Yup he sho did. So I know some believe I am a Jay Z hater. False. I do believe he isn’t above criticism. So when I saw this clip from Elliot Wilson’s interview with him I like to have lost my mind. Watch as your boy answers back to the legendary Harry Belafonte’s criticism of Jay’s philanthropy. If you miss it here is the actual quote,
I’m offended by that because first of all, this is going to sound arrogant, but my presence is charity. Just who I am, [is charity], just like Obama is. Obama provides hope. Whether he does anything, that hope that he provides for a nation and outside of America is enough. Just being who he is. You’re the first black president. If he speaks on any issue or anything, he should be left alone. […] Of course we want to challenge [Obama] to do better, but I felt like Belafonte just went about it wrong. The way he did it, within the media, and then he bigged up Bruce Springsteen. It was like, ‘Whoa, you just sent the wrong message all around. You just bigged up the white guy against me in the white media.’ I’m not saying that in a racial way. I’m saying what it was just the wrong way to go about it. […] My presence is charity! Just this guy who came from Marcy projects apartment 530C, to these places of me playing in Yankee stadium tonight
But you gotta see it to believe it. The mess starts around 6:56….