This past weekend, Jay-Z hosted his hand-selected “Made In America” music festival with Budweiser in Philadelphia, PA. Now, in a recent interview with the New York Times, Hova explained what drove him to enlist Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All for the massive concert series.
Jay explained that he holds OFWGKTA in high regard, describing them as an anti-authoritarian extension of the youth culture. He continued on to praise them, saying they represent a harsh reaction to the evils of corporate America.
“[Odd Future has an] aversion to corporate America,” he explained. “People have a real aversion to what people in power did to the country. So they’re just lashing out, like: ‘This is the son that you made. Look at your son. Look at what you’ve done.’”
Jay also spoke on President Obama’s tenure in office, saying that he’s given inner city youths a new kind of positive role model, one that he lacked in his childhood. He continued on, reflecting on how his childhood will differ so greatly from that of his newborn daughter, Blue Ivy.
“I’ve said the election of Obama has made the hustler less relevant,” he said. “People took it in a way that I was almost dismissing what I am. And I was like: no, it’s a good thing! No one came to our neighborhoods, with stand-up jobs, and showed us there’s a different way. Maybe had I seen different role models, maybe I’d [have] turned on to that.
He continued, “I actually thought about that [with Blue Ivy’s birth], more before she was born…[my brother and I] would fight each other. My brother would beat me up. I was going to have to fight, I was going to have to go through some things, and they were preparing me. She doesn’t have to be tough. She has to love herself, she has to know who she is, she has to be respectful, and be a moral person.”