Jay-Z Discusses Blue Ivy, Obama And Odd Future
Last weekend Jay-Z hosted the memorable Made In America festival in Philadelphia. Now in a recent interview with the New York Times, Hov gave his reasons for why he enlisted Odd Future for his hand-selected concert line-up…
Jay Z praised the group, describing them as an anti-authoritarian extension of the youth culture. The rapper went on to say that OF were a symbol of resistance to the evils of corporate America, a stance that not a lot of artists take.
"Odd Future has an aversion to corporate America,” he explained. “People have a real aversion to what people in power did to the country. So they’re just lashing out, like, ‘this is the son that you made. Look at your son. Look at what you’ve done.’”
Mr Carter also gave his take on President Obama's first term in office, stating that the president has given kids a different kind of positive role model to look up to, one that Hov himself lacked in his childhood. The 42-year-old went on to state that his childhood wouldn't compare to his newly welcomed daughter, Blue Ivy's.
“I’ve said the election of Obama has made the hustler less relevant," he said. "People took it in a way that I was almost dismissing what I am. And I was like ‘no, it’s a good thing! No one came to our neighborhoods with stand-up jobs and showed us there’s a different way. Maybe if had I seen different role models, maybe I’d have turned on to that.”
He continued, "I actually thought about that with Blue Ivy's birth, more before she was born... My brother and I would fight each other. My brother would beat me up. I was going to have to fight, I was going to have to go through some things and they were preparing me. She doesn’t have to be tough. She has to love herself…”
Words: Kristian Galea (@KrisSoAppalled)