No one can deny Jay-Z's talent as an artist and his intelligence as a business man. However, just like all of us, he too has his shortcomings.
The rapper mogul indulged in a recent interview with the New York Times that he doesn't fully understand the Occupy Wall Street Movement.
He admitted that he is left speculating what the protest group is actually trying to do.
Jay-Z also revealed that he believed that movement was attempting to but the wealthy (such as himself) in a false light.
Here are some quotes from his NYT profile:
"What’s the thing on the wall, what are you fighting for? I’m not going to a park and picnic, I have no idea what to do, I don’t know what the fight is about. What do we want, do you know?"
"When you just say that ‘the one percent is that,’ that’s not true. Yeah, the 1 percent that’s robbing people, and deceiving people, these fixed mortgages and all these things, and then taking their home away from them, that’s criminal, that’s bad. Not being an entrepreneur. This is free enterprise. This is what America is built on."
His confusion comes as a surprise since last year he was seen wearing and profiting from a line of T-shirts that displayed the phrase "Occupy All Streets."
In addition it was reported that he didn't share any proceeds with the organization the fashion design stemmed from.
Occupy Guitarmy, a smaller group of the OWS Music Working community, plans to offer a genuine answer to Jay-Z's question at his concert on September 28th at the Barclays Center.
The group managed to give a preview of their answer on their Tumblr page. Here is what it said:
We have spent one year on the streets organizing for exactly the things Jay rapped about in his early days, ending urban poverty, ending Stop & Frisk and police use of lethal force, of returning dignity and hope to the everyday people of New York City. These are simple civil rights issues we know Jay-Z must support, and we would love to help open his heart and mind to the work Occupy has helped do in his own former communities.
What do you think about Jay-Z's confusion on the OWS concept and which side do you think he is on?