Chris Brown is set to be featured in the October 14 issue of Jet. Excerpts of the cover story on the singer/rapper/actor reveal quotes regarding Trayvon Martin and Brown’s relationship with the press. During his interview, Brown also points out why he feels Jay Z gets a pass from “White America.”
“This is something I’ve been dealing with for the past maybe five years,” Brown says to Jet, according to CNN. “Anybody with a voice – Tupac, Michael Jackson, the Notorious B.I.G. – gets formatted…except maybe for Jay Z, who is accepted by White America because he shakes hands and kisses babies. No disrespect, because I’m a fan, but nobody brings up the fact that he stabbed somebody and sold drugs. He gets a pass.”
Brown, who had a rumored confrontation with Jay Z in 2012, is likely referring to the stabbing of Lance “Un” Rivera in his interview. Jay Z pled guilty to stabbing Rivera in 2001 and addressed the incident on The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse’s “I Did It My Way.”
“This nigga Un, yo, I scratched him,” Jay Z rhymes on the song. “He went home without an aspirin / But it’s cool cause we back friends / It happened and it’s over / It’s in the past and I’m glad / Now I’m back to being Hova.”
Chris Brown Identifies With Trayvon Martin, Says He Deals With Racism
Chris Brown reportedly feels that while Jay Z “gets a pass” from some despite having a past in drug trafficking, he has not been able to move beyond 2009, when he assaulted his then-girlfriend Rihanna. According to Brown, this has been difficult to deal with and has made his relationship with the media quarrelsome.
“I got to the point where it’s only so much you can take from the master,” Brown tells Jet in this cover story. “I’ve taken my fair share of lashings. I’ve dealt with the media. Instead of being an artist, I’ve been called a woman beater. I’ve been insulted in public and judged. And being able to not want to kill yourself at the end of the day is what made me say, ‘Fuck it.'”
Beyond his discussion regarding the media, Brown also details his perspective on racism in America in the upcoming issue of Jet.
“I identify with Trayvon 100 percent as far as living in 2013 and still dealing with blatant racism,” Brown says. This generation is so used to racism that it’s normal. We don’t care. We aren’t on drugs or catching AIDS, but they still look at us as niggas.”
The issue of Jet is set to be released today (September 23), according to Huffington Post. The cover can be viewed below.