Jay-Z was interviewed by CNN’s Van Jones’ on Friday night (January 26) and was asked a number of questions involving Trump.
“It’s disappointing and hurtful,” JAY-Z said when asked about Trump’s recent comments referring to African countries as “shithole countries.”
“But this has has been going on, this is how people talk behind close doors,” he added before referencing the former owner basketball team the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling. “And they took his team from him. And that’s one way to do it, but another way would have been to let him have his team and let’s talk about it together.
“Because once you do it, all the other closet racists just run back into the hole, you haven’t fixed anything. What you’ve done is spray perfume on a trashcan. And when you do that… you create a superbug, because you don’t take care of the problem. You don’t take the trash out, you just keep spraying over it to make it acceptable. And as those things grow, you create a superbug, and now we have Donald Trump, the superbug.”
Jay-Z was then asked to comment on America’s strong economy and whether Trump’s recent comments should be overlooked because of this current economy. “It’s not about money at the end of the day,” Jay-Z answered. “Money is not — money doesn’t equate to happiness. It doesn’t. That’s missing the whole point. You treat people like human beings, then — that’s the main point.”
“It goes back to the whole thing, you going to treat me really bad and pay me well. It’s not going to lead to happiness. It’s going to lead to, again, the same thing,” JAY-Z added.
Trump headed to Twitter to let his thoughts be known on the rapper’s comments, writing: “Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!” You can see that tweet below.
Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2018
Jay-Z will be attending tonight’s Grammy ceremony after previously boycotting the event. During Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy gala on Saturday night (January 27), the rapper picked up the Grammy Salute to Industry Icons Award. Speaking at the legendary annual event, Jay discussed why he chose to boycott the ceremony earlier in his career.
He claimed it was because fellow rapper DMX had been snubbed by the Grammy’s in 1999, despite having a highly successful year. Though Jay-Z didn’t attend, he went on to win Best Rap Album for his LP ‘Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life’.
Speaking of his reasons for returning, Jay said it was down to his wife Beyonce’s first solo project.