In a news story published by the New York Post last week, Brooklyn, New York rapper Jay Z was referred to as an “ex-crack dealer.”

The publication used the label in the headline for their story about the rapper-turned-businessman’s meeting with Governor Andrew Cuomo, which was titled “Cuomo has policing powwow with rap mogul (and ex-crack dealer).”

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Jay Z reportedly met with Governor Cuomo to discuss reviewing the criminal justice system in the wake of the grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer responsible for the choking death of Eric Garner.

A spokesperson for Governor Cuomo addressed the meeting between the two in a statement released last week.

“Gov. Cuomo and Shawn ‘JAY Z’ Carter had a productive conversation about doing a top to bottom review of the criminal justice system and how we can all work together to pass a reform package that ensures equality in the eyes of the law,” Cuomo spokeswoman Melissa DeRosa said.

According to, Fox News also referenced Jay Z’s drug dealing past in the headline for their story about the rapper’s meeting with Governor Cuomo.

Neither Fox News nor the New York Post has apologized for their headlines.

In addition to Jay Z, Russell Simmons has also reportedly met with New York politicians to discuss matters concerning police brutality.

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