Jay-Z Discusses Occupy Wall Street, Says "I Don't Know What The Fight Is About"

Jay-Z opines on Occupy Wall Street by saying the message is confusing.

Though Jay-Z was photographed with Russell Simmons some months back wearing an "Occupy All Streets" t-shirt, Hov has revealed that he's never backed the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Jay cited a lack of a central vision as the reason for his hesitation. “What’s the thing on the wall, what are you fighting for?” asked Hov in an interview with The New York Times.

“I’m not going to a park and picnic — I have no idea what to do,” said Jay, recanting what he said in a conversation with Simmons.

“I don’t know what the fight is about. What do we want? Do you know?” questioned Jay rhetorically of the movement.

The Brooklyn emcee continued, asking for specificity from the movement. “I think all those things need to really declare themselves a bit more clearly because when you just say that ‘the 1 percent is that,’ that’s not true,” said Jay. “Yeah, the 1 percent that’s robbing people, and deceiving people, these fixed mortgages and all these things, and then taking their home away from them, that’s criminal, that’s bad."

“Not being an entrepreneur. This is free enterprise. This is what America is built on.”

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110 Comments

  • joe

    the world is crazy, who cares if jay-z said studd bout occupy wall street, if he rapped over beats at www.yucbeats.com everybody would go nuts! lol

  • www.marlosbeats.com

    I first, second, and third this motion!

  • Anonymous

    So let me get this straight...Jay Z single handledly helps lead a movement that interrupts the dealings of the politcally manipulating machine that is known as Wall Street virtually giving the government and the corporate world a flat tire...but I'm supposed to believe he's in the illuminati..? #STOPIT

  • Anonymous

    jigga dont kno whats going on but yet had occupy wall street shirts on sale

  • Anonymous

    whenever i think of jay-z i always think of nas and that "dick suckin lips" comment lol jay has some set on him lolololololololol

  • Anonymous

    IF U REALLY WANTED 2 KNO ABOUT AN OCCUPY WALL ST THEY HAVE A WEBSITE FULL OF INFORMATION BUT OF COURSE U CLOWNS KNO EVERYTHING I WENT TO A PROTEST AND HEARD, TALKED TO, & SAW LAWYERS, FINANCIAL ADVISERS, TEACHERS, MOTHERS & FATHERS OUT THERE TRYING TO GET SH!T DONE BUT U FCUKBOIS THINK IT WAS NOTHING BUT BUMS LOOKIN 4 A PLACE 2 SLEEP IF IT WAS UP 2 Y'ALL DURING CIVIL RIGHTS TIME WE WOULD STILL B SEGREGATED WAS IT ORGANIZED TO DA T? NO & NEITHER WAS DA CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT & I BET MOST OF U WANTED NO PARTS OF IT EVEN IF IT WAS ORGANIZED THEY PLANTED FEAR IN U WHEN U WERE A BABY & NOW UR A GROWN COWARD

  • BLACK

    HE'S PART OF THE 1% WHAT DO U EXPECT? BUT HE'S IGNORANT AS FUCK...IF U DONT KNOW WHAT THE MOVEMENT IS ABOUT THEN ASK YOUR BUDDY KANYE WHO SUPPOSEDLY SUPPORTS THE MOVEMENT!

  • Anonymous

    at least he finally admitted he dont know shit about the economy

  • ILL

    So can somebody tell me what the fuck it was all about!!!! ...everybody on here typing about Jay and nobody is saying what it was all about....damn I'm gettin pissed cause I wanna know dammit

  • Anonymous

    Of course he doesn't understand. How can a man worth half a billion dollars grasp what a group of unemployed people think? Granted, alot of the protestors actually could find jobs if they wanted too. They just graduated college and are pissed that they might actually have to have a backup plan.

  • Knicksfan1

    lol I thought I was the only one. They were out here in DC for a little while, and I was never clear on what the purpose of them demonstrating was for. And to the people hating on Jay for selling t-shirts, so what? First off, they were 2 different slogans. Jay was doing exactly what his slogan "Occupy All Streets" represented: Hustling. The statement is more of a creed to putting in work. Nothing wrong with that. I'm mad I didn't think of that shyt lol

  • Sco*

    He's so entitled to his opinion as we all are, but whats up with the selling of the tees?...that's questionable at best, and some hoe ass shit at worst.....

  • Anonymous

    LOL @ the people on here shitting on Jay out of jealousy like they would care about any of these things with half of his wealth.

  • Anonymous

    standing around begging aint going do nothing you go to do the same thing the pilgrims did to the indians. if you aint ready to do that shut the fuck up.

    • T.

      Thank you, I see someone out there actually gets it. Just like in politics; if we aren't willing to call them on there bullshit and act in a way that they actually give a damn about, then we're just gonna have to bend over and take it...like we've been doing for years now.

  • Fuck Marcy

    Translation: "I don't give a fuck about none of this shit, nigga, I'm rich"

  • GGENERAL

    I don't see what the fuss is about . People have been saying this exact same thing for the longest. That the movement (if that's what you wanna call it) is all over the place with their message. That they have no central message. The second Jay say's it, he's out of touch. Someone within the movement say's it, and they're speaking the truth trying to better the movement....smh, The ignorance and hate that spews from some of you (N-WORDS) would be comical if it wasn't for the fact that it further continues the "crabs in a bucket" mentality that's been dragging blacks and browns down since forever....Good luck with that

    • hate revolver

      ^^That's like cheating on your girl and say, "but l pay your college tuition and rent" Do you know home many rich people using donations and charities to get back on tax returns, you morons? Now, l'm not saying Jay did do charity work whole heartedly, but that's not the issue here. He wore a Occupy Wall Street, tried to sell Occupy Wall Street t-shirts and had the nerve to say he didn't agree or know what is was about. Now that's some bullhshit.

    • Knicksfan1

      ^^^^^^This man gets it. People don't wanna listen to jewels. They'd rather Be envious of his...

    • Everybody look at you strange, say you changed Uhh! Like you work that hard to stay the same

      I hate Jay because he's rich. "I put dollars on mine, ask Columbine When the Twin Towers dropped, I was the first in line Donating proceeds off every ticket sold When I was out on the road, that's how you judge Hov, no? Ain't I supposed to be absorbed myself? Every time there's a tragedy, I'm the first one to help They call me this misogynist, but they don't call me the dude To take his dollars to give gifts at the projects These dudes is all politics, depositing checks they put in they pocket, all you get in return is a lot of lip And y'all buy the shit, caught up in the hype" "Your inception Fuck perception Go with what makes sense Since I know what I'm up against We as rappers must decide what's most important And I can't help the poor if I'm one of them So I got rich and gave back To me that's the win, win The next time you see the homie and his rims spin Just know my mind is working just like them (The rims that is)" "Same sword they knight you they gon' good night you with Sh.., Thats' only half if they like you That ain't even the half what they might do Don't believe me, ask Michael See Martin, see Malcolm You see Biggie, see Pac, see success and its outcome See Jesus, see Judas; see Caesar, see Brutus See success is like suicide Suicide, it's a suicide If you succeed, prepare to be crucified"

    • What

      The person above, what the fuck are you trying to say?

    • Anonymous

      There's more dick riders who admire someone who makes all this money, but don't give a damn about the good that can be done. You actually do nothing but invite all this hate.

    • WOW

      What a clueless person you are. The man tried to sale Occupy Wall Street t-shirts and now he says he didn't know the purpose of the movement. You don't see nothing wrong with what he's say? Then you are an idiot. Read the fucken article and get a better understanding or you dumb ass will fall for anything.

    • Anonymous

      Did you expect anything else besides pure, baseless hate, just off the fact that this article quoted Jay?

  • Just A Person

    Um...smarten up people. I'm pretty sure Jay-Z is right. The teaparty, which is what i understand to be the republican rival to occupy, were attempting to put candidates in for presidency. Meanwhile at the occupy ranch...people are just there. Some are there for good causes yes, but it's mostly a mute point unless something changes. Stop using this as a hate-Jay-Z-a-thon and grow up. Jay is a 75% scumbag but i mean he has a good point.

  • wu tangg

    jay z just an ignorant fool out of touch with his own people, money rules that dumb bitch sold his soul

  • thekidflames

    Jay is hilarious...literally. This is that off kilter sense of humor he has. He knows exactly what the fight was about - but, he's made it, why would he occupy his thoughts with trivial, political stuff like this? That's why he plays dumb, so he doesn't HAVE to answer idiotic questions, and people aren't looking to him like he has all the answers to life's mysterious questions. Come off it, people. He's basically saying, "I don't care...B."

  • Fuck Marcy

    Once again Jay acts a nigger and shows ignorance

  • gdfdfggdf

    Ja Rule was at OWS!

  • Anonymous

    Of course you don't know what the fight is about, you don't have to try to work at minimum wage and live off of food stamps cus you did the work-hard-selling-crack-make-an-album-story-rap job and the rest of us "shmoe's" are still working hard. I find it rhetorical when rich people don't understand the struggle, and they were born of the struggle.

  • Anonymous

    Front Coon showing brains when he has to 'freestyle,' sweet... Where's Dream Fucking Hampton to translate? Take away whites need to make it LOOK good for community suckers and Shawn has what % ownership and power with the Nets?

  • Killuminati

    Jay, as dumb as he looks confirmed.

  • jr88

    come on jay z you didnt get to where you are by acting stupid...lol...ows are basically people outraged about the fact that we deregulate banks and insurance companies and they end up bringing this country to its nees...come on jay...lol

  • Anonymous

    It's the truth. The efforts of the Occupy Movement were great, but what is lacking is a unified message. There is no purpose with no end goal.

  • Anonymous

    Ohh, another occasion for frustrated losers to blame a successful person for their shitty existence?

  • Anonymous

    Haha, Jay playing dumb AGAIN. Well, it's a lot easier for the smart ones to play dumb than it is for the dumb ones to act smart.

  • idiot

    Jay-z is the 1%, fucker wasn't joking about dumbin down his shit, started effecting his brain

  • Yo Conscious

    If he's wrong, point out ONE DECLARED central tenet to the OWS movement, and point out a clear, concise, and consistent leadership role that has the general consensus of those that follow it. Don't act like this is not looking like the Southpark cartoon when people don't even know who or WHAT they're fighting "took-er-joooobs".

    • The Future

      I agree, but I still think they should keep it up though. It shows everyone that they aren't alone in there problems with the system, and shows the big buisnesses ("the Man")etc. that people aren't going to stand idol. OWS is saying "We aren't HAPPY!! FIX IT!"

  • Anonymous

    99% of the trolls on this web site are lame and unfunny as fuck

    • dentaldamboy

      No the racist trolls are unfunny. The supergucciraps and YESSIR are not funny. The trolls commenting about Ja Rule are hilarious.

  • jg

    wow. This nigga is an idiot. He don't know what the movement is about? It's about bringing down the rich mf's like him who are keeping the everyman down. Why is he even there?? Fuck HOV.

  • Blank

    Wait. Is OWS still going?? These kids should have stayed in school and taken some history instead of running off to play "camp". If they had, they'd realize the only reason we have the freedom to protest is that it doesn't do a damned thing. Please explain how their camping or "occupying" negatively impacts anyone but themselves or possibly old people that wanted to enjoy a peaceful walk through the park.. really they're just fucking things up for old people!!

  • hek718

    "whats 50 grand to a muhfu**a like/can someone please remind me"

  • Real Talk 100

    Occupy Wall Street are people that are angered at the actions of the State, particularly this Corporatist unholy alliance between the State and Corporations... an economic system reminiscent of 18th Century Mercantilism, 19th Century Protectionism, and 20th Century Fascism..... And yet all of Occupy's proposed solutions involve increasing the power to the State, increasing revenue to the State via taxes, increasing the size and scope of the State, increasing the level of State intervention in the economy. And they are protesting Wall Street instead of Washington??... You realize many of those corrupt banks would have been bankrupt and out of business, except for the State bailed them out? A true Capitalist would tell you let them fail, and reduce the role of the State, let people that couldnt afford their homes go back to living in an apartment, let the Market restore land, labor, and capital to its natural order. The Non-Interventionists. A fake capitalist Protectionist like Bush and McCain or a Marxist Socialist like Obama would advocate for Central Planning and more intervention of the State, more distortions, maintain market distortions. The Interventionists. Yet Occupy has chosen to throw its lot on the side of the Interventionist.

  • Anonymous

    Jay-Z is playing dumb. American citizens BAIL OUT Wall Street with billion od dollars and these fools STILL take out home away and STILL give us a high interest rate. Basically we give them a lot of $$$ and they STILL want more for FREE while we WORK our ass off. Gay-z stop acting dumb you son of a bitch

    • Anonymous

      Yup...cause HOV is not poor Sean Carter from Marcy anymore. Dude is trying to be in that 1 percent! So much that he in a lot of ways shits on broke people by constantly rapping about how much money he has...like, who can relate to that shit? I know Jay tries to help out niggas, but...still...it's obvious why Jay would side with Wallsteet on some obvious shit against them muthafukkkas.

    • Anonymous

      Yup...cause HOV is not poor Sean Carter from Marcy anymore. Dude is trying to be in that 1%! So much that he in a lot of ways shits on broke people by constantly rapping about how much money he has...like, who can relate to that shit? I know Jay tries to help out niggas, but...still...it's obvious why Jay would side with Wallsteet on some obvious shit against them muthafukkkas.

    • Anonymous

      Yup...cause HOV is not poor Sean Carter from Marcy anymore. Dude is trying to be in that 1%! So much that he in a lot of ways shits on broke people by constantly rapping about how much money he has...like, who can relate to that shit? I know Jay tries to help out niggas, but...still...it's obvious why Jay would side with Wallsteet on some obvious shit against them muthafuckas.

  • JMG

    What's sad is just because many of you don't know either, you just run and hop on Jay-Z's nuts and say "yeah...what ARE they there for"...instead of trying to find out for yourselves. It's almost as if you dudes think Jay reps you and YOUR struggle, when ironically Occupy Wallstreet is fighting more for your financial freedom than anything else. What they want is to address the corruption and shady political and big business issues in relation to the finance industry (i.e. The corrupt mortgage system that caused many banks to go under default on loans. Don't think that matters, wait until you try and buy a house and see how difficult it is because of the corruption). But I shouldn't have expected less from a bunch of niggas. I hate saying that shit, but it remains true every time I decide to read what some of you people write on a daily basis....

    • Word!

      How can he honestly say he didn't understand their movement. It just doesn't make any sense at all. It's a shame to see someone like Jay Z say that. He is totally out of touch with reality or he's trying to please some of his endorsers and business partners.

  • Anonymous

    jay z is right, read the book protocols of zion and u will lern they keep power by having uprisings with no plan, or a mole for a leader find a collective list and protest .

  • wallets

    Wall street keep taking money from people by doing nothing, offering nothing and creating nothing. Except for their own wallets. No contribution whatsoever.

  • Justin

    If you sorry ass people don't know what Occupy Wall Street means...take a second and slap yourself. You need to stop looking for rappers to tell you what the fuck is going on outside your damn window and beyond. I'm over here in HOUSTON and we have OCCUPY HOUSTON. Its a revolution a change we desperately need. This is all I can give you...you do the rest. Youtube: think twice about being famous pt 1

  • Justin

    If you sorry ass people don't know what Occupy Wall Street means...take a second and slap yourself. You need to stop looking for rappers to tell you what the fuck is going on outside your damn window and beyond. I'm over here in HOUSTON and we have OCCUPY HOUSTON. Its a revolution a change we desperately need. This is all I can give you...you do the rest. http://youtube.com/watch?v=mWKugQp3lPo&list=PL0034A60AEED6A787&index=18&feature=plpp_video

  • Justin

    If you sorry ass people don't know what Occupy Wall Street means...take a second and slap yourself. You need to stop looking for rappers to tell you what the fuck is going on outside your damn window and beyond. I'm over here in HOUSTON and we have OCCUPY HOUSTON. Its a revolution a change we desperately need. This is all I can give you...you do the rest. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWKugQp3lPo&list=PL0034A60AEED6A787&index=18&feature=plpp_video

  • triPAUD

    problem is they complain but have no solutions. they say the movement is about multiplicity and discussion, but that doesn't mean much for whats needed now.

  • I'm with Jay....

    Gold Star for if one person can explain to me what these nuts on Wall Street are doing there...????

    • JMG

      I want my Gold star then, and it better be 24K! Here is my question, if you are siding with Jay, then what is Jay saying then? Just don't worry about shit and live? Just curious as to why people side with Jay, but Jay never talked about any type of actual solution to some real financial issues either...that is all I am saying. It's easy to be like "yo, what the fuck are the saying"...and then jump in your Maybach and stunt all the way home. All the while, your oil change is due on your Ford Focus son...you are not even in the same conversation as a nigga like Jay to be just jumping on his side when it comes to MONEY!

  • d-nucks

    He has a point...that shit does not make since....I mean what do they want? If you sit in the streets and take up space long engough..millionaires will start throwin money out the window to them?

  • 80sbaby

    says the multimillionaire

  • Anonymous

    playing dumb classic jay-z

  • Anelka

    This lil nigga purposely sounding ignorant like he does not knw wats up or perhaps he really doesnt knw. Where is Dream Hampton to come to his rescue again? SMH

  • Anonymous

    You dont know what they fighting for??? Then go read the paper you dumb motherfucker.

  • joe5286

    "This is free enterprise. This is what America is built on. -- He's right about that. You people do realize that nearly all your favorite rappers talk constantly about making money, right?

    • Anonymous

      They may not talk about it, but they profit off this business like all the materialistic rappers do, "alternative" dudes count on dudes like you who think they rap for the fuck off it while they're laughing on their way to the bank.

    • Anonymous

      my fav rappers dont, and that why they my favs

  • Anonymous

    jay is right , wtf does ocupy do they just go and sit there , they don't do shit

  • Anonymous

    This dude is so rich he doesnt know that a lot of people have no jobs or have in fact 2 jobs to stay in live. This fucker is only interes to buy some jewels , cars and plains. Fuck Jay Z. he doesnt stand for nothing. He doesnt do shit for the hood.

    • Anonymous

      He stands for the American Dream, showing people that they can do it off hard work and ambitions, they can realize their dreams through years of dedication, just like Jay did. You think rappers who only tell poor people that they're garbage and worthless do anything?

  • Anonymous

    Jay you are an arogant prick!

  • Anonymous

    Ja rule was occupying with us..tru story fuck jay-z

  • Deborah

    Harry Belafonte criticised Jay's lack of charity work, and he was right. It seems Jay-Z only wore these T-Shirts in order to gain attention. He seems to be a man whose only desire is to make money. He doesn't want to be down with the hood anymore. He doesn't seem to speak about the sufferings of ordinary blacks or any person anymore, just him and his money etc etc. The message of Occupy Wall Street is blindingly obvious. He doesn't like it because it means top earners like him would have to pay more tax to help the 99%.

    • mr.snob

      He's the living proof that you can get out of the 99% and be part of the top 1%. what the bankers do was and is bad but sitting on Wall Street won't change anything.

  • Brizz

    What i love about hiphop is how relatable the connection is with the rapper, music etc, Jay-Z is officialy not the peoples champion anymore. Hes completely detached from the everyday mans reality and a part of something most of us will never see. And its damn sad that America is said to be all about taking everything for yourself and not giving a flying fuck if theres nothing else for anyone else. Im sorry for every album i spent my hardworked money on to make this asshole richer. Fuck Jay-Z.

  • HHFAN

    I agree with Jay. I'm self employed going on 3 years now and I've made my seven figures myself by fucking up and trying over and over until I got it right (I'm in software if you need to know). There's no devil worship or evil needed to be rich. Business is like a form of combat and you fight every day for that fan, sale, download, whatever. OWS was the most unorganized movement that actually had potential to change things but there were a million demands and no leaders and no central platform. How are you going to side with 3000 different demands? You might agree with some like the mortgage crisis but not with others. $20 minimum wage? GTFO. Student loans? You bought into that lie that a college education equals automatic success. College is no different from getting out there an working. The advantage is you have the paper to say you're a couple levels above another less qualified candidate, but if you can't hustle like him, you're not going to get far.

  • Anonymous

    smfh Jay Z is a fucking idiot. You make a shirt supporting it without knowing what it stands for? Its about the control of the American peoples money and how the Federal Reserve bails out the same people that put the economy in the shit can in the first place you dumb fake illuminati rapper. Go let the music industry rape your ass a little bit more then come back when you can say what you want.

    • Anonymous

      LOL @ these dumb fucks thinking self-called "concious rappers" do ANYTHING else besides capitalizing off idiots like yall.

    • harris89

      I will always love and respect Jay-Z for what he's done as a rapper, but the dude trend hops like a motherfucker. Dude really never sounds like he has his own opinions; just goes with whatever's poppin to stay relevant. Lame shit tbh.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah I guess it's hard to know what the fight is about when you're sitting on over half a billion.

  • jerz

    jay z is a retard and should stfu about politics

  • dentaldamboy

    Jay-z should have signed Ja Rule! He would've saved the people in trouble at OWS! Then again.......Ja will be back....mark my words!!!

  • Stanley

    Jay-z is completely irrelevant to anything attached to the "Youth" outside of Hip hop circles. Jay-z tried to sell Occupy-wallstreet T-shirts, and failed miserably. Everybody by now knows what the Occupy Movement is about, there dozens of Youtube, and facebook pages about it online. Those that choose to ignore it are typically the 1%, Duh

  • Anonymous

    Jay just ethered the OWS movement. Pun intended.

  • Hova

    Jigga is right. Most of them peeps occupying didn't even understand the movement just jumped on that shit cus it was "cool" in fact many lazy fucks I knew in oak town did that cuz they didn't wanna work. Niggas need that entrepreneur attitude if they want change instead f sitting around on government assistance waiting for change.

  • Anonymous

    FUCK JA RULE, HURRICANE CHRIS IS THE LAST HOPE FOR HIP HOP, THINK ABOUT IT, HES MORE LYRICAL THAN JAY Z AND SLAUGHTERHOUSE, HE RESSURECTED DEATH ROW RECORDS, HE DROPPED STAT QUO, CASHIS AND BOBBY CREEK FROM ROCAFELLA RECORDS, HE WON THE BEEF BETWEEN HIM AND SOULJA BOY, HE WRITES LIL WAYNES RAPS, AND HIS PUBIC HAIR HAS MAGICAL MATERIALS THAT MAKES GRASS GROW TWICE THE SPEED AS WATER, HURRICANE CHRIS HAS AND ALWAYS WILL BE THAT NIGGA, FROM HIT SINGLES LIKE WIPE ME DOWN AND DID IT ON EM, HURRICANE CHRIS HAS SHOWN US TIME AND TIME AGAIN THAT MAINSTREAM RAP IS THE CURE FOR HIP HOP, WHY WANT UNDERGROUND HIP HOP? THATS PRETTY MUCH SAYIN HIP HOP IS DEAD RITE THERE. HURRICANE CHRIS WILL SLAY ANY FAGGOT THAT TRYTA STEP UP IN THE BOOTH. DUDE GOT PLAQUES ON PLAQUES, RINGTONES CRAZY, HELLA FOLLOWERS ON MYSPACE, YALL NIGGAS AINT WIT THA SHIT IF YOU AINT BACKIN HURRICANE CHRIS, SUCK ON THAT WITCHA BITCHASSES

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