In a lengthy New York Times Magazine profile of Jay-Z, novelist Zadie Smith got Hova to open up about, amongst other things, Occupy Wall Street. Smith reports Jay got “agitated” when she brought up the mass protest.
For those of you who don’t remember, the rapper was called a “bloodsucker” by the protesters of Occupy Wall Street after Rocawear made a t-shirt that bears the slogan ‘Occupy Wall Street’, but did not offer to give the movement any of the profits back to the movement.
“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,” he explained. “I think all those things need to really declare themselves a bit more clearly. Because when you just say that ‘the one percent is that,’ that’s not true. Yeah, the one per cent 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.”