Rapper shared his thoughts during his Live Lounge session
Jay-Z has shared his thoughts on Donald Trump.
The rapper was speaking to BBC Radio 1 during his Live Lounge session, which saw him deliver an emotional rendition of ‘Numb/Encore’ and dedicate it to late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington.
Speaking to Clara Amfo during the session, Jay discussed the political situation in America and the recent neo-nazi violence in Charlottesville.
“I believe that everything that happens in life is for your greatest good, and I don’t think that this is happening if we weren’t prepared to handle it,” he said. “I’m just looking forward to what’s next after that, because usually when things are darkest, then light is on its way. I’m not fearful.”
While he didn’t mention Trump by name, he went on to add: “I believe that we are resilient, especially us as black people and especially the culture. We’ve been through so much more than this guy. This guy, I’m looking at him like, man, this is a joke, with all – I can’t even say with all due respect – with all disrespect. I just think he’s not a very sophisticated man, especially when it comes to the idea of until everyone is free, no one is free. Period. That’s just a fact.”
“We are all linked some kind of way. So if you oppress a certain people, everyone is in danger, karmically and in real life. If I’m being oppressed and you have this big, nice mansion, I’m coming inside there. That’s gonna happen, that’s just how life is. So just on a practical level, that just makes sense. On a spiritual and karmic level, if we’re all children of God, then we’re all brothers and sisters, and at some point, if you’re doing that to your brother, then that can’t last.”
Watch Jay-Z’s interview in full below:
See his performance of ‘Numb/Encore’:
During the Live Lounge performance, Jay also gave a rendition of ‘Family Feud’ taken from recent album ‘4:44’, which was backed by a choir.