Freeway came for Rick Ross and now he is coming for Jay Z.
Freeway Ricky Ross Responds To Jay Z’s Comments On Barney’s
Jay Z is getting it from all sides over his partnership with Barney’s. Can the man live?
According to All Hip Hop:
Freeway Ricky Ross also goes on to share his thoughts on Jay’s public statement concerning the Barneys New York racial profiling incidents:
“I read the Jay Z comments on Barney’s asking why he’s being judged, you’re being judged because that’s what comes with basing your career off the D Boy game. The game is give and take with those around you. It’s not enough to comment about Barney’s profiling when you sell products to the people possibly targeted. People that look like people you grew up with, and that are in your family. We know the reality of this country in regard to race. You stand up for them immediately when it comes to something as sensitive as racial profiling.
You have to have context of American history that this profiling is happening and be honest, and demand the people you partner with to be of the type that treat your people fairly. This is the big problem of the high-end luxury these rappers talk about and have our children hooked on for status. They are not in our interest as a community, and often as seen in the profiling case they look down upon us as customers. As I said in my Hip Hop Can Heal piece on Huffington Post:
At my height I did not make hundreds of millions to belittle those around me, this is what elitism has driven rap into becoming. A tool to marginalize the have-nots as rappers say what they invented, how they will protect it and how your less than for not being in the same class. The goal cannot be to have large sums of money to marginalize your fans with diamonds they don’t have, clothes they can’t afford or cars they have not seen.”
Do you think Jay should sever ties with Barney’s?