a month now, trying to take and balance out power from the powers that be in Washington and have the wealthy 1% give them back to majority 99%. (XXL Mag)
Check out some recent Jay-Z footage below: