July 16, 2017
The controversy caused bythe 4:44 album was simply a distraction to a message to the lower economic communities. Those who know, realize that the message was common sense. Those who were offended, ignored the direty of this conversation.
Jay-Z's lyrics are about investing money and that is extremely important in the Black community. For Black people, the more effective your nation is to the construct of the community, the more respected your nation will be in the face of the world, and in capitalist America,
In Laymens terms, if Black people moved money in capitalist America, we probably wouldn't be the first to be killed as much in our media. Black lives matter exists because our value is in how degraded and victimized we look on television.
All other races in America can be directly tied to some form of commerce, or have a body of people that causes votes to change. In example, consider the Jewish community with property or owning media, or the LGBT community that can rally people together to vote for specific legislation (not to mention the mass endorsement of celebrities to this movement).
This conversation Jay-Z is having seems to be directed to his musical colleagues, so I understand why the black elite doesn't find this album as "deep." This conversation isn't for them.
Unfortunately for the common Black people, our last effect was the times of the Bus Boycotts, initiated by Rosa Parks. In my opinion, that was the last time we got together and actually effected commerce, in a non-damaging way. It is what made the taxi and driving businesses thrive in the Black community (so big, that movies like Driving Miss Daisydemonstrated this success).
In effect, we got together and made our own Wall Street, which was unfortunately bombed. This massacre was the first aerial civilian attack by share croppers who flew their plantation planes and dropped dynamite sticks on the Black people. The GAP Band, which stood for the intersections Greenwood, Archer, and Pine, home of the original Black Wall Street, was known for referencing this incident in the lyrics "you dropped the bomb on me.
Lately, we've been marching for justice, which is not a law. It is not even a proposal to an existing amendment. College kids are camping out at the capital in the name of Trayvon Martin, but some of those students were too busy attempting to satisfy their raging hormones in the secluded area having sex rather than creating a legislative plan or clear enough purpose for being there. The results of the camp-out: a God bless you by the former governor, and an invitation to go home.
In essence, the more we have our community leaders (which are debatably rappers, ironically) hold up cash to their ears for no reason, our Black community members who are not that privileged are not receiving any benefits from that money. There is enough evidence that we are not respected as a people because of this.
We need to affect the community, and we can't say that the music does if it is being chosen and endorsed by people outside of the Black communities.
If the rich don't do anything else, they sure do take care of their families. We will not progress if we do not invest in our local businesses. We must pay that local mechanic so that he will be more in practice, develop his skills, and thus have more of a potential for a thriving business. We need to come together as a capitalist/socialist community and use that money to create our own schools, our own hospitals, and restore our own neighborhoods.
It is important, and needed for our identity sake.