Dec. 13, 2016
Breaking News: Jay-z publicly blasts Phil Jackson over Posse comments at Sports Illustrated awards show.
"The son who honors and worships his mother, Gloria. The friend who put his posse in position. We know where we come from. We do understand where we come from. The only difference between us and someone who has their MBA from Wharton or Sloan or Berkeley or Stanford is opportunity. LeBron James has provided his friends with that opportunity, and we've witnessed their development. And if we're to look up at the scoreboard, very few businessmen are better than Maverick Carter, Rich Paul, Randy Mims and all the rest of the posse behind the scenes that make it look like they're just hanging out."
Jay-Z while introducing Lebron James as the recipient of the Sports Illustrated man of the Year Award.
Of all people, Jay-Z decided to chime in on the Phil Jackson/Lebron James feud at such a public event as the Sports Illustrated Man of Year presentation. The man who man who made a career of glorifying street life and the dysfunctional African American/Hip-Hop culture that has led to the mental and social death of a generation of young black men. Full disclosure, I grew up loving Jay-Z. I know all of his lyrics but I have to set my admiration from him aside. From Dehaven to Jaz-O to Beanie Siegel, Jay-Z has left a trail of damaged friendships, shady business deals and broken promises with members of his "Posse". You'd be hard pressed to find one black man who has dealt with Jay-Z the rapper, the music mogul who has a good thing to say about him now that staunch defender Kanye West has recently aired out his former boss. So we have a guy who made millions rapping about selling drugs, shooting rivals, screwing b!tches and popping bottles putting the spotlight on Phil Jackson for micro-aggressions against African Americans. Really??
Let's talk about what else Jay-Z has done to the black community. He's fed into the notion that as a black man you are a lame unless you bust your gun or sell crack. Jay-Z said "The only difference between us and someone who has their MBA from Wharton or Sloan or Berkeley or Stanford is opportunity." Really Jay-Z? You had me and all my peers ear for two decades and never mention Wharton or Sloan. Never. You told me "It's hard not to kill N@ggas. It's like a full time job not to kill N@ggas." Jay-Z preached to me about Bricks and Kilos not Sloan and Wharton. Now, at this fancy gala in front of all these elites he wants to place the universal perception of young black men at the feet of Phil Jackson. For all my old heads, imagine if ten years from now Chief Keef or Meek Mill publicly called out a white man who has no history of being a racist for using the word "Posse" in reference to a group of young black men. Talk about deflecting. Maverick Carter can be offended by Phil's "Posse" comments. So can LeBron. However, Mr. Used to dribble down in VA, Mr. I went on tour with Hip-Hop star Jaz-O at age 18 (How many of you went on a world tour at age 18) can't make millions promoting black dysfunction and then turn around and be offended by the use of the word "Posse". Sorry. Get in the comment box and let me know what you think.