Most of our favorite artists are terrible human beings and we let them cook anyway. In life, perception is rarely reality, especially in the case of Hov who’s more deeply-flawed (and human) than he seems. Whether you agree or not, these ugly realities will make you think about the power of celebrity image.
Here are seven ugly realities about Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. Take a look.
Hovvie Hov & creepy masked sicko R. Kelly are eerily similar
“First time I laid eyes on her (Beyonce) she was 16, I had a thought in my head, she will be mine“ – Hov. Hmm, then Foxy reveals that he took her virginity when she was 15 years after his rumored tryst with a much younger Aaliyah (who R. Kelly secretly married). The dots basically connect themselves.
According to Hov, he has White House clearance, brought the Nets to Brooklyn despite his 0.0353061% ownership (that he recently sold), lost 92 bricks without losing fingers and is considered “handsome” by women with two fully-functional eyes.
He’s a completely unoriginal artist
Most Hov stans will never admit that their father figure and hero—legendary MC Jay-Z—borrowed most of his style from other more talented rappers (Big, Kane, Jaz-O and Big L), molded them into his own and flourished.
He’s a brilliant businessman for Jay-Z. Terrible businessman when others are involved.
How many artists from the Roc were actually successful? Memphis Bleek? Chris or Liddo Neefie? Other than Rihanna and Ne-Yo, what other artists developed into stars under his Def Jam reign? Chrisette Michele? Teriyaki Boyz? He’s worth almost a Billi but faces lawsuits from 40/40 employees for unpaid wages on the regular?
Seriously, does he even remember signing J. Cole to Roc Nation? Bridget Kelly? Alexis Jordan? Who? Let’s be real, he’s not THAT different from Diddy who only profited from artists without ever developing them.
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He created Kanye the fame monster
Yeezy lives to impress big brother Hov who laughed at his Rapper dreams and consistently sonned him. Without Dame Dash’s passionate plea, Hov would’ve never signed Kanye, the rapper. That pain in Yeezy’s voice on “Big Brother?” Too real.
He doesn’t use his influence to effect social change
Bey Bey & Hov are worth billions, combined, but rarely delve into philanthropy like the Brangelinas, Bruce Springteens and George Clooneys who dedicate much of their time to social causes. Filthy rich but no community rebuilding projects in Brooklyn or Houston? Interesting.
“I think one of the great abuses of this modern time is that we should have had such high-profile artists, powerful celebrities. But they have turned their back on social responsibility,” he accused. “That goes for Jay-Z and Beyoncé, for example” – Harry Belafonte, legendary actor/Civil Rights activist.
Shawn Carter is a hypocrite
For years, video footage of Hov hitting an unidentified woman during the Hard Knock Life tour floated around the internet with no official explanation of what happened. But he boycotts (and threatens) Chris Brown for assaulting Rihanna?
His entire career is built on slick dope dealer tales but now he’s pro-Government/Obama’s BFF? Cmon Hov.