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Oprah & Jay-Z: She Loosens Up For A One-On-One Interview With The Rapper

September 3, 2009

Sorry folks, I am not a hip-hop or modern rap fan.   So this interview with Jay-Z does nothing for me.   I tend to like underground music from people like Murs and Santigold (formerly Santogold).

What I find interesting, though, is that Oprah has been very vocal about her dislike of misogynistic rappers and their music.  She stands strong and firm against distasteful rap songs that degrade women and she certainly can’t stand anyone who uses the N-word.  I don’t get why people still coddle the N-word.

We all know what it means and there is no sane way to “disarm” it.  In my experience, people just ignore what it means an move on from there.

Do other races go around calling each other “spic”,  “Wap” or “wet back” then say, “We just call each other that.  Nothing is necessary.”

Did she include Jay-Z in this list of rappers she would not host or have on her show? I don’t know, really. But, what I do know is that Mr. Beyonce Knowles will be hitting the Oprah show in her upcoming new season.

Here’s a tiny taste of the interview:

Oprah: Many of the little boys who grew up in the Marcy projects are either in jail or dead. Why do you think you got to grow up and buy your mom a house?

Jay-Z: There’s the gift, there’s the spirit, and there’s the work—all three have to come together. If one of those things is off, it can stop you from becoming who you were meant to be.

Oprah: When I met you a few years ago, we discussed our disagreement over the use of the N word and misogynist lyrics in rap music. Do you believe that using the N word is necessary?

Jay-Z: Nothing is necessary. It’s just become part of the way we communicate. My generation hasn’t had the same experience with that word that generations of people before us had. We weren’t so close to the pain. So in our way, we disarmed the word. We took the fire pin out of the grenade.

All the work that the NAACP went through to bury the damn N-word and rappers just dig up the bones.  Will they ever learn?  I bet that if you had a National N-Word Day, where you went around calling people the N-word ALL DAY….Maybe then, black folks might get the hint that they shouldn’t be singing, rapping or saying it at all…I’m just sayin’…



3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 3, 2009 8:08 pm

    Now you know the Oprah loves Beyonce and President Obama and since Jay-Z is cool with he’s okay with Oprah. Did I mention that I love Jay-Z? I will be DVRing this episode of Oprah for sure.

    • September 4, 2009 2:13 am

      Many people think this and so do I. In Jay-Z’s defense, sometimes it doesn’t matter how you get you’re foot thru the door. What matters is that you did.

      However Jay-Z made it on Oprah, he made it.



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