Following Jay Electronica’s performance at the 10th annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, Minister Louis Farrakhan has penned a letter offering his thoughts on the rapper.
During his set at the festival, Jay Electronica and a majority of those on stage with the New Orleans musician were clad in the uniform of the Fruit of Islam of The Nation of Islam, which Minister Farrakhan addressed directly in his letter.
Minister Farrakhan revealed that he was proud of those on stage with Jay Electronica and questioned the criticism the lyricist received due to his profanity.
“I am very proud of the Fruit of Islam (F.O.I.) and the Believers who stood with Brother Jay Electronica as he delivered what he delivered to the people gathered in Brooklyn at The Hip Hop Festival in New York,” Minister Farrakhan said in a letter posted on Final Call. “I understand that some criticized Brother Jay Electronica’s use of profanity while wearing the uniform of the Fruit of Islam (F.O.I.) of The Nation of Islam. I humbly and respectfully ask: Has any of us who have accepted Islam and its required high degree of moral excellence and civilization ever said or done anything that is less than representative of what we believe?
“I am sure that all of us, if we are honest, would have to say that we have,” he said. “Is the uniform that represents us as the Muslim Girls Training and General Civilization Class (M.G.T.) or F.O.I. more important than that which we say we believe and should represent 24 hours a day? If we violate our own teachings or make mistakes in how we handle our teachings and ourselves with respect to our moral teachings, do we not expect and desire Allah (God) to be forgiving and merciful to us, particularly if we petition for His forgiveness? Of course we do.”
Minister Farrakhan later addressed Jay Z presenting his Five-Percent Nation chain to Jay Electronica during his performance at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival.
“So, if someone offered me what Brother Jay Electronica was offered by Brother Jay Z, I too would accept it with the biggest smile on my face, for I too, as all of us in The Nation of Islam, are The Five Percent: Poor Righteous Teachers who are called to teach the 85 Percent, and free them from the chains of slavery and subservience as tools of the 10 Percent,” he said.
Despite those words from Minister Farrakhan, Jay Z recently faced criticism after he was pictured wearing a Five-Percent Nation chain.
Papoose called on Jay Z to attend a Five-Percent Nation event in Harlem while an alleged rep for the Five-Percent Nation told the New York Post that the Brooklyn lyricist “is not an active member” of the organization.