Clean up your act, Papa Jay-Z!

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Proud new pop Jay-Z says he’s sworn off calling women “b------” in his raps now that he has a “wicked-a-- lil’ ‘B’ ” of his own, but he’s still brandishing the n-word — the one he built his multi-million-dollar empire on — in a lullaby to his baby girl, featuring such linguistic plums as “Your Grandpop died of n---- failure,” “G------, I can’t deliver failure” and “So there you have it, s--- happens.”

It sure does and one fallout is that this homeboy has an ego bigger than his vocabulary. Shawn Carter demonstrated as much when he took over Lenox Hill Hospital last week for the birth of his child without a thought to other pregnant moms there. That conceit wouldn’t be acceptable even if the self-proclaimed “Jay-Hova” had done something positive for humanity besides promoting social indignities and vulgar behavior to make a buck, not a difference.

No doubt Jay-Z is successful if marketability is the yardstick of excellence, parlaying his gangsta grooves into lucrative businesses in fashion, cuisine, sports and advertising, making him the world’s second wealthiest hip-hop artist, according to Forbes magazine. Low-brow black intellectuals even portray “Jigga” as Christ, with Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson justifying his pop culture course — “Sociology of Hip-Hop: Jay-Z” — by stating, “It’s like Jesus talking to the woman at the well. You ask for a drink of water, then you get into some theological discussions.

If excellence is judged, however, by a person’s impact on humanity, then Jay-Z is a failure. His stock-in-trade is peddling negative black stereotypes for his own profit while hawking T-shirts at Occupy Wall Street rallies without sharing the proceeds, and engaging in lofty partnerships with the U.N. to fix the world’s water crisis because, “I was looking for a cause.”

How about pursuing the cause of giving some real hope to disenfranchised youngsters by showing them the way out of the ghetto, Hov? History books are full of African-Americans overcoming their humble roots without resorting to the gutter; among them, singer Louis Armstrong, human rights activist Sojourner Truth, clockmaker, surveyor, and astronomer Benjamin Banneker, and Garrett Augustus Morgan, who invented a precursor to the gas mask and a traffic signal — all of them born in a ghetto or children of slaves.

By comparison, Jay-Z is a herb who owes his fame and fortune to lousy lyrics such as “I’m like f--- critics you can kiss my whole a------” (“99 Problems”), “Rap music let these m------------ know what we about, I know these gay a-- record labels keep f-----’ n-----” (“Real N-----”), and “Aint no n---- like the one I got, no one can f--- you betta” (“Ain’t No N-----”).

In Zack O’Malley Greenburg’s biography, “Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner to Corner Office,” rapper Johnathan “Jaz-O” Burks says, “[Jay-Z’s] done so well, many have forgotten he started as a street hustler, who sold crack by the kilo, was nearly murdered by a rival and narrowly escaped jail after cops pulled him over when his car was loaded with cocaine, [and later] plunged a knife into the belly of a man he thought was stealing music profits from him.”

Then, again, many haven’t — sadly for baby Blue Ivy.

Columnist Shavana Abruzzo's opinions appear every Friday on E-mail her at

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Anonymous from World says:
This article is so full of misinformation and gossip you heard on other websites. Jay-Z does do things to uplift his people. He too is a victim of living in poverty in America, & with his SC foundation he does offer other opportunities to youth trying to better their situations by seeking education. Everyone has a background, a story. Jay is just honest & open about his. Don't judge someone about what they use to do, but look at them for who they have become. He IS a husband a FATHER a grown adult who is very far from who he use to be. People are so ready to judge and throw labels about about what someone else is or is not doing. What are YOU doing to change the world, besides blogging about what someone else isn't? Be the change you want to see in the world-Ghandi. Peace
Jan. 20, 2012, 10:03 am
Marilyn from Sheepshd Bay says:
To Anonymous from World:
My, my, how sensitive you are. You asked Ms. Abruzzo what SHE is doing to change the world. Wake up, Anonymous! She is alerting / waking readers up to the lowlifes, the miscreants, the abusers who are amongst us, who sometimes sickeningly try to lead us to destruction.
As for JayZ and his air-brained wife, all I can say is 'You can take people out of their neighborhood, but you cannot take a neighborhood out of people.' The aforementioned couple are what they are, selfish lowlifes whose money have brought them fame. Bankruptcy in 25 years, like so many other 'stars'?
Correction to your comment: It's USED, not USE, since I'm sure your sentences refer to past tense.
To quote Pope from his Lesson on Criticism:
A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring. ...
Jan. 20, 2012, 12:54 pm
Tim Tebow from Denver says:
H-to the-Izzo
Jan. 20, 2012, 1:07 pm
JA from OMB says:
Congratulations, Shavanna Abruzzo! Fantastic article about the new parents who have turned their backs on others for their own satisfaction, namely Jay-Z and his wife. You have a gift with words, and your research is always so thorough, so enlightening to readers. I am not joking, and you are not patting me for wrtiing this, but I do want you to know I truly enjoy reading what you've got to say.
I wonder how many hours this selfish couple will spend with their kid-with-the-silly-name, or will they hire a nanny? I wonder when the thrill of motherhood will wear off. Maybe when changing diapers or hearing constant crying in the night? The parents will most likely be on tour most of the time, and the kid will remain in her golden crib. With a nanny. Sad.
Jan. 20, 2012, 1:14 pm
JT from Gerittsen Beach says:
JZ said he would stop using the "B" word because he now has a daughter. What's he going to say when she asks about his usage of the "N" word?
Jan. 20, 2012, 4:55 pm
Anonymous from World says:
She is not "waking up" the world she is doing Nothing more than using Jay-z & Beyonce to gain traffic for her blog which no one would read otherwise had she not mentioned Jay-z's name! Quite frankly it doesn't matter what any of you broke paycheck to paycheck loosers say about Jay anyway. He'll still be where he is living his life to the fullest while your content to sit behind a computer talking about someone else's life wishing you made better choices for your own.
Jan. 20, 2012, 8:22 pm
Marilyn from Sheepshd Bay says:
To Anonymous: Goodness, your grammar is of very poor quality. While in school, didn't you learn about contractions? "While your content to sit..." should be "while you're content" --for it is a contraction of 'you are.' It appears to me--and others--that you, too, are sitting behind a computer.
Yes, some live paycheck to paycheck....while others live welfare check to welfare check, along with food stamps and other free gov't benefits, gratis. Which are you? Those with paychecks are working, at least, not grubbing off Uncle Sam.
Do you really believe Jay-z cares what you, or anyone else, think about him? He showed his arrogance at the hospital, and would step over you, black or white, if he had to. You are a fool, girl, a peon to jangly Jay-z. (Look the word up in a dictionary.)
On another note: OMG = Obama Must Go.
Jan. 20, 2012, 9:24 pm
Anonymous from World says:
Ok. Now you're just being a racist jerk! Which I have no time for, you've gone completely off subject to being angry that you are in fact probably on welfare your self since you seem to know so much about it. I don't need to defend my self to someone making random observations to someone you don't even know. You are a rediculous individual with a narrow minded view of the world. Good luck with that. Obama must go??? Wow! *tear* that hurt?!?....Not! 4 more!! Mark my words. You may as well kill yourself now! Lmao!
Jan. 21, 2012, 12:51 am
Marilyn from Sheepshd Bay says:
Anonymous: Don't be so confrontational. You are the one who got off the subject; I only followed your dribble 'cause you're a jerk who needs talking to.
Correction: It's 'yourself' not 'your self'' (one word).
Narrowminded is also one word, Smarty pants.
Correction: It's 'ridiculous' not 'rediculous.'
No, I am not on welfare, but I do have two Masters degrees and read rather than watch shoot-em-up TV. When one reads one sees grammatical and spelling errors such as yours. They pop off the page.
No, I am not a racist. I was taught by my parents that we all have the same color heart, and I stand by that.
And, I voted for Obama last time, but he has destroyed our economy, so he won't get my vote this time! No way! He's played enough golf and gone on more vacations in two years than any families I know. Why not though (tongue in cheek)? It's taxpayers' money, not his. hahaha
Jan. 21, 2012, 11:46 am
andrea from park slope says:
wow, this is boring.
Feb. 3, 2012, 12:47 am
Izzy from Brooklyn says:
To Andrea:
Hey, Kiddo, nobody is holding a gun to your head. 'Change the channel' if what you see is so boring. Go outside and breathe some fresh air. Ride your bicycle.
Feb. 5, 2012, 7:26 pm

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