Jay-Z Slams Harry Belafonte, Tells Him to Respect ‘…Youngins Boy’

Jay Z responds to Harry Belafonte in a song on Magan Carta Holy Grail.

Nearly a year ago, Harry Belafonte publicly criticized Jay-Z and his superstar wife Beyoncé because they’ve “turned their back on social responsibility.” Beyoncé’s camp responded to the criticism almost immediately with an “abbreviated list of the unselfish work Beyoncé has done and continues to do.” The list included a $100K donation made in 2008. The singer’s husband, Jay-Z, was noticeably quiet following the criticism — until now.

Jay-Z finally responded to the famed Civil Rights/entertainment icon in a record titled “Nickels and Dimes” on his highly anticipated Magna Carta Holy Grail album. The rapper addresses Belafonte in the second verse of the song, telling his elder to respect youngins’. The specific lyrics that address Belafonte are in bold.

Sometimes I feel survivor’s guilt
I gave some money to this guy, he got high as hεll
Now I’m part of the problem far as I could tell
Did I do it for him or do it for myself
Can’t lie to myself
I love my níggas more than my own blood
I die for my níggas and I love my cub, hope that’s not fυcked up
I got a problem with the handouts, I took the man route
I’ll give an opportunity though, that’s the plan now
No guilt in giving clear a nígga conscience out
No guilt in receiving, every thing within reason
Can’t see it taking food out my little monster’s mouth
That’ll drive me gaga
Run up in your momma’s house, two nickels, one dime
Manslaughter charges, the lawyer, knocked it down
I’m just trying to find common ground
‘fore Mr. Belafonte come and chop a nígga down
Mr. Day O, major fail
Respect these youngins boy, it’s my time now
Hublot homie, two door homie
You don’t know all the shít I do for the homies

According to reputable hip-hop decoding website, RapGenius.com, Jay-Z is telling Belafonte that he [Harry Belafonte] does not know what he has done for the community. Jay-Z’s lyrics may appear to be more aligned with the right-wing Conservative’s point of view. He clearly detests “handouts” and expresses his primary interest in taking care of his own household. He also brags about the privilege riches gives a person, as noted in the lyric about having an attorney to “knock down” the manslaughter charges he’d attain after murdering the mother of a person who threatens his family’s well-being.

Dr. Boyce Watkins, who highlighted the divide between the two iconic entertainers in an op-ed for Your Black World, says that Jay-Z is the one who has to stand down in this situation.

“I know Jay-Z expects to be the king of all things, but Belafonte paved the way for Jay-Z to even exist,” said Dr. Watkins, who regularly refers to his mentors Min. Louis Farrakhan and Rev. Jesse Jackson.   “If Belafonte had shown the same selfishness as Jay-Z throughout his career, he wouldn’t be half the man he is today.  Jay-Z must respect this and NEVER refer to a grown a*ss black man as a ‘boy.'”

How do you feel about Jay-Z’s response to Harry Belafonte?

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  20. Immature and disrespectful……

  21. Jay Z was sooo disrespectful it made me cringe! What happened to respecting your elders.

  22. the decoding of the lyrics are sooooo wrong

  23. I’m bout to stick a **** in Jay-Z’s mouth with AIDS in it & turn em into a black cat with 8 lives, ya dig… This rap shit died when Nas bodied it, you can’t come to Africa “Boi Boi”, your $-centered Marriage seems to be helping in destroying the “New Black” … n I’m the young’n here, 20-yung. Seriously offended with some of these words … stick to the $ rap. That’s word to ALL my spirits.

  24. ‘m bout to stick a **** in Jay-Z’s mouth with AIDS in it & turn em into a black cat with 8 lives, ya dig… This rap shit died when Nas bodied it, you can’t come to Africa “Boi Boi”, your $-centered Marriage seems to be helping in destroying the “New Black” … n I’m the young’n here, 20-yung. Seriously offended with some of these words … stick to the $ rap. That’s word to ALL my spirits.

  25. It’s obvious that the culture of Hip Hop has created a morally and spiritually malnourished generation without roots to the past, ignorant to the struggles of past generations, and lack the social consciousness of artists like Paul Robeson, Harry Belafonte, Curtis Mayfield…. RESPECT!

    • agreed…disrespectful!Then, as would any arrogant,opportunistic, conservative numbnut, he exploits his cocky attitude for profit……… at Mr.Belafonte expense.

  26. It’s obvious that the culture of Hip Hop has created a morally and spiritually malnourished generation without roots and disconnected from the struggles of past generations.

  27. Anyone can donate money, but a true charitable person rolls up their sleeves and does the work! J and B have got to be the most ignorant couple I’ve ever heard of and it’ll only get worse because they have so much money. Maybe they should take the money to educate themselves! They have no concept of their history, no social responsibility…and if we are to earn any respect as a people, someone needs to tell J to stop using the n word and someone else needs to teach B how to carry herself like a lady, on and off the stage. You can take the rats out of the hood, but…

  28. Why does beyonce or JAY have to tell you or belafonte what causes he’s involved in. Belafonte was out of pocket talking about what others should do
    belafonte has so much wisdom , then why come at them in that manner?
    Then you want to be respected ?
    Get outta here ! Not after the disrespect you showed me
    Jay has a right to respond ( USA) remember ! Free speech !

  29. I wonder how much charity this website does? making money off of bashing successful people. I should just start slandering ya’ll since Ive never heard of you all helping anyone . based on your actions or lack there of i think its safe to assume you have done nothing for the black community except create further divide in efforts to generate traffic to your site. you should be ashamed of yourself.

  30. Its a lose, lose for Jayz. because if he publicizes his givings then he’s considered boastful and not sincere. and if he doesn’t publicize it, everyone assumes (including some of you idiots) that he doesn’t give anything. At the end of the day it was disrespectful for a black civil rights leader to call out a man who made his way from the projects, who came from nothing. He pretty much slapped him in his face on a white owned media outlet in front of white critics. He doesn’t know their personal financial dealings. he did it for a few dollars. He he really was concern, he should’ve sat with them and had a convo. Im sure they wouldve been honored to sit and listen. You just dont go out saying irresponsible things like that without proof. Keep peoples name out of your mouth and focus on your own legacy. NONE of us know what Jayz and Beyonce do in the way charity. Jayz did a madison square gardens concerts and gave the proceeds to the families who lost loved ones in 9-11. Belefonte didn’t bring things like that up and i doubt he has ever made a contribution of that magnitude…and thats just one thing he’s done. This is a person from the hood that wasn’t given anything. Drugs and violence were his means of escaping poverty. Let him be great #factsonly

  31. Jay Z needs to remember that he would not be where he is today if the elders had not paved the way for him. Harry Bellefonte, Sydney Poiter. All of them. He did not get there on his own. God blessed you to get out from under the drug scene and put you in a better position to raise your daughter and have a beautiful family. Never forget where you came from.

  32. Like the bible says, it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to get into heaven. Jay Z at all times should respect his elders, that’s the problem of youth today they have an I don’t care about anything or anyone attitude,I got mine so go get yours. You don’t have to respond to everything someone else says.If you get mad then there must be some truth in what was said. You get respect when you deserve respect. God can always take what’s on top and put it on the bottom. Anyone that calls themself Hova almost like Jehovah God has some kind of I think I’m better than everyone else attitude anyway. He is simply a black man that God has shown favor and its up to him to prove he’s worthy.

  33. I am so glad that money doesn’t buy “CLASS”…

    HIP HOP is a subculture created by the minions of the ruling classes to keep Blacks trapped in a cycle of ignorance, violence and spiritual poverty…

    Modern day slavery under-girded by rapacious form of capitalism and brainwashing by “UNCLE TOMS” and house niggas* who can’t even string 2 words together in a proper sentence…

    No wonder Black folks are hopelessly doomed with the kinda’ role models that are out there!!!

  34. One has to excuse Jz and Beyonce (Ms bow down B$tches) way for thinking, the way they do. He’s rich and He is finally treated like man by his former white masters, regardless of how his race is viewed. Just as long as they respect him. Key word here is “just as long”, like just as long as he and his wife can afford their respect, and just as long as they are rich enough to Maintain that respect.. The moment that wealth gone or reduced to a certain level, their former master will adjust accordingly..

  35. I have never liked jayz anyway and he has just shown me that I was right. He is just a boy playing games with his toys. Divide and conquer, I bet he has not read a REAL BOOK ever. Get a years worth of REAL HISTORY books and read them BOY. Jayz is fictional and when the MAN is ready to bring his azz down .”the bigger they are the harder they fall”

    Y BELAFONTE! YOU’D BE ANOTHER NIGGA DRUGS TO UR PEOPLE-WITHOUT THE PROTECTION OF INTERNATIONAL NAME AND SPINELESS, GREEDY LAWYERS! RAP ON THAT! You doin for your community is not something you should expect praise for…..Just Do It! At least he can say his WHOLE career was positive……CAN YOU?????? I think not!!!

  37. Nathaniel Barrino

    From the mouth of JZ, Mr. Harry Belafonte is a Boy, how sad!! Through Mr. Belafonte’s blood, sweat and tears, the birth of your struggles, success, as well as many others; was very strenuously paved. Before you attempted to define such an iconic, great man of total wisdom, you should have first reversed that “Boy” word, to “Yob”, then approached your mirror.

    Yob: “n. Brit. Slang. a teenage lout or hooligan”.
    In essence, Money and contributions can’t mature us, but respect speaks volumes and will carry us far. Look up (YOB), then apologize to Mr. Belafonte, ’cause whether you think so or not, you owe him much!!.

  38. I’m SO tired of the overinflated, egotistic, cream-of-the-mediocre couple that is Beyoncé and JayZ. They got rich off of being just, OK. And now somehow they’re like, royalty? Please. This just proves that in reality they’re two ignorant a$$es that can afford fancy clothes and a good make-up job. So boring.

    • I will remind the young ones of the biblical saying ‘The lord loveth whom he chastises’ Obviously Mr Bellafonte has some hope that this young man can grow and learn or he would not have bothered to make the comment.However apparently if you have obtained enough of Babylons money however you have attained it,you think that it it puts you beyond criticism. Today the system encourages the unlearned to acquire tons of money so their ignorant voices may be heard. So they can pretend they represent a community. Where I come from we say that if you are a fool in a benz you are just a fool driving in comfort. You are proud that you can pay someone to make you not account for your actions i.e. manslaughter, then you are choking in your own filth whether you recognize it or not. You are of African origin learn to respect the wisdom of your elders who have loved and served in ways that are obviously beyond your understanding. MONEY DOES NOT MAKE YOU ANY BETTER THAN YOU ARE. My advice which I am sure will be ignored, go study your history which is not available in crackhouses or in the adulation of those who worship at the alter of money.Then maybe the disrespectful lyrics the white man loves to hear and pay for will be replaced by something uplifting like the folk lyrics of Day O which by the way is about hard working people in the banana industry in the great island of JAMAICA where Mr Belafonte was born in a community not far from where a true musician ROBERT NESTA MARLEY was also born. GROW UP JZ YOU WILL DIE AND LEAVE ALL THAT YOU THINK YOU OWN BEHIND.


  39. Jay-Z and Beyoncé need to take a step back and apologize and respect Mr. Belafonte. As many before acknowledged their success may not have happened with the magnitude it has if it has not been for Mr. Belafonte and so many other famed Black artists that helped change the world in the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and still are changing and have an impact on where we are as a Black race in this world. What social causes the Carter’s have contributed money to is nice and great tax deduction’s for the gazzillions they are making. But how about marching side by side, how about showing up to make a difference. Where were they during Trevon Martin’s case. Money can do and buy many wonderful things but those are just things. And can be here today gone tomorrow. Showing up, making your presence felt, USING YOUR HEART, not your money, touching a life, holding a hand, walking, marching, being here not there, now that makes a difference. Mr. Belafonte has spent his entire life making a difference, if I were The Carter’s his shoes are the one’s I would want to fill.

  40. They’re bragging about having given some woman’s charity 100k as if that was a significant sacrifice by the number one rated highest payed Hollywood couple. Billionaires bragging about giving away crumbs off their table, gimme a fkin break.

  41. Shame, Shame, Shame, Shame. This is so very sad. Not only did Mr Belafonte make it possible for the Jay Z’s of the world, so did all of us. All the successful African American women & men who were able to be successful after & because of Mr Belafonte. Jay Z disgraces all of us. I’ve seen some of Jay Z’s philanthropical attempts in the past but what makes all that for naught is the ignorant Ass lyrics he uses in this song. There was no reason to respond like a bafoon he is a master of his craft & he should have responded with intelligence and defended his choices with respect. It makes me sad to see how easy it is for our “youth” to forget about the blood sweat & tears that were shed to enable them to have the opportunity to be & get where they are. Along with them have the gaul to say that they are not willing to shed some of that blood sweat & tears to help the next generation to rise. Crabs in a barrel syndrome when will we rise above this for good. Don’t these “youngins” know that, thats what keeps us still being killed in the streets like animals with no worth, cause the crab next to you wants to pull you down or won’t offer any assistance cause he so silly he wants to get to the boiling pot first. And the ultimate disrespect addressing Mr Belafonte as a Boy SAD!!!!!!!!!

    • Actually he did, the whole song is about his perspective on charity etc and it is quite an intelligent/profound response.

      Of course, most of the people upset here seem to be concerned with the couplet more so than the meaning of what he is actually saying.

      IMO, nothing demanding for respect from someone who clearly does not think you deserve it.

  42. We need positive African American images all day long and they are at http://www.historyonvideo.net.

    Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, mentor of Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “Blacks can never gain political or economic fighting among ourselves.” Dr. King said: “When the slaves get together this is the beginning of getting out of slavery.” Dr. Mays also said: “If there is anything we have learned from history, is that we have learned nothing from history.” We, collectively as a race, still, don’t know our own history as African Americans, so, the Trayvon Martin tragedies will continue because our in-fighting makes us too weak and divided to fight our enemy. Jayz and Mr. Belafonte won’t even sit down and look at each other face-to-face and talk over their issues with each other. One responds on a CD so he does not even know if Mr. Belafonte heard what he had to say. Mr. Belafonte should have called Jayz on the phone and told him how he felt. But no, he spoke to a reporter who reported what he was told. Perhaps Mr. Belafonte was misquoted. We don’t know. Jayz does not know either.

    Our immaturity as a race continues to cost us dearly, and other people pick us apart for power.

  43. I am utterly shocked of this response from Jay-Z which shows just how disrespectful and unlearned he can be to an icon who chose to FIGHT the cause to make it possible for him to be where he is today. He needs to call Mr. B. and apologize for his disrespectful response and join with Mr. B. and become a responsible professional to help improve race relations in this country.

  44. hov is a master mc but this icon mr belafonte is a legend this is a case of youngster needing to learn to respect his elders we have to some times slow down and stay quite and listen to what our elders are saying they were here before we existed so who are we to tell our elders what to do hmmmmm ?

  45. If you were all that Jay Z you would of wrote a song about Travon and his murder and given the proceeds to the family so they could have had a better team to put Zimmermen under the jail.

  46. Someone said that Harry Belonfonte who is 83 is never respected Hip Hop and spoke out of turn..Certainly this is not the same Harry belofonte who produced one of Hip Hop’s first movies Beat Street…

    certainly this is not the same Harry Belfonte who at age 80 is down in LA making sure gang members have their own coffee shops and opportunity to move upward.. Folks need to look up the work he’s done with the Gathering..

    The Harry Belefonte I know was taking MILLIONS of dollars of his own money and making sure MLK and others were bailed out of jail and had money to make noise..Folks need to hear the stories of Belfonte traveling in the Jim crow south with suitcases of money to KKK infested areas to get his people out of jail after they were beaten and jailed for sitting at lunch counters and fighting for voter rights..

    Belafonte is a true G who never spoke out of turn.. Jay-Z didn’t dis Robert Denaro who stepped to him hard.. No reason to dis Mr B.. he should’ve took it and kept it moving..

  47. When you think that selling millions of records, disks, mp3s, 4s, and 5s puts you in the same category with people who risked their lives to improve the existence of everyone on planet earth then something is wrong with your ass! Jay hasn’t had dogs sicked on him for a Godly cause, been spat on, dealt with insurmountable odds and had many of his own people (despite doing it for them) doubt the power of the mission. Rising up from the crack hood to Hollywood and board meetings at Rockefeller Center is quite an accomplishment but Harry Belafonte was a part of something that improved the lives of all Americans from a legal, social, cultural and political stand point. That is something his music, or his wife’s for that matter, has yet to do…if it ever does get to that point!

  48. Oh and if you lot took the time to understand the culture you will actually realize that in some way, Jay’s lyrics actually expressing a level hurt ..

    “fore Mr. Belafonte come and chop a nigga down” – is simply saying; **don’t cut me down before I have a chance to fully blossom, I’m doing my best the best way I know how.**

    The hiphop language is brazen but not necessarily disrespectful and JayZ has normally addressed all his critics throughout his illustrious career via his Music/Albums so this is no different.

    He goes on to express his desire for RESPECT. In essence, Mr. Belafonte has already judged the man’s character without ever saying a word to him in person. That is a form of profiling. Think about that, judging a man without having any personal interaction with him is PROFILING – JUDGMENTAL …

  49. Mr. Belafonte’s generation never respected Rap/HipHop. They constantly bashed the genre and criticized it endlessly. All you older folk just did was criticize from your high horses about Civil Rights this Civil Rights that… Every generation has it’s own struggle and instead of thumbing your noses at the youth for their misguided ways, maybe you guys should do some self examination about how it is that us younger folk are also resisting your criticisms.

    With particular respect to this issue, I was also taught by my grandfather that if you don’t want a dog to lick your face, do not play with it.. Meaning, Mr. Belafonte has/had the pedigree to reach out to these two he perceives as possessing some form of power to help the black community by speaking directly to them. Publicly criticizing them naturally puts any proud man on the defensive.

    Regardless of what you feel about Jay-Z and his wife, they represent to hiphop culture the best example of success that they can relate to. Key word is RELATE. So after constantly pushing the youth away with brazen criticisms of their culture and not really extending a helping hand, they define for themselves what it means to be successful and then you lot now wanna come and demand their respect? It is a shame how we tear down each other publicly for the silliest reasons and you older folk should know better and so should have Mr. Belafonte. AGAIN, what JayZ and Beyonce choose to use their celebrity for is entirely their prerogative and no one has the right to dictate to them what and how to do it. Remove the speck from yours first but it seems easier to preach than it is to do the deed. My generation has a different world view and until older folk learn to respect our adulthood instead of admonishing us like we are some toddlers with no sense, our responses will always have a hint of abrasiveness to it..

    • The shame is that so many young Black singers, rappers, athletes, and even actors who are rolling in their money have no desire to help and support the communities they came from. My father was very involved in the civil rights struggle but he also helped his own community out of his own pocket and we were not rich. Just think how much it would enrich poor Black communities if these famous rich Black people started after school programs to encourage our children to strive for education. Or started a music or acting program and provided the instruments how many more talented Black children would we see. Maybe donate full ride scholarships so poor/middle class Black don’t have to come out of college in a financial hole. Once you make it pay it back into your community after all it’s tax deductible. Love your people not just yourself, your many houses, your many cars, your boxes of jewelry. As a people we are down trodden but we can rise up by helping each other especially if you have the means.

  50. jay-z n dat huchie koochie mama bot need to git back on track .. day done got so big headed .. i understand bot miss bonunce .. from using all dat bleach has really effected her brains .. wit her no talking ghetto self .. she need to spend some money on sum speech classes …

    seriously, “it is best to remain. silent, then to speak and confirm without a doubt of suspension. how dumb you are” …

  51. yolanda;s right.. hes still has the ghetto approach of handling things….its not a hiphop battle its a legendary black person just tryin to get him to take notice on how to do thigs,.. its alot of pressure on artist these days but its no excuse for how jay z handled it..

  52. Respect is due to Mr Belafonte. It’s not about money it’s about setting examples and taking the time to fight for a cause and seeing it to the end. He never called his followers Niggas and Bitches he respected his followers. I don’t care how much money you give out. It’s mostly to help your butts at the end of the year IT’S CALLED A TAX WRITE OFF.

    The only time you see the Carters are when they are trying to sell there crap. I never brought or will buy anything they make. Once we stop giving our money to them they will start respecting us.

  53. Mr Balafonte has earned the right to respect. Give him his best due at all time.

  54. i think jay z song sounds so ignorant, just because he is out of the ghetto, he still sounds ghetto. i am disappointed in this song and the references of hb in it. jay z sounds selfish and no one when they die can take all that money with them. i feel he is no king, just another project thug who made it out of the projects by rapping and cursing in songs. i do not view him as an real artist

  55. The..” ego’s”.. of prominent Black celebrities, such as the Jay Z’s of the world. And their own ignorance, of the detrimental power they have exuded in influencing the minds of Black youth in the 21st century is an abomination. They are the most dangerous type of Black American. The type that does not realize that they are mentally enslaved. They constantly reap the fruits of our ancestors rich fields…. while leaving dead seeds behind in the dirt. It is a sad commentary on our culture to see any Blacks supporting this….step’in fetch it’s…. musical endeavors. He has been asked by many to stop using derogatory lyrics. And, in front of millions on Opera’s forum….Jay Z, said he would… continue… to use the “N” word. If this word is to be used . it should be done so responsibly, and acknowledged only in an educational or historical context of past literature and museums to explain the heinous and oppressive conditions from which it was derived. Perhaps one day… Jay Z may find himself in a racially precarious situation…not too unlike that of James Byrd in Jasper Texas. Imagine that,…. Jay Z, alone in the dark on a country road with the fanatical Arian Brotherhood chasing him and calling him his coveted “N word” or…. boy!!!!…. just as he so disrespectfully addressed Mr. Belafonte. Yes… O’l… Jay better get to Stepp’in fast……because in the real world on that lonely racist road…. $$$$$$$…. won’t save yo life.

  56. How unfortunate. Clearly a man who does not respect his elders. Not even one who made his wealth possible. His traveling to Cuba demonstrates his lack of cultural & social history. These are two clear offenses. He has a talent & lacks character.Hopefully he will gain wisdom & understand money doez not make you a man. Mr Belafonte was willing to risk it all for what he believed in. He never belittled or degraded anyone. He still stands tall w/ gr8 charactdr & dignity. Jay should shut up, sit down & take notez

  57. jayz and beyonce’ are soooo overrated filled with false humility. i say quit buying and supporting their tours. They want attention when they want to promote something then hide after they have revealed it. FORGET BOTH OF THEM. Jay z thinks he is God and Beyonce is the whore of Babylonia.

  58. Hip Hop has come a long way,and not without the influence and blessings of those that laid the foundation. Thanks Jay,for showing your ass. I for one will be looking at your fall from so-called grace. You’ll appreciate the same face you spit in because we supported you,and there ain’t no I in we.

  59. I wish this camel would take his blood money and go away. He’s nothing but the devil. I don’t understand how or why he has been put on the pedestal as some successful rapper turned business man. He’s not. He cheated.

    There’s nothing commendable about slanging dope and killing off your own people for start-up money. If all black entrepreneurs took that route, most would be dead or in jail. He just got lucky.

    There’s nothing commendable about setting up your homies to get raided by feds to shut down a distribution business so that blacks would have more control over their entertainment properties and money. That’s being a snake.

    And there’s nothing commendable or respectful in helping to push people out of their homes and businesses just so that he can make a killing off of their plight.

    He has more than enough nerve to say anything remotely negative towards Mr. Belafonte or any other elderly black who paved the way for his ugly self to be where he is. What coward disses a legendary black icon in some wack ass rap song? Be a man and address him face-to-face. Better yet, get out there in the trenches and do something instead of lazily writing a check.

    Uuugh, I can’t with this fraud.

  60. IN THE WORD’S OF NAS F__K JZ big lip sucker ugly motherf–ker,materialism is your only brother ,you still use nigga and wear hilfilger and watch out one day someone may pull the trigger.I would say you were a good rapper ,but I would be lying stealing from biggie,pac ,krs and so many others you left me crying.your never be the greatest and I’ll tell you why because when open your mouth everything’s a big fat ass LIE!JZ recognize and respect those that paid the way homemade nigga as you say.never ever disrespect people like Mr.B!punk (cracker wanna be)

  61. Tawana M. Williams

    If not for Mr. Belafonte and others of his time; JayZ, Beyonce, Lil Wayne, etc would not be where they are today. They are ignorant and disrespectful of their elders. Mr. Belafonte paid his dues and theirs to; JayZ should be ashamed of himself. I’m disgusted with the whole lot of them. SMH

  62. The ego of prominant Black celebreties such as Jay z and their ignorance of how


  64. Jay-Z obviously has no respect for those who have gone before him and made it possible for him and Beyoncé to have what they have. Had it not been for people like Mr. Belafonte paving the way, Jay-Z would just be another fool on the block. He is nothing compared to the likes of Mr. Belafonte and others who gave so much to the cause for black people and the betterment of our lives.

  65. Why did Jay-Z feel that he had to respond that way? What he is telling his young fans that when your ELDER says something you don’t like or is incorrect THIS is the way you should respond!!!! It’s that “STAND YOUR GROUND” mentality that got Trayvon KILLED. What ever happened to humility and respect? Z is sending the wrong message and he’s getting paid for it!!!! Why not invite MR. B to dinner to have a conversation and maybe the 2 of them on Jay-Z’s CD saying/doing something positive showing we as BLACK people can agree to disagree without any animosity toward each other.

  66. open letter to Jay-Z & Beyonce

    “its not what you do… it’s how you do it”

    giving back to the community does not mean
    you are only obligated to give money.

    it also means being responsible for your actions.
    how you contribute to your community. how you
    continue to respect that which you came from
    and those who sacrificed before you so that you
    may benefit in the future.

    giving back isn’t spelled out with simple money.
    it is about how we respect and create examples
    that uplift our community’s sprit and sense of

    am sure you can understand the system we live in
    also consumes us in positive and negative ways.

    “sacrifice is not a music video or tabloid paper cover
    it is an uplifting example not a self serving tax write off”

  67. I feel like Harry Belafonte spoke out of turn and dude has been around for a long time. He was wrong and he is a very big boy and well capable of defending himself. He is beyond capable of speaking up for himself. If it was me, and my voice was prominent and whatnot. I would stay out of that, because it is grown man business, grown man conversation and there are two grown men having it. When people get in the disagreements that others are having and interject with their opinions and what have you’s, on my block we call that instigating. You might get whooped on the block for instigating. So I am so hood like T-pain. I’m gonna call it instigating and tell a mark to mind their own business.

    • You saying “Belafonte spoke out of turn” gives a stark demonstration of how lost this generation is.

      • and why are they lost Eric? could it possibly be because of their parents or LACK there of…..Lets see here, Jay Z is 43 or so Harry is 70 get my point? I’m sure Harry could have done a better job raising a “youngin” like Jay Z, but I also think Jay Z did a hell of a job making his own way. My point is, don’t always point at the young people for acting like heathens in a situation when they haven’t been trained better by Harry’s generation. It starts at home.

    • Cme on Bruh. I dont care how old and rich you get. We should never be to “big” or “grown” to gain insight from those that have gone before us and PAVED the way. The “ones” that made the rough road smooth and the winding paths staight. Being a little bit humble at times will make us much larger men.

    • Malik, I don’t know you but to make an assumption about you & your age would be wrong. But to simply say that Mr. Belafonte spoke out of turn is ludicrous to say the least. Whenever our elders speak, it’s not out of turn. They speak on things that are wrong or on things that probably doesn’t make sense to them. I don’t think you have a clue of what Mr. Belafonte represents for you to say he spoke out of turn. Jay, on the other hand has always been subliminal in his messages to people through music. And for you to say that this is a grown man’s conversation is just plain stupid on your behalf. Mr. Belafonte may not have the money Jay has, but I can assure you that he’s waaaaaay grown past where the level of being grown of where Jay is at. I don’t think you understand what it is to be grown or the concept of it. Bottom line, Jay was wrong for calling him a boy. Mr. Belafonte is an icon in our circles and deserves to be treated as such. Jay wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Mr. Belafonte and his activism. His whole career was based on uplifting a people. Can you say the same about Jay??…As far as I’m concerned, I don’t hate his wealth, but he’s only out to look out for his family and himself. One day the fresh flow of oxygen will stop from his lungs and then what….Yea I know, can’t take a dime with you and I got your mind speechless!!!!!

  68. The race isn’t over and will never be until there is total and complete equality globally – period!

    To those great leaders and visionaries of our past and present ‘we salute you’.

    Fact, our ancestors have had to fight very hard and in many cases willingly give up their own life so that today we could have and afford the privileges that most of us have and enjoy in life today, this should Never be ‘forgotten far less disrespected. Black people have struggled through way too much in life, from one generation to the next consistently passing on the baton only for it to stop here at this generation? Bottom line, no one really cares or is interested in what secret society, church, social network membership or group your’e part of, just do your part and continue running the race that our ancestors started and paved the way before you and I took our very first breath in this world, so that you today could be the person that uses your platform and resources for a better cause.

    Jay Z, Beyonce and for that matter anyone other well to do mover and shaker of our generation that has the opportunity to make a stand, ‘Respect’ your elders, never loose sight of the bigger picture, and just remember that you to will be an elder one day who may not have the voice that you have right now… just like those who have gone before you and opened the door giving you the opportunity to become the man/woman you are today!

    We’er watching you – do the right thing and make peace with Mr H Belafonte, Show the example to our younger’s!

  69. Harry Belafonte musical icon, political, and social activist.Understanding the man and his
    life’s mission you must first appreciate he has always stood on the side of justice.

    He has lived everyone of those nine lives verbalizing his political thoughts, feelings and social perspectives.

    So why would he change now?

    Mr. Belafonte has been an activist since the early days of the civil rights movement.In My Song, he recalls something his mother told him when he was 5. He calls it his “Rosebud moment.” “The severity of poverty kept us all deeply preoccupied with our survival,” Belafonte says. “And nobody had survival skills and greater cunning than did my mother. She was tenacious about her dignity not being crushed. And one day she said to me — she was talking about coming back from the day when she couldn’t find work — fighting back tears, she said, ‘Don’t ever let injustice go by unchallenged.’ And that really became a deep part of my life DNA. A lot of people say to me, ‘When as an artist did you decide to become an activist?’ I say to them, ‘I was long an activist before I became an artist.’ ”

    I both honor and admire Mr.Belafonte and every-time he speak I listen with intent and try to act upon his wisdom. Not many elders left today who are willing to stand up and speak out about political and social issues in the world.

    Did I mention he’s 86 years young! He has packed enough life into those 86 years for ten people.

  70. “A Camel Could Never Go Head to Head with a Bull”!
    Just because Jay Z, was given some money by corporate america, to be a brainwashing puppet and a “Illuminati Poster Boy”, doesn’t grant him any right, let alone his opinion to even be considered “worth listening to or duly noted”. He (Jay Z) IS A TRAITOR!
    Had it not been for the grind of Rap Artist Mr. Jaz-O, Mr. Damon Dash and Mr. Kareem “Biggs” Burke, the world would not have even known nor ever heard of Jay Z, but just like a House Nigger, when the runaways were seeking their own independence and freedom, Mr. Jay Z, signs with the same ” Massa & Devils” that didn’t believe in his music in the first place.
    Did You know that, “The Devil can Grant People with Gifts Too”?
    So, now he’s (Jay Z) is suppose to be a “Rap Icon, a Legend, a Humanitarian, a Pioneer” and people are to respect his opinion?
    Had it not been for the Journey, Sacrifices, Voice & Life of Mr. Belafonte, House Niggers like Jay Z, Couldn’t have Even Been Able to Come Off the Porch!
    Mr. Belafonte has had Rocks Thrown at Him, has been Jailed, Slandered, Ridiculed, Turned Down Corporate America’s Money, All in the Sake of Gaining Justice & Equality for Our People & Jay Z, Compares His “Hood Contributions” on the Same Caliber as Mr. Belafonte?
    If the Notorious B.I.G. or Tupac Shakur were Both Still Alive, Mr. Jay Z Wouldn’t Have Been a Lightbulb to Screw In and Shine on Himself, Let Alone a Career! But, I’m Sure He Thanks “His Fallen Angel & 33rd Degree Master Masons”, Everyday, for Allowing Those 2 “Hip Hop Icons” not to Still Be Alive.
    In Conclusion,
    “A Fool and His Money Shall Soon Depart and What Profit a Man to Gain the World, Only to Loose His Soul”, Mr. Belafonte’s Legacy is not Even Worth a Rebuttal to Jay Z’s Ignorance and Arrogance!
    Mr. Belafonte has been Out of the Spotlight for Over 40 Years, Yet We Still Know His Contributions as If He Just Marched with Martin Luther King Jr. on Yesterday…..
    So, You Tell Me Who’s Life was and Is Worth True Reverence and Adoration?
    That’s What Makes a “Holy Grail”!

    • That message needs to be heard


    • Amen! There is so much negativity attached to J. In the videos, the symbols he uses…He needs to stand down. Belafonte is a brother who is monumentaly significant to our history, and our progress. But as usual, money and perceived power blinds and causes people to think they have arrived. Jz hasn’t even cleared the first mile, and any power he has was given by a fickle industry that loves to build you up then tear you down.

  71. “abbreviated list of the unselfish work Beyoncé has done and continues to do.” The list included a $100K donation made in 2008. that a a drop in the Barrel . How much is Jay Z and Beyonce worth Mr Belafonte is right !!! Bill Cosby gave up millions, Oprah gives up millions. Stevie Wonder put his career on hold. Muhammed Ali risk it all Who was a drug dealer ? “You don’t know all the shít I do for the homies ” . I see many of you defend Jay Z. Drugs help kill the community.”You don’t know all the shít I do for the homies” I know 1 thing you did. to young to know the sacrifices that were made by our elders. thats what you need to respect the Old Men. No you don’t get it Jay Z you could be doing more. Most of Jay Z generation are still stuck on Bling enjoying the good life that our elders(Men like Belafonte fought hard for) the battle is not over we saw that in Texas and Florida( dragging death of James Byrd)What is Stevie Wonder up to ? ask Stevie,Bill Cosby,or Oprah have you’ve done enough ?.Don’t get it twisted Jay Z ain’t in this by himself and he has been considered to have made Contributions Just that he could do better .we all could

  72. Just like Obama you are a Rothchild BITCh

  73. Disrespectful….a rich chump who does not know his history and is not prepared to be a leader, he is still calling himself and those his loves niggas! Please!

    • Totally disrespectful and morally ignorant. But it does express about the same level of wisdom he expresses when he uses the word ‘nigga’. It further proves and highlights for me, in truth, his disrespect for our people. I’ve found that the guys I’ve heard use this term don’t seem express real respect for black people. A black person who would be this disrespectful to Harry Belafonte IS the kind of person who would use nigga. I don’t think it’s just a coincidence.

  74. It appears as if Jay-Z missed Civil Rights 101, and the true meaning of moving forward. While making millions can buy you many things a strong character is not one of them. True character knows when to take constructive criticism and make improvements to the things you are attempting to achieve. Jay-Z, let me suggest you apologize to Mr. Belafonte, then call a meeting with him and other civil rights leaders from the past. Share ideas on how to use your celebrity to bridge a needed gap. There is a lot you, your wife and other entertainers like you can learn from these gentlemen. (Giving your $ is good but not enough.) Without young, and strong leadership we as a people are doomed. You have made yours, now your generation needs positive leadership. Just look @ the FL situation, now is the time.

    • Absolutely. It been a long time since Jay-z’s ego was challenged in any meaningful way. The way he chose to respond may have worked in the past with other rappers or figures less notable than Mr. Belafonte’s. People are crying out for leaders. He has just proven himself to ignorant and narcissistic for the task.

    • Absolutely. It been a long time since Jay-z’s ego was challenged in any meaningful way. The way he chose to respond may have worked in the past with other rappers or figures less notable than Mr. Belafonte’s. People are crying out for leaders. He has just proven himself too ignorant and narcissistic for the task.

      • I agree. I think that’s why he’s been built up the way he has. They talk about Jay Z like he’s a legend in his own time, but I think he’s being built up like that because he has little to offer of substance to the Black community. He’s no threat, he won’t seriously use his position/standing to benefit/or call attention to the plight of African Americans in a way that’ll be an issue for those in charge. They know he’ll be fine with soaking up the fame and money.

    • Thank you for truly gracing every aspect of the nature that can be worked through & healed together. Florida, Oakland, CA, where I reside all need hope and leadership role models, that walk their talk. I see so much violence across this nation, so many people of color against one another, and being locked up. The amount of media it’s self that perpetuates more intensity amongst our communities is like blasting trauma onto our children all hours of the day & night. I know that my comment went around the block so to speak, but that is what I see in life, while many in the spotlight may profit off how “rough” it gets out there. I have been to too many of our youths funerals, both by gang violence & by being gunned down by the police department. ” I thought he had a weapon.” Mr. Belafonte does deserve a sincere apology. Thank you, Kathryn

  75. Jay-Z is a sad example of what “The Man” wants all young black men to be like and think like. Totally clueless, ignorant of how the effort of others made it easier for him. Totally disconnected from his peeps (see previous comment about Marcy projects incident). Yakking about his riches (really tired)Dude is so clueless he is bashing HBelafonte now and POTUS previously. Just like the Man wants him to do his business for him. Pure Sucker

  76. Jay Z don’t care! Why would he come and perform in Philly at a big outdoor concert for people with money and a couple days afterwards, most of our children in our public school system will be without a school.

    He should had told our Mayor Nutter that he decline to perform here until they put our children first.

  77. I wish that Harry Belafonte would have elaborated on what he feel Beyonce and JayZ should contribute besides the music they make. Are there programs for the youth? What does Mr. Belafonte feel should be done by the mogul couple?

    • It is not Mr. Belefonte’s responsibility to list solutions to an incredibly complex problem such as black oppression. By suggesting this, you are essentially saying that Jay-Z and his wife, in all of their wealth and access, are helpless. That they are in no better position than you or I, or even the 86 year-old man whose popularity and relevance doesn’t compare to theirs, to contribute to the movement against oppression. To suggest this means that you have accepted their willful ineptitude and your own cynicism that wills you to believe we nothing can be done.

    • I guess I’m proud to say that I have been a loyal fan of Jay Z’s music right from the start. I believed his lyrically style was ingenious and only one or to others could compare!!! (in the 90’s) As I approach my 50th birthday in 2014, I can honestly say ” I have endured!!! Well so has Jay Z… No one really knows what he does for the community at large simply because he has been generally quiet about his personal life throughout his career. Consequently, I would admonish Jay Z about his responce directed towards`such an icon as Harry Belafonte. They say when you know better, you will do better. Please instruct the “youngin” what it is they think he needs to do!!

  78. I think Jay-Z needs to apologize to a man who have done so much for this country, most likely before he was born. Went a man like Mr. Harry Belafonte who have done more for this country, Black America, for all people than you can dream of speaks, TOU SHUT THE HELL UP.

    I don’t care how much money you have, it’s all about RESPECT, he’s your elder.

  79. After,all is said, and done,are u people,still going to his music??? I am 67 years old,and in my day,we would boycott the hell out of his ass. that’s where he’s on his way. he could never be the man H B is,he sacrificed his life, and his career for the rights of black people. His morals was worth more to him than money. they don’t make him anymore. in my opinion most of so -call hip hop was a curse, not a revolution in black music,for the most part, it was the work of satan.as black people, we always made music through our spirit,joy, and pain,but we never had to stoop so low as to disrespect, our women, to call them, hoes,and the b word, that’s not our music,that’s the work of satan, on his belly,and on his hind legs. know thy enemy,and his couriers. money, won’t save your sold. that’s why u can’t take it with u.

  80. Jay just doesn’t seem to get it. Greatness has nothing to do with money. Instead of taking the advice of a Black leader he chose to critic him and make himself look larger than life by calling Mr. Belafonte a boy. I think this could all be cleared up by Jay formally apologizing and joining the cause.

  81. I wonder what Obama and J talk about?! Obama should give him some background on Black history. I’m just surprised that Obama has that kind of contact with him. Do they really have anything in common, or did Obama just need the money for his re-election? Will they still be in contact after his term is up? Makes me wonder….

  82. Jay-z it is better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Money does not buy class; it is apparent you do not know the history of Mr. Belafonte and his humanitarian contributions to the WORLD

  83. Most of these rappers don’t involve themselves in our movement because they have created a past of horrible negative actions that discredit them and would therefore discredit an honorable movement. They have boxed themselves into a corner where they can serve few in view of long term value or short term for that matter. So all they can do is really add to the problem because honorable people trying to do what is right have to overcome the constant destruction of character these rappers cloud our Black culture with…

    • Keepitreal05 – You truly kept it real! Very well put! You covered the waterfront!

      Jay Z is the topic here, but ALL young entertainers need to assess (look it up young people) whether or not their music, their artistry in whatever medium, is serving our “community’s needs” or the desires of another community to keep us down to the point of extinction.

      They need to understand that we elders are not their enemies, but can be their “technical advisors”, their guides to the holes and ditches and curves in the road! “The road”, really, NEVER CHANGES.

  84. Harry was great in history if you feel bad for him know his story, read his book. google it… But Jigga say soo much live *ish why would Belafonte even be a tatget in this arena. Within 3 words of this he said Hublot. Thats a $50,000 watch, so why not elaborate on that.

  85. The higher you climb,the harder you fall

  86. Out of line! SMDH

  87. Its an abomination, the lack of respect for a world icon such as Mr. Belafonte. Someone needs to educate Shawn on this man. Harry Belafonte sacrificed his movie career and possibly millions he may have earned so there could be a Jay Z! I would challenge Shawn to do the same. Or at least start giving our youth positive messages to listen to. He no longer needs to dance to the record mogals tune!

  88. Mr. Belafonte was absolutely correct for calling out the two most influential people in hip hop culture. As much as the Carter’s contribute monetarily (which is expected from a celebrity), nothing replaces the amount of positive influence they can put behind a message. A check can be written and cashed in 5 minutes, but using your power to make a difference and be dedicated to a cause makes all the difference. Maybe someone should tell the Carter’s to do more than write checks that also double as tax deductions in their favor and actually stand for a cause. Shame on JAY for disrespecting an elder that paved the way for his entertainment career.

  89. JAY-Z is not eligible to tie the shoes of Belafonte, let alone to try and one-up him. Were it not for Black men like Harry Belafonte, Jay-Z would have to get a real job.If he only understood his history and realized that having bank in America for a Blackman is useful only if the $$ is used to futher the advance of your people. Wake up Jay-Z and Jay-Z worshippers.


      Dr John Henrik Clarke
      Dr Amos Wilson
      Dr Booker T Coleman

      ALL AVAILABLE FOR FREE on youtube…see and hear them before they are pulled down! You know we don’t own youtube. Maybe The Jay Z’s of our time will see the wisdom in COPYING ALL OF THEM and ARCHIVING them for our long-term benefit.


  90. Walter M. Alton, Charlotte NC
    A typical mindset for a ignorant but rich Rapper. He really doesn’t realize how he arrived where he is. Tomorrow is not promised and just like he Jay-Z got it God to sure take it away. Grown up and get real and show respect

  91. Simply put. artist development was obliterated by the time Jay-Z and other artist got in the game. LL Cool J is proof of how much better it would’ve mos def benefited Jay-Z and other artist character at Def Jam.

  92. Maybe I’m the only person that feels like this but..I’m just wondering did Mr. Belafonte reach out to Beyonce and Jay-Z to see what they do for charity or to see if they could help with his Charity or another Charity instead of trying to put them on blast. At the core of it all, celebrity or not they are human and if Mr. Belafonte came at them in a respectful way and did not make a point to publicly attempt to blast them I’m sure they would of responded accordingly. Beyonce and Jay-Z or anybody for that fact doesn’t have to publicly share what they do or don’t do for charity. * Not saying that Jay-z is right for saying “boy” but at the end of the day respect is required by everyone no matter who it is.

  93. Jay-Z never sent a card or gave any monetary contribution to the young man that was murdered in Marcy Projects in Brooklyn, NY in a retalitory shoot-out a couple of weeks ago. Always “reppin'” Marcy. That would have been the first thing I did. I would have have some sort of truce calling for peace. His presence and voice would have been heard to stop the violence in the ‘hood since these young unsuspecting youth idolize him and many other rapper Icons. Moreover, it wasn’t long ago that Mr. Belafonte spoke at my school, John Jay College of Criminal Justice with other Historical Icons such as James Earl Jones. Jay-Z, get yourself together. Educate yourself, if you have to enroll in an On-line College Course because this rap “N&*^a thing will not last forever. He needs to apologize to Mr. Belafonte, immediately.

  94. Today, Harvard University and the Hip Hop Archive announced the “Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship” program. The Fellowship will provide selected scholars and artists with an opportunity to show that “education is real power,” as it builds upon the achievements of those who demonstrate exceptional capacity for productive scholarship and exceptional creative ability in the arts, in connection with hip-hop. The program also seeks to incorporate Hip Hop into higher education without losing and compromising what Hip hop is and means to those who introduced it and to those who continue to develop and sustain Hiphop culture.

  95. I’m a fan of neither the genre nor rap… BUT a little research will provide you with a detail on the lyrics Nickels and Dimes… Jay Z did not write these lyrics nor the music.. An artist by the name of Gonjasufi is the creator and producer of this song. The message of the rap changes when you realize that this rap was written and published by a guy who has risen from homelessness with a far different perspective.. I give respect to Jay Z for giving an unkown in the industry a shot! He helped 5 kids and a wife have food.. Gas.. Milk on their table.. Immediately and for LIFE.

    • oh so he didn’t write the lyrics, but thought they were cool enough to put in his album. that is even worst.

      the way the couple gives to charity is not really charity. it is all about showing off.
      and it is scary to see “young people” taking them as models, when everything they do is calculated.
      when you reach a certain level of wealth, you want to do more significant things that give cash and food to one person and then go yell it out in the streets or rap about it.
      during the Occupy WallStreet period, JayZ had an opportunity to shut up and go on about his life, but he had the wonderful idea to capitalize on the movement by making shirts.
      someone who raps about his money and luxury, or about how people hate him so much all the time cannot be an example.
      as for beyonce, she is a walking contradiction. she will endorse anything that comes with money or some image improvement.
      wake up. enjoy the music and move on.

  96. Jay-Z, former crack dealer, is a piece of rich excrement. He remained silent and rarely gives interviews because he’s dumb and ignorant. The monumental shame is that so many young people admire him and have no clue who Mr. Belafonte is.

  97. Jay Z is only a spokesperson for himself. You should be surprise of what he say. Him and many other youngins need to get some real historical knowledge about the ways that have been paved for them. When money is your claim to fame your fame is not worth much.

  98. Jay-Z,

    I’m disappointed that you would disrespect and use the N-Word period. It’s people like you and these other sorry ass rappers that continue to destroy the very fabric that our mothers and fathers died for. Just a sorry as! Why not shutdown these rappers that poison our communities, with the same passion used to shutdown Paula Dean.

  99. Rachel Jeantel can teach Jay Z a few things. In her interview on CNN last night, Rachel remarked how angry she was at attorney West who badgered her for months in various interviews. But she also said that as angry as she was, she had been taught to respect elders no matter what. So she remained calm and gave him the respect he may not even have deserved. Such was the origin of her many responses that ended in, “Yes SIR”. We all heard the sarcasm, but she did it respectfully. It’s too bad, Jay Z didn’t have the upbringing that could make him understand that respect of elders is the very first lesson of the Black family. I feel a little sorry for his own Black family.

  100. Perhaps writing checks and taking obligatory pictures with sick children is something that either (Jay Z or Beyonce), but what have the really done? I mean, the getting hands dirty, protesting marches, going to jail or putting something on the line done? Mr. Belafonte was speaking about this. He was speaking of a super high profile couple that could actually be doing work instead of simply writing a check. That is what people would like to see from our entertainers.

    • They should go to jail for your entertainment? Or for what cause? What good is their presence in jail for anything that plagues the black community?

      Do for self, you are no one’s responsibility…. Use this energy to attack your public elected officials, I don’t recall any entertainer holding public office or enacting any policy that affects the community.. Misguided energies .. SMH

  101. I like how some of you ignore the entire message in the lyrics and jump to Harry O’s defense. Is it Mr. Belafonte’s place to tell another man how to show solidarity and or charity? What is Harry himself doing about what he sees wrong? Is Jay-Z the richest African American around and even if he was, what is his direct responsibility to the African American Community?

    The problem with some older folk is they get old and forget what they went through to gain respect then instead of reaching out to share knowledge and guidance with whoever they feel can be helpful, they go on these public tirades and expect the person they attack to just sit and take it? It is an idiotic approach to bridge any gap or common ground.

    Jay-Z is saying it is better to teach a man to fish than hand him out fish for free and if you don’t respect that then you don’t. He doesn’t owe nobody a thing. Belafonte could’ve easily reached out to Jay and suggested a cause that will benefit the community but he chose to publicly dehumanize a man that he probably has never had a conversation with. It is HYPOCRISY!!!

    • If you just Wikipedia Harry Belafonte, you’ll see that he actually has all the right to say what he did to Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Since he has(and still continues to give back)during the Jim Crow era really leaves Jay-Z with no excuse. Wonder how MLK got the money for bailing out of jail? I just suggest look him up. Sometimes we as youth are so fast to give a deaf ear to our elders.


  103. I am sick of Rap artist and DJs walking around as if they are musicians I am a jazz musician and I never stick my chest out. You are faking people and you are not musicians but Harold B is an ICON.

  104. I’m sorry with all due respect to Mr. Belafonte, sometime our elders forget that they to once were judged as out spoken by other, yes we should respect those who paved the way absolutely. But before you make a blanket statement about what someone is not doing do your research. Now I am not a groupie of Jay-z and Beyonce, but i have taken the time to look into the work that they not only do in the community or also around the world. And instead of judging or reach back reach out and educate. And while everyone is responding to what they think he hasn’t done reflection should be done on WHAT U HAVE DONE LATELY in your community.justmythoughts.

  105. u can take niggaz out of the ghetto but u can’t take the ghetto out of niggaz. Jay-Z is low-class. Harry Belafonte is all about the class. Jay is one nouveau riche crass acting muthafucka

  106. I am thankful so many people commented about JZ’s lack of respect. He just doesn’t get it

  107. Money can not buy or develop character and it is not a breeding ground to infuse respect. You can’t give what you don’t have. Jay Z is only giving what is inside of him and he thinks it is right. However, clearly he lack understanding; he got money, but that is not enough. You cannot take money to the grave. I hope he comes to a higher level of understanding the path of our people and the journey. His songs have a good beat, but we must teach our children that his message is not valuable. Mr. Belefonte work yet follows him. Even when he was young, he had understanding and I have the utmost respect for him even now and will not disrespect him or his legacy. Jay Z, on the other hand, stand in need of prayer.


    • I think anyone reading Jay-Z lyrics without understanding the context of the song, the background in which he presents it, and the reason he took so long to respond to Mr. Belafonte will easily be mislead by the bright and shiny things the man has to use in order to get his point across. Jay-Z, and many of the rappers ‘he’ admires, use double, triple and even quadruple entendre when rhyming. Someone in Mr. Belafonte’s position would understand that. And let’s keep in mind, Jay-Z is not a child. He did not disrespect Mr. Belafonte in anyway. He simply and respectfully responded to a criticism by an elder, in his preferred method of communication, which is what I recall my elders teaching me to do. Also, anybody here who is from the hood or any neighborhood represented by a particular nationality knows that you don’t put all of your business in the street. The moment you start telling everyone what you do for your community is the moment people start working to tear it down. And at some point we need to stop pretending that our community is so positive. We have an abundance of positivity and negativity in our neighborhoods. Not everyone is gonna go to an ivy league college, become a lawyer or make it to the pros. And even if they do, they may not survive the demons that the money attracts. It is a dangerous thing when we begin to assasinate the character of our own, especially when they have “made it”. I respect Mr. Belafonte’s position and his point of view, but in all honesty, as a black man, I would rather have one of my elders pull me aside, invite me to lunch or write me a letter than to put me on blast in front of the world without talking to me first. Nevertheless, the conversation has begun.

    • Most of these rappers don’t involve themselves in our movement because they have created a past of horrible negative actions that discredit them and would therefore discredit an honorable movement. They have boxed themselves into a corner where they can serve few in view of long term value or short term for that matter. So all they can do is really add to the problem because honorable people trying to do what is right have to overcome the constant destruction of character these rappers cloud our Black culture with…

  109. Barbara Meredith


    It’s time for you to recognize and respect your elders, boy!!!!!!!

  110. Jay Z is a sad, disrespectful, low class brother who hasn’t got a clue! He should be falling on His knees and calling on Jesus! Brother you’re half of these young kids problem today!!! They idolize YOU and follow YOU and they’re not going anywhere with it! More then half of em are going to jail and the other the grave! You were a former big time drug dealer selling drugs destroyed a few generations and alot of pur families – It caused some Fathers and Mothers to steal and feed habits that lined Your filthy pockets – it caused children to lose patents to the system and even the grave – it seeped over generations later causing youth to be raised by the streets and by grand parents who had little money and little or no strength to discipline their grandchildren due to their absent crack addicted parents and You have the audacity to distespect a man who has fought for civil rights??? You are a clown! You own up to being a drug dealer bragging on it —> Then brag on Your records about having White House clearance YOU OUGHT TO BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF! You should be giving back ALL You can for ALL You helped destroy by being a part of the worst epidemic the black man has known other than heroine “Crack” – Count your blessing Your behind ain’t in the Federal lockup rap about that chump! Well My Honorable brother Mr Harry Belafonte didn’t go that route He didn’t sell drugs and make it to the top becoming a mega star and millionaire bragging about it! He did it off struggle and pain at a time when We suffered the worst period of Jim Crow and no civil rights for Your black fore parents! Listen Bruh with all that money get Your mind right I mean I know money can’t buy everything and it certainly hasn’t brought You any sense especially when YOU are still embracing the N’word and have Our Youth acting it out and using it as a term of endearment – Head check Go sit down and write Ya self a rap about becoming a real man and a role model before touching on a ALL TRUE MAN like Mr Belafonte


  112. It would be different if Jay-Z took a stand on anything with a purpose. Jay-z was outline just like him trying to diss NAS for “kicking knowledge”

  113. Jay Z you need to get a grip & face reality…
    That eing said everyone pretty much said how I feel in a nutshell. You need Jesus in your heart JayZ enough said!~

  114. Jay-Z needs to learn to respect Mr. Belafonte before expecting respect from him. Mr. Belafonte laid his career and life on the line so Mr. Carter could have the career that he has now.

  115. a great awaking with people of color with, agapelove,commitiment,concern,support, loyalty,community= unity ,’ voice from the bayou!!!

  116. How fragile is your ego, how free is your time, how bitter your soul, that you call out Harry Belafonte (for some comment he made years ago) on your new album?

    99 problems and acting like a butthurt bitch is one. Go on and get Samsung to buy all your albums since no one else will.

  117. Total disrespect. Many of our young people are moving farther and farther away from our African roots and part of the reason is because they look up to people like Jay Z who sell out their culture for a few pieces of silver. It has never been cool for us to disrespect our elders. Shame on you Mr Carter!

  118. I have not & will not support Gay-Z any longer since these Comments came out of this Sambo’s Mouth I did not like Him throwing His Close Friend Dame Dash Under The Bus for some Greedy Ass Jews & Crackers! When these Demon’s Don’t know shyt but Accounting & Law but are Robbing these Negroes Over & Over Gay-Z may as well go Hang with DJ Mr C! I knew He was a Sell-out when He Took Member’s of the US State Department to Cuba to Search for Our Sister Assata Shakur somebody like Harry Belafonte who loves Black People & are Freedom Fighters! Gay-Z is mixed up with Devil’s who care only about Money & nothing for Black Life this Music is BS & is a Pipeline to the Pen for You Blacks under 30 y’all been Had by a Wolf in sheeps clothing! This Sambo is mixed up with secret organizations & I am Quite sure He Had Biggie & Tupac Bumped of working with these Devil’s Dirty MF’s! Keep our Elder’s Names out of your Mouth Stool Pigeon! And Stop Claiming the Hood they already know you ain’t never coming back!

  119. Oh, the pride that comes before the FALL. I like Jay Z, but this is very distasteful.

  120. To put an end to everyone using the “N” word “niggas” we need to let it die out -to be a forgotten word. As long as we use it, We keep it alive among all cultures! Change your speech by thinking and speaking differently.

  121. Tell Jay Z that he wouldn’t be, if it wasn’t for Belafonte; so get back Jay Z til you know what to say, what makes you think this is your day? It ain’t bout the money, nor is it the honey, it’s about dissin an icon and being a dummy; so wise up young man and get with the plan, it’s time to come out of that fantasyland; fall back Jay Z, it just ain’t your day, tryin to make a bid, you ain’t nothin but a kid; you might have the queen, but Harry is the king, get His Majesty’s Reserve, if you know what I mean. Rev. MC

  122. Jay=Z is so disrespectful. A day is gonna come when he remember this. I hope he can handle it. He called this man a boy. Wow.

  123. You don’t have to defend yourself when people can see your good deeds. You can’t stop people from talking whether good or bad. Respect the elders, fathers, they have instructions we need, and never stoop to their level when they are wrong- why should you make yourself look foolish.

  124. H. Laverne Hardin

    The road up is paved, but the road down is like shape rock. Many of the young people have little respect for those who have paved the way. The rappers have less. There is no greater man than the man that will die for the cause of equality. Those men have gone away to haven, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, Justice Marshall, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, the list goes on, there are few left today, the young rich are very selfish and ME, not us. Harry should have spoke with Jay-Z before making statement, however, Jay-Z as a younger man than Harry, should have discussed with Harry what he has done, He may not be in the open, therefore we don’t know if Jay-z is giving back and/or support the struggle of black males. He is one in many. Jay-z head is getting big, hope his back can carry the downside.

  125. Bravo to the Hip Hop generation who commented on this site for recognizing what Harry Belafonte has done for his race and this nation. Jay Z lived the racist hell in American ghettos before he gained fame and fortune but now he only writes an occasional check. Mr. B got out there on the front lines and risked his career and life for justice. The freedom Harry Belafonte fought for is what makes Jay Z rich today. Mr. B continues to be an advocate for the truth. Where will Jay Z be at age 86? I know. He will be forgotten.

  126. I think when we attempt to bridge generation gaps, trying to get the younger to respect the road that the elder paved and simultaneously trying to the elder to respect that the road he paved is EXACTLY what allows the youth to change the game – there are naturally going to be some very different opinions and some heads knocking. I do not think that in a regular interview or in a man-to-man sit down that Jay would ever refer to or call Belafonte a “boy” to his face, but in the same way that Jay incorporates the street vernacular as his own creative means of expressing self, he reserved the right to use whatever language he chooses when creating his craft. We all reserve the right not to listen. That’s that.

    • What does a person feel aware as they viewed this painting to express himself with use of a craft the artist asks friends over to put any type of their human fluids on the canvas. The artist then incorporates all the types fluids in the painting. Classified degenerative, that isn’t the road Mr. Belafonte A Civil Rights Leader paved for we African-American crafters of self expression especially since the EQUALITY MOVEMENT gives hope to many humans raises their level of consciouness to do the work necessary to level the playing field for blacks mostly without equal opportunity at the bottom of the economic structure of power Yes Queen those Civil Rigjts Activists enabled many Black artist to resist degeneracy and stop pathogical depravement!

  127. First and foremost, I always respect my elders no matter what. Mr. Harry Belafonte. I do appreciate what you and others have done for us. If it weren’t for people such as yourself, a lot of us will not be in the position we are in now. I want to say thank you!!!! I will take it from here.
    Therefore, Mr. Jay Z. If think you should have more respect than that. You have an enough money. I really don’t think you really don’t need to do certain things to sell you music, it will sell by itself. I wish you the best and keep making money. Take in consideration what our elders have done for people such as myself, you, and your family.

    Lay Lay from Fifteen Dynasty


    • So true. You have a great point. Why does he get a pass? It’s a denigrating word, and especially coming from another Black person. Don’t try to tell me it’s a different meaning when it’s said by one of us. So true, Brother James.

    • you sound like a jealous fggt stfu

  129. Jay Z’s comment proves who the real “BOY” in the room is. I understand if you disagree with his commentary, but act like a man and express yourself in accordance. Harry Belafonte put his ass on the line when it counted, literally, whereas if he were a sellout he would not have done what he did, and if anyone does not know….LOOK IT UP.

  130. Those two men should have a face to face conversation. All the media hype does nothing but blow a situation out of proportion.

  131. Jay Z needs his behind whooped! How dare you disrespect Mr. Belafonte. Donating money is easy, donating your time and your body to the front lines is what Mr. Belafonte did. You “younguns” don’t have a clue who paved the way for you to get to where you are. Its funny, I donated to President Obama too and the only thing you got different from me is a private meeting. So much for your money!

  132. The only boy is Jay Z. What a loser.

  133. There was a reason mr belafonte comment on jay z and beyonce was luv some may take it as criticism but it was disrespectful for jay z to come out of his mouth by calling him a boy. Mr belafonte is a legend in Hollywood and the civil rights movement he was their on the march in DC mr king I have a dream speech he walk with mr king over that bridge to Selma this man has been in the trenches for us and I would had accept his comment as real tough luv I hear people talking about it is. Different now I see why we blacks are going through hell because times are different instead of us look back how our people stuck together during the dark ages of slavery Jim crow civil rights movement voting act of 65. We lost that fight in us and we need to get it back it’s not about the money give your time by being their in the trenches especially in our communities speak to our youths spend some time with them back then a lot of black entertainers and soul singers were in the trenches regardless of their status they were there. Mr belafonte is old skool they show tough luv and I respect that for our peers I luv mr belafonte all that he done he still looks good for his age this man is a living legend who talk the talk who walk the walk and he fought for our freedom I salute you mr Harry belafonte

    • Harry Belafonte is one of the great civil rights icons. He is known worldwide for being a humanitarian and a person who has been in the trenches in many struggles over the years, including the anti-apartheid struggle. Even though he is an entertainer, he devoted his entire life to social justice issues.

      A few examples of others who were/are in the struggles for social justice at home and around the world; Paul Robeson, Ossie Davis (late), Ruby Dee, Danny Glover, Sean Penn, Martin Sheen, Mos Def, Don Chielde etc.

      JayZ should apologize to Harry Belafonte and then try to redeem himself by becoming active in social justice movements that can benefit humanity, not just a few friends.

  134. Some old people think they can say anything they want about anybody or anything, just because they are old. Young people deserve respect, too. Respect engenders respect.

    • Jay-Z can get respect when Jay-Z learns to listen and heed the words of his elders without mouthing off. Mr. Belafonte laid his career and life on the line so Mr. and Mrs Carter could have the careers and lifestyle they enjoy.

  135. My black brothers and sisters, heed the words of a white man named Willy Lynch who said if you keep Negros divided you, will control them for five hundred years. We are seeing this daily! Keep this in mind Bob Marley told us in song about “Mental Slavery” it’s here my black family, it’s here!!!

    And if we pay attention and LISTEN!!! We will be alright, for we will do the right thing.

    One Love!!!

  136. Jay-Z! first, how dare you refer to this man as a boy. Obviously you do not know what that means as it pertains to our history, and maybe you don’t care, which lets us know who, and what you really are, and that’s a slave.

    Quote from my HERO Harry Belafonte, which is correct “I think one of the greatest abuses of this modern time is that we have had such high-profile artists, powerful celebrities. But they have turned their back on social responsibility.”

    Let me also give you some education that I read that you can interject in one of your raps next time. Social Responsibility: is an ethical theory that an entity, be it an organization or individual, has an obligation to act to benefit society at large. Social responsibility is a duty every individual or organization has to perform so as to maintain a balance between the economy and the ecosystem. A trade-off always[citation needed] exists between economic development, in the material sense, and the welfare of the society and environment. Social responsibility means sustaining the equilibrium between the two. It pertains not only to business organizations but also to everyone whose any action impacts the environment. This responsibility can be passive, by avoiding engaging in socially harmful acts, or active, by performing activities that directly advance social goals.

    • michael k Jackson

      Blah,blah,blah.All your wordiness has co convoluted whatever message you might be trying to deliver.True Jay-Z was disrespectful to mr.B.However it was an unforgivable oversight for mr. B to call him out when his voice,his importance,and his work for the black community has so far outreached anything any black man has accomplished to date.The magnitude of the businesses he runs,and the blacks employed could likely compare to all other black owned businesses COMBINED! Now he wants to run up PUBLICLY and tell him what he should and shouldn’t do with his time and money? Jay-Z,out of respect said nothing,but commented in a rap song clearly exemplifying the scale and breath of his “voice”.He was instrumental in us electing a black president.mr Belefonte never had that kind of power and influence,and should give respect to those that do.His contribution to the president,alone is enough of a give-back.

  137. Having a truly difficult time getting through these posts with innumerable typographical errors. What a headache! Anyway, the fact remains that whether or not a person is a celebrity, on the strength of being a human being, we are taught to have respect for our elders. In his lyrics Jay-Z has demonstrated not only a great lack of respect, but disdain toward Belafonte in a deeply condescending way. As many previously stated, it was actors and musicians such as Belafonte who paved the way – not only in the music world but in the daily world fighting for civil rights – that make a Jay-Z possible today. I believe Belafonte meant that Jay-Z could use his status to be much more visible in terms of inspiring all communities to become more civic minded and recognize that their power is in voting for mayors, governors, state senators and state legislatures who have the power to change the laws that decimate our communities. Where our forebears marched in the 1960s so we could have the right to vote, we need to march ourselves to the polling place. We need to use the power that Belafonte and his generation put into our hands – not squander it by standing on our laurels and saying, you don’t know what I’ve done or who I’ve given to. No, we don’t know. That’s the point. It’s Jay-Z’s prerogative to keep his business to himself, sure. But he is wrong as two left shoes to demoralize and denigrate an icon such as Belafonte who he should be publicly thanking for all he did to make it possible for Jay-Z to feel as if he is the king of the world.


    • Cosandra Foreman

      I don’t know where you have been there are many of hip hop artist the ones that have been around for years that have all kind of charitable foundations and do work in there communities. Ludacris for one, there are many more and besides they do what they do for others because that is what they feel to do not to make headlines. Just because you are not hearing about everything they do, don’t assume they are doing nothing. Do you advertise every time you help someone.

  139. When President Clinton had his troubles his wife did not go and devorce him she is still Mrs Clinton and matter of fact he is helping her in her political quest. Ted kennedy’s wife did not go and devorce him either she is still Mrs Kennendy. We ara doing just what these devide and conquer Europeans and Negroes want us to do.We should wash our linnen at home and keep those evil cocknockers out.

  140. f uck Jay Z…

  141. Can’t stand Jay-Z always knew he was an ignorant twat but to disrespect Harry Belafonte like that just shows how really ignorant and misinformed he really is.No need to boycott his new album ,I don’t buy his crap anyways.

  142. Why is it OK for one to voice their opinion and not the other? Cause and effect!! Belafonte’s statements caused Jay-Z and Beyonce to respond. All three have their own opinion, you may not like it, but it theirs. Now we could get into the whole “role model” issue and discuss acting a certain way in the public eye or having a responsibility to the community. But, what about, being yourself and “never let anyone dictate your success or failure” etc, etc.

  143. So sad. No talent and No respect.

  144. R James Ferguson

    Do young people always have to use the N word in their raps. Time to show some real creativity by not cursing in Rap. I do not think they have the ability to do that.

  145. Gloria Y Fredericks

    Regardless of the amount of money Jay Z and his wife have earned and accumulated, there are a few basics which reveal upbringing, home training, and one of the basic tenents is RESPECT for your elders. Another is humility, and unfortunately Jay Z has shown none of these virtues. Being wealthy is one thing but being ill mannered is another.

  146. Jay-Z now you’re over reaching with your status…


    Mr. Belafonte was in the game for justice WAY before you were thought of… Mr. Belafonte, Mr. Poitier, and Mr. Cosby, were the faces of equal justice from the Hollywood prospective.. WITHOUT Mr. Belafonte Jay-Z, you wouldn’t be able to express your lyrics, and be the mogul that you are.. So I suggest, that you GIVE some respect to a man who laid the foundation that you are taking advantage of, and show a bit of gratitude towards Mr. Belafonte!!!

  147. Totally disrespectful and shameful!

  148. Not a good message smh

  149. Efundare Omowale

    Jay-Z is a treacherous demon; an animal who poisons the minds and hearts of our people. Soon, we will all see him and his kind go up in flames. For now, I will boycott any music he and his wife are involved with and boycott any products they endorse – starting with Pepsi!


  151. Jay-Z you may have a lot of money but no respect and you will never be able to walk in Mr. Belafonte’s shoes for he and others like him paved the way for folks like you, don’t ever disrespect your elders son it might come back to haunt you, just imagine you and Beyoncé loosing all of that money you have made, God gives and he also takes away. Listen to what Harry has to say, you may learn something!

    • Midge M Lunsford

      I’m in total agreement with Ann G.and Many of the other responders. I will add, “To much is given, much is required” I think JZ could benefit greatly if he(JZ)receives Mr. Belafonte’s words or comments as constructive criticisium or words of wisdom from an elder who has undoubtly aquired much wisdom by symbolically coming through “The Fire and The Flood”. We can all learn from our Elders, No matter how much money we have. ML

  152. Rashad da black god Ellis

    As a youngin I supported I for a long time and if you check out jays first album called reasonable dout he clearly explains his oath taking with the illuminati Listen to his song called D evils then you will understand his ignorance he works with saten people

    • this garbage you wrote here is bs.wake up they going to have you hip hoppers back in chains when the old heads gone

  153. The money dont change anything, unless you there or put a crew on the follow-up behind your dollars too make sure its being used correctly. Second, be noticeably not just when you about to drop a cd mp3! Come on! People who dont have money do more for the community than celebs! Those are the heroes!!

  154. Disrespect …he probely was no raised right ,or have gotten so big with his sagging pants, for gotten his manners….need to boycott that new cd…I don’t like his talking rapping anyway….IJS….

  155. Jay Z. obviously does not realize that young ones should rise before gray headness meaning giving them the utmost respect so I am appalled that he would make those comments, and on the other hand Harry Belefonte should realize that not everyone is incline to give back to the Community nor be obligated in any way too do so, further more he does not know what he gives, when he gives,how he givs, and too whom he gives.Young people today are cut from a diffrent cloth and do not behave in the same manner as those who came before them and Mr. Belefonte needs to except that as a fact and stay in his own lane and perhaps be more concern about his own Daughter Sherrie Belefonte giving back

  156. i’m on Jay z’s side on this one. Jay & Beyonce have accomplished alot and they have continued giving back to the black community, instead of people like Belafonte to encourage them he is criticizing. He ought to do his research before making comments like that, it’s hurtful, i can feel Jay’s pain. People tend to overlook the good & focus on the negative. Belafonte really ought to know better has an elderly statesman.

    • You need to learn of the work and sacrifice Mr. Belafonte dedicated to us as a people before you go smarting off about how he should “respect” Jay-Z. First of all he didn’t disrespect Jay-Z, he merely stated that given his position there was much more that needed to be done by him and his wife. Which is true. It’s people like you who know nothing of our history except what little bit you picked up from rap songs, that have no respect for the people who made it possible for you to be able to listen to that garbage.

  157. If it weren’t for Mr. Belafonte, Jay-Z and others like him wouldn’t have a career. Respect?! I get that you may not like to be called out, but the respect needs to go the other way, regardless of how bad your feelings might be hurt.

  158. To have money does not make you intelligent you hire others to think for you. JayZ is one of them. It does not matter to JayZ that Mr. Belfonte paved the way for him. his lack of knowlege and the loss of respect that he does not give to Mr. Belfonte tells us that this generation does not feel they owe any respect to those who have paved the way for them. They have taken words that debased the man and woman of african descent in yesteryears and claim to refurbish the language and now it means “love or endearment ” of another. His actions is just one view the white man or woman views us as being unintelligent and just one more way for them to see just how our young generation ( some ) disrespect those who have paved the way for him and many others.

  159. Jay-Z should take some of his money and get an education! He has no respect for the people like Belafonte who came before him and made a “Jay-Z” and “Beyonce” possible.

    Jay-Z is a really ignorant and stupid man in a lot of ways.


  160. I saw Jay on NY morning radio show recently, and they asked about the Robert DeNiro diss,,,,Jay said something interesting (at least to me & my perspective??) he said that its not the “name”,,,meaning , no diss to Mr.Belafonte,,,but he doesn’t look at these guys in that way?/ if he gonna come out his neck and basically challenge a successful married copules “Blackness” (if you will) then that person must be prepared to handle the reply. I personally see no diss in Jays reply (he could have gone much harder @ him) But recognize (REAL TALK) Jay & Beyonce are in a CAN’T WIN situation?? no matter what they do, no matter what they give ETC. someone else will say,,Its NOT enough?? Or , you should have done THIS,,or what about THAT ,,and so on & so forth. I feel that “generation” factor also plays a huge role. Belafonte’s time, was more of a visual active role in the plights going on at that time (Civil Rights ETC) Its a different time now,,,those marches (WHAT can a march do right now for Travon’s parents??) arent effective in this time period we live in. Jay & B cant win no matter what they do,,,,but they also don’t have to sit back,,and let anyone attack their blackness, or how involved they are in plights??or what/how much they give (time,resources,$$ etc)

  161. Typical stupid n!gaa that get a little bread then think he the sh!t. Sadly, he has people who believe his nonses. Wake up Mutley, Mr. Day-O mad it possible for you black azz to be able to rap.

  162. Boycott everything thats not black owned… including new school rap.
    FYI- rap is jewish owned, and ran.
    hip hop is dead, no more original thought in our music. Positive music gets rejected. DeLa Soul still makin positive hits n Radio never play it! And whats sad is that most kids today never heard of them. To learn more about todays music media youtube “Professor Griff” his teachings will open ur eyes! Why kids wear their paints off their asses **spell saggin backward** Stay educated not blind!

  163. $$$ Can't Buy Brains

    The thing is, Dumb-a$$ n!gaa ‘Youngin’, you would NOT have been able to do SH!T ‘for the homies’ had it not been for the sacrifices of Mr. Day O and others like him. He paved the way, dumb fuck.

  164. He need to remember the same people you meet going up the ladder are the sameone u meet coming down. Respect is due

  165. Jay-z is another house nigga…this brotha is a menace to society…a waste of human flesh…his lyrics filled with santanic bullshyt…
    Not to mentioned he look like that camel on hump day…lmbao…fuk JAy -Z

  166. It just goes to show you, it doesn’t matter how much money you have or what your status is, if you are ignorant, you will demonstrate ignorant ways. JAYZ is ignorant an should apologize. We will continue to pray for him and other ignorant human beings.

  167. There is such a thing as going too far. I don’t care who you are, Belafonte went first after the mans wife in public and then after him. What did you expect Jay- Z to do? He is a Man.

  168. Just because u have alot of money does not mean u r the smartest person in the world…Please..what happened Jay Z..no home training..ur mother did not teach u to respect ur elders..MR. BELEFONTE has a right to his opinion..u r just pissed off cuz it is the truth..and the poor that u do not help. .are the omly dumb aases that will buy ur CD

  169. Without people like Harry Belafonte…There would be “No Youngins” to respect..

  170. Smart move! People are talking about the album and some will buy just to hear this one set of lyrics. And J Z doesn’t care at all what any of us think of him as long as the money keeps rolling in !!

  171. JayZ Shows the ultimate disespect by calling our elder a “boy”….This Jayz is a really sad case….I want everyone to google Harry Belafonte..read about all of the things that he has done for African people WORLD WIDE!!!! The reason all African people and people like Jayz can walk around the street and do what we does unmolested is because of Elder Harry and people like him. But we ourselves are responsible for ignorant negroes like Jayz..We (in the conscious community) have to realize that if we would have done our work perhaps he wouldn’t be so ignorant. Yes I called him ignorant!!!! However many of us are and those of us who are enlightend need to get out there and help educate our people. May not be alot you can tell a rich man like Jayz anyhow..so we can’t really wast time trying to teach him…I think P Diddy said it best..”Nobody can tell me that I can’t do something”. All in all Jayz and those in his class changed the game in music..before JayZ,Diddy,50 cent, Master P and others came along our entrtainers were getting robbed….they were being treated like glorified sharecroppers….so let’s acknowledge jayz contributions….i said he is ignorant but we all are…we all are brainwashed negroes to a point…it’s just that some of us don’t realize it…. This is just a symptom of a much bigger problem. Stay focused Africans.

  172. JZ a bitch with bitch followers

  173. Rap has evolved into acopied co~oped,comedic,concert of conspicious comsuming,confused buck dancin,self hateing clowns.
    All the J Zs out there in th media driven U S needd to ck ur self b4 u wreck urself.Listen to Gill Scott’s Message To The Rappers.Our people perish because of LACK of KNOWLEDGE.How but not buying anymore of his ignorant rants??

    • Peter D. Slaughter

      I would have to agree 100% and it is needed to be said.
      I can say I never paid any money to buy any of his music or his wife’s music.
      Not saying it’s all bad but overall it’s way to much ego going on.
      Out all this time bearing witness to vast numbers of black people being beat and killed by the police and by self hating brainwashed slave minded negrows.
      Bearing witness to vast number of black people sitting and being held captive in these white owned and operated slave plantation prison.

      I am trying to figure out as to why none of these so-called big safe acceptable, sanitized negrowish elite rappers and entertainments have no real interest’s in organizing to create a real currency system that might help free black people from some of reason’s when it comes to doing crime and mayhem in this country.

      A vast % of black’s seem to think guy and others are so big and on top of the world.Plus have so much power.
      In spite of all the hype and window dressing all of it appears as a big con just a massive front.
      My ? why do so many black’s keep going along with this phony hype ?

      It’s obvious something is not right,especially after the way this Zimmerman got off for killing that Travon Martin an innocent black male.
      I would hope after this a vast % of black people would wake up and stop endorsing these shoe,shining, sell-out black so-called entertainers.
      Black’s have and spend all this money supposedly and will not support real black people doing major things for the black masses in communities all over.
      But have no problem in supporting all types of ignorant people in the media who have promoted all types of self hating and other twisted images of black people.
      With people like this the kkk and these other hate groups that really black people can just sit and relax since somebody in black face is doing their job for them.

  174. I think the verdict is final……Jay-Z…..GUILTY!!!. My brother make great hits and cannot take from that, but donating money is different from being a freedom fighter and hitting the pavement, sweating blood and tears, and being hated and slandered by the same ones Mr. Z that stole our music, kept you at the back of the bus, picking up your food at the back of the diner, and spit in your face to say the less. Older people will voice their opinion and that is why we are dead as an African American society, WE DO NOT LISTEN TO OUR ELDERS! Forget that sob story of coming from a single parent home and not having a father around. We didn’t back when and look at all the great people that came from these excuses we keep blaming on our failures. Mr. Belafonte innocent, Jay-Z guilty for life until he can do as our fore fathers has done. Money is not a cure all, role up your sleeves and get to work.

  175. JayZ you have embarrassed yourself and your entire family with your gangsta comments. Black people : BOYCOTT THIS ALBUM…………..DO NOT BUY ! Hit this fool where it hurts the most. I am ashamed that your ever took your first breath. Shame on you FOOL.

  176. This is what you can expect when the father is not present in the home training his children, and leading and teaching them how to be effective in their home, community and government. What he has demonstrated is a clear example of the chickens coming home to roost.

  177. What do u expect from the guy who
    has a skog N word in Paris.

  178. This is not about the money, it’s about using your platform and influence to effect positive change in the black community. There are many who paid a price, some even losing their lives, that enabled mr jz and wife the opportunity to live where they live, and do what they do, and to not address any issues that effect our community is not fully utilizing the power you have.I would hate to see where we would be now is Martin Luther King, Meger Evers, and so so many others decided to just worry about them and theirs. That’s all he’s saying. Wake up people our struggle for justice and equality is not over and the need for positive influences for our youth is mich needed.

    • Crystal,
      You have hit the nail on the head! I am so pleased that you made the observation.

    • Indeed the struggle is not over, there is much work to be done in our families and our communities. Thank you Crystal for your comments and insight.

  179. Keep in mind, that this what happens you the family is destroyed and lack a strong father figure. This is a clear case of the chickens coming home to roost.

  180. Jay-Z is a ignorant, disrespectful, ungrateful MF who’s besides himself. His little money and fame has gone to his head…but he’d better be careful disrespecting icons and activists like Harry Belafonte…God does not like ugly and his words will come back to haunt him. When they do, where will his homies be then?? Disrespectful little bastard!

  181. Although Mr. Carter is a successful artists, and successful in business, this response through rap probably wasn’t the best way to respond. Mr. Belafonte has paid his dues. That doesn’t give him the right to disrespect J or B either. That’s the real problem anyway. Folks need to read “The Slave Community” by John Blassingame. Even in this post Obama election era, successful black folks are still acting like crabs. Just hating on each other for being more successful or connected. Dissing each other publicly. Most black folks will never see the kind if wealth that these people have or even understand how to get that wealthy. The only responsible reply that was given was by B. Of course, J is good a public relations, so maybe this little public discourse is just par for the course. It got my attention…and at least a few others.

  182. William Gilyard III

    Jay-Z should really pay attention to his words and actions. One’s words and actions often come back to haunt him. Is a monetary contribution really a significant contribution to humanity? The collective efforts and contributions of people like Harry Belafonte and others are, in large parts, the underlying basis for him, his wife and others similarly situated to have acquired the opportunity to rise to their current position in life. One should be very respectful and carefully listen to what is being said to them, because none of us knows who we will need in the future. No man is an island!

  183. The amount of fame & success garnered as a result of luck but no education is evidenced in Jay-Z ignorant rap which not only disrespects Mr. Belafonte & credible people who actually fought the fight. Money does not garner intelligence or class as is evident in J-Z’s rap and thinking…Stay in school!

  184. This clown (Jay Z) is leading the thirsty to the water not to drink but to drown. I’m a black man who has no problem using the n word. So understand me when I say, thats a nigger for ya. Not a niggA, but a niggER!

  185. This clown (Jay Z) is leading the dumb to the water not to drink but to drown. I’m a black man who has no problem using the n word. So understand me when I say, thats a nigger for ya. Not a niggA, but a niggER!

    • This is why you do not want J as your sports agent. He’s too much in the spotlight and what he says then reflects on you. People begin asking you about things your agent said.

  186. Respect your elders. Harry Belafonte is one of the ones who opened the way for you to be standing on stage, cussing, yet getting paid. This world is upside down. The Elders were always the head of a village in African society. You’ve still got to learn some things. Just keep living. Don’t believe the press the white man has told you about yourself.

  187. Jay-Z needs to respect his elders. It’s out of order and God likes things done decently and in order….oh! I forgot……he’s god! Oops.

  188. Harry Belante has done more than just help HIS hommies. He has defied the powers of injustice, placing his career, finances and personal safety, in the line of fire to benefit ALL of the hommies. Jay Z is too old the make a misstep like this. I suggest he do his research and watch “Sing Your Song”, the documentary on Harry Belante, before he comment further.



    • Amen. This demonic mindset and attitude of “do as thou wilt” is the very seed of why blacks and youth today period are spiritually bankrupt. As a 27 year old woman, I still address my elders and peers as “ma’am” and “sir”. It’s all about respect.

  190. While understand the criticisms on both sides, I think doing a little research would help before passing judgement. From what I gather from the thread here, no one appears to know that Jay-Z actually has a scholarship that assists people who wish to go to college. His point was, you don’t know what we (my wife and I do)–which is why Beyonce sent the abridged list of her giving. Jay-Z’s referring to Belafonte as a boy was indeed inappropriate, though. Policing what “black art” should do, on the under hand, has long been an old-school, middle-class impulse to maintain a particular level of black respectability. (How exactly did the two turn their backs on black communities? I’m still not getting the point; it should have been clearly laid out in this article, I think HB is invested in keeping that level high, but he had to know that Jay-Z would respond. JZ could have done it in a more respectful manner, yes, but he was being who he is, not who he is not–especially coming from the rap medium.

  191. RIP Trayvon, God Bless You

    Jay-Z is fuckin Illuminati puppet, you think he cares about the black community? Really?


    • Peter D. Slaughter

      Hey,don’t mention that.
      There are those who say ” oh they don’t exist “.
      Some of our black people start shaking in their boots

      They exist just like ” The Drop Squad ” exist too.

  192. Everyone should read “American Frankenstein – How The United States Created a Monster!”. It not only explains all you need to know about America’s relationship with its African American citizens, but it also devotes a chapter to “The Rap Era – Self Victimization”, and one to “Assimilation”. This is a must read and a comprehensive chronological view of African American history and its result. http://www.amazon.com/American-Frankenstein-United-Created-Monster/dp/1450085695#reader_1450085695


  193. It’s not about how much money you make. Education is a big part of life, yes and knowing your history.

  194. Pitiful!!! Where’s his wife? To help this fool or at least to say “Hey that is not cool baby.” Belafonte is so classy. He’s probably reading this somewhere and thinking “See what I mean.” This lil boy is messing with a legend…. stay in a child’s place.

  195. The Black youth of today are mentally screwed up and it doesn’t help matters when you have grown ass people spewing disrespect Jay-Z and many other rappers don’t even respect themselves which is why things are the way they are.

    • I totally agree with you the sad thing is most of these young Rappers and young people as a whole does not get it,I am constantly trying to tell my Grand kids to respect your Elders,and listen before you speak instead of saying, I KNOW when in reality they don’t,what Jayz doesn’t realize is that if and when he falls from Grace,there will be Brothers like Mr Belafonte there to help him up..

  196. Magna Carta Holy Fail. Jay is an uneducated fool with money. He doesn’t understand what many old hustlers did back in the day, that $ doesn’t make you intelligent. Don’t expect much from him. He’s married to a woman who’s vocab contains 3 words: amazing, fire & powerful. Y’all expect too much from these illiterates. Jay is almost 50 and still releasing hip hop albums. Negro please. In the words of Tamar Braxton (another half wit, but I can’t front her one liners are amusing), Jay needs to have several seats.

  197. @Malachi: The difference between Harry Belafonte and Jay-Z is that Mr. Belafonte is more than a entertainer. He is also a freedom fighter who put his life on the line so that we as a people could live our lives without having to deal with the bullshit of WHITE KKKRACKERS, who to this day are causing chaos all over the world. Jay-Z hasn’t done shit that would benefit Black people. He makes music and scores big business deals. With the money that he has he should be helping his community more .Mr. Belafonte did right by calling him out for not doing his part to uplift his community. If not for Mr. Belafonte, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey and a long list of others, none of us wouldn’t have the freedom that too many of us take for granted. Yes racism is still alive but at least we’re not living in the slave era .Our ancestors sacrificed too much for us and we should be honoring them instead of talking down on them!

  198. Jay-Z is 43 yrs old. He is not a “youngin”. I guess maturity is relative. Harry Belafonte has said and done things over the years many of us would be to afraid to do.

  199. @ Emie joe: question, what has Jay-Z done for the Black community? Answer- nothing but running off at the mouth which also begs the question, what have you done for the Black community? Answer- not a damn thing but running off at the mouth!

  200. Jay Z spends a lot of time talking about how important he is because he’s rich. He’s consumed with money. I don’t see why he’s a big deal. I don’t see him stepping and taking any social responsibility. The author of the article is right – what Jay Z is saying is aligned with right wing conservatives. I don’t understand why people think he’s a big deal.

    If he didn’t feel defensive, he wouldn’t be saying “You don’t know all the sh*t I do for the homies.” to Mr. Belafonte a full year later. No, we don’t know, since he’s always talking about how cool he is because he’s rich.

    Meanwhile, Harry Belafonte has been in the trenches, and if it weren’t for him, and others like him who worked their butts off to help further the cause, Mr. Jay Z wouldn’t be in a position to be worth $500 million dollars.

    I believe we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. Mr. Belafonte has proven he is a man to step up to the plate. It’s not just abour what you give to charity. It’s about what you do to further the cause, and what you use your mouth to help. Mr. Belafonte has done that. How has Jay Z ever put his as* on the line for the cause?

  201. There is enough stuff for both of them. It would have been better for them to get together privately and deal with this. But what has happened now is just what the oppressive system wants. . . two important people at odds and the community taking sides.

    The truth is Mr. Belafonte and Mr. Jay-Z are both important and influential people to the community, whether you want to believe or acknowledge that or not. They are looked up to and heard and any division between them is creates division between us. Jay-Z and “the young-ins” should see what Belfonte and the civil rights people did is importance for them and Belafonte and the “civil rights history” people should see how times have changed and people are doing things differently now. The oppressive system has changed and strategies to fight it have to change with it. And we have to stop getting divided over everything that the system throws our way. This is ultimately a distraction and a way to let others decide (be using our bickering and division) who and what our leaders should look like and say.

    Mr. Belfonte and Mr. Jay-z are both wrong to public disrespect each other because that is not the behavior we expect from our leaders.

    Keep your head up and be mindful.

    • Malachi you are so right. A house divided will fall.

    • Malachi your an A #1 idiot, there is no comparison between Jay-Z & Harry Blafonte, Mr Belafonte is the 1st Black Person (He’s Caribbean like myself) to win a Tony Award. He was the 1st Tony Award winner to not be invited on the “Tonight Show” in history but he demanded it against the protest of the entertainment community & got it. He was on the forfront of the “Civil Rights” struggle again against the advice of the entertainment community & was a target of J. Edgar Hoover as was MLK. Jay-Z worth $500 million & only donated $5000 to his own charity, I donated more to charity. 1 contributed to the uplifting of the African American Culture & the other profits from its cultural legacy & has nothing but arrgant disdain for its people. For those who believe that we have come so far that we no longer need to learn listen & pay respect to the “Civil Rights” movement need to get the Heck out of the way because obviously they were sleep during the “Trayvon Martin” trial & the assault on the “65 voting rights act & affirmative action & has never read “those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it”. Such idiocy you guys invoke & your knowledge of history go back about 6 months

  202. Who does Jay-Z think he is? He was totally disrespectful and he should have not have commented to a legend such as Mr. Belafonte but just took it as constructive criticism and said “Yes, Sir”. To much is given; much is required so see Jay-Z the Blessings that you receive just doesn’t stay in your household but to worthy causes as well. No, I don’t suggest you go give a bunch of money to your homey/s but to donate to WORTHY CAUSES in the Black Community. Also, when will you learn that the N-Word is a white man’s word of hatred and disgrace used to degrade your Ancestors? Maybe you need to educate yourself and respect your elders.

  203. Joseph Orlando Blaylock

    not good black on black bashing,respecting our elder’s is the phase for the day.

  204. You little Niggers disrespecting Harry Bellefonte that man had endured personal sacrifice for right of you ignorant people who fate fix lip against him, his life, his efforts and his sacrifice have been a direct benefit to the careers of jay z and beouncey, out of respect jay and B should have kept quiet, And jay Z had helped to send more niggas to jail than Jim Crow, plus charities are a tax hustle for the rich.

  205. Have never been a fan of Jay Z, What will he teach his daughter. How will he react should she disrespect him? He should seek forgiveness and help to restore the lives of all those mothers, fathers, grandparents, brothers & sisters and children that he help destory in his past career.

  206. Gravity, if you don’t know your past you won’t know your future. JZ and B and BI will need HB or someone like him in their future.

  207. jay is a grown man doing big things! when these older spot light ppl come out against a role model to the youth,he must stand up boldly for himself, as to represent for the rest of us!!! i mean, if belafonte didnt do his research before making that statement, is it safe to say that he lumped jay into an idea of a non-productive/non-contributory rapper? we need positive leaders, but we dont stand behind them!!!how is jay not an asset to the black community?

    • @emie joe
      How is Jay-Z a role model? Is it because he makes a lot of money? Is it because he married a wealthy wife? Is it because he killed someone and brags it was reduced to manslaughter? Is it because he has fancy cars, boats, homes, etc.? What is a role model to the Black Community youth of today? If you didn’t know Mr. Belafonte is a CIVIL RIGHTS Leader perhaps you need to do your research on him and some of our other Civil Rights Leaders that you call, “older spot light ppl,” that died for you and the Jay-z’s of this world. You young people better get your priorities in order and learn to respect your elders.

    • Please please by all means tell me what Jay-Z had done for our race? Please tell me how is he a role model? What has it done for his community. How dare you call an Elder of the Civil Rights Movement a “boy”. Are you serious? I’m listening? Please google Harry Belefonte and see what he has done for his race and then google your boy and tell me what has he done. I’ll wait!

    • Mr. Belafonte grew up poor also but didn’t sell out his peeps like Jay Z by perpetuating, blight, the encouragement of drug use in his black community. Jay Z put himself down and u down Eiree Joe with that arrogant response and the boy referral to M. Belafonte, demonstrates Jay Z’s thoughtlessness, a lack of strength in character it also explains why many African-American parents want their children to model after a person conscious of spiritual corruption won’t take advantage of others’ struggles like a Mr. Harry Belafonte, a human being that is charitable is also Mr. Belafonte’s request to the Jay Z to give to his peeps trapped in the skinner rat boxes a healthier way to get to 5th Aves of American, than selling drugs or using lyrics to glorify ignorance.

  208. Since the media loves these types of interactions between black folks instead of real news. I would say it is disrespect on both parts. When you take on the ways of someone else’s culture you will look as foolish as them. Elders have to find a way to better deliver a message, and younguns have to find a way to listen and learn from each other. Peace

  209. WOW!!! J is really smellin his self… Harry B. is not talking about your money, he’s talking about your VOICE. Jay Z and his other iconic contemporaries i.e. LaBron, Jordon, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne etc. are in a very unique position. they have the attention of an entire generation, and the opportunity to change the world. The same way Harry Belafonte, Jim Brown, Muhammed Ali, James Brown, Marvin Gaye etc. used their VOICES to inspire our youth and shaped the culture that gave birth to the Hip-hop generation. WAKE UP J

    • Harry Belafonte doesn’t need to be validated by Jay Z,Quite the oposite.
      I’m sorry but buying his homies expensive
      Jewelry, shoes and cars that they cannot afford is
      not empowerment. Investing in a sports team and a sports agency at such a minor level doesn’t
      make an impact. Flaunting your wealth while more than 50% of your “niggas” are jobless isn’t inspiring or impressive. Charity starts at home, if he’s such a genius create some serious jobs by investing in serious local businesses.
      Invest in the neighborhood that you grew up in first.Finally, bragging about texting his main “nigga” Pres. Obama, I just don’t get it at all…his biggest gig is being paid by conservatives to keep us all dumbed down….
      It appears that he has his (wealth) and isn’t seriously interested in helping anyone get their.
      DOn’t expect him to pay it forward, there will not be any $20 million dollar checks donated to any colleges black or white. Even the Black Eye Peas guy with just a few dollars helped save people from losing their homes, no much response from Jay Z…..sad commentary…

  210. Jay has deff step outside his boundaries with this, MR.BELOFANTE is one of the reasons why your black butt hasnt been lynched. .CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER AND ICON. JAY STAY IN YA PLACE AND DONT ALLOW THAT MONEY TO CONTROL WHAT AND WHO YOU ARE..SMH DISAPPOINTED

  211. Dont dish it…if u cant take it! Respect goes both ways

  212. Oh jayz. I am ashamed. I dont like rap but i have try to understand The messages it brings,I am 65 but no way have i ever disrepected my elders,no matter what. You owe Mr Belafonte an apology and in person. Be a man and do The right thing. Money is not everything. No one can take who you are as a man. Always be a man and respect yourself.

  213. Watch your habits; they become your character. Watch your character for it will become your destiny. An excerpt from a poem I reflect on quite frequently. Words are powerful and can reflect the inner workings s of a man’s mind. Jay-Z is 43 yrs old now. I think he should get it by now. He’s not a “youngin” or is he??? Maturity is relative.

  214. I Don’t agree with how Jay Z handled Mr Belafonte’s criticism but I also do not agree with the manner in which Mr Belafonte went after Jay Z and his wife Beyonce. Respect is respect whatever the age and oftentimes the older generation feels like they can step to a younger person without respect and so they get back what the put out. Mr Belafonte has spent a lifetime managing relationships and meeting people where they are what happened in this case? Jay Z and many of are older leaders definitely have one thing in common… EGO

    • @ Marc Clark

      Our Elders don’t have to be polite when correcting or addressing their youth. Especially, when they have sacrificed their lives for us. Didn’t anyone teach you don’t respect your elders unless you want a back hand slap. He should have done what Bernie Mack said and, “shut the f**k up.

      • Most younger African-American don’t have knowledge of SELF-RESPECT the outcome of the far reaching impact of the dehumanization effects of slavery, particularly in America, therefore a Jay Z isn’t capable of demonstrateing respect for an Elder. Mr. Belafonte understands development of the Soul unlike some rappers property of the streets and still products of the master-slave relationship.

  215. JZ yo ass will be 45 years old this year.. so your very own words are appropriate to tell you ..


    most peeps that speak of respect.. never give it.. JZ you may have helped.. which i think your wife does more than you.. but thats neither here or there.. Mr. Belafonte EARNED his.. he survived a period where there was a Emmitt Till killing daily.. where this country was organized to destroy us.. so to call this MAN who did more for black people that you ever have.. skip it..

  216. The number problem with negroes is gullibility (and being followers and uninformed).

    Give me a break with harry belafonte – he was involved with project mockingbird. they’re all in the same “club”.


  218. I am appalled at this song. I am ashamed of the language. I am concerned young Black people listen to this tripe. I couldn’t care less how much money these two gave to the Obama campaign; whatever it was they can afford it without feeling the pinch. I may have had issues with Mr. Belafonte at times but for JZ to disrespect someone who’s been in the trenches is a very low blow. Took you a year to pout and come out for some kind of ‘revenge’. You sound like a thug – and those lyrics bear me out. Funny. If it weren’t for people like Harry Belafonte and others like him willing to fight for the rights, you wouldn’t be sitting as pretty as you are now. Take your thumb out of your mouth, grow up and find some respect.

  219. Both Jay Z and his wife are two misguided beings who need to connect with the Creator. Disrespect to an elder is not pleasing to the GOD.

  220. I find it hard to feel any respect for Jay Z after knowing he’d sink to this childish level of response. (It also makes me wonder about Beyonce’s judgment because she has made the choice to share her life with someone of his caliber). Not impressed and very disappointed. As usual, it all comes down to lack of education.

  221. Some would say Rap culture is the problem today.

    • @ Doc Johnson, The United States has a routine of “Setting up tyrants ” and taking them down for POLITICAL GAINS ala the Bush family with Noriega & Saddam and so goes the “image of the RAP CULTURE “… THEY’VE been LYRICALLY setup from the word GO!.. (SPEAKING OF THE LYRICAL CONTENT PUT ON THE MARKETS)… Jay Z & Beyonce have to ask yourselves. Why black entertainers can’t travel abroad w/o some domestic anti-american criticism from conservative media… Then maybe Jay-Z will recognize why Belafonte has dubbed them as the next freedom fighters … Jay Z is right his family can remain entertainers & doesn’t have to stand on any issue that’s their choice to represent “girl power” & “jet setting ” as their lyrical content….

  222. Pathetic. Who is “JZ” to hit out at Mr. Belafonte while Mr. Belafonte was working towards gaining equal rights for the negro JZ was barely a spark in his mother’s womb. Mr. Belafonte: freedom fighter, JZ: ex- drug dealer turned rapper. Really. no contest. AS for giving back to his community, isn’t that the same community he once sold drugs to? how many fathers, mothers daughters & sons were destroyed by him for a quick buck. To make reference to the murder of someone’s mother for profit is disgusting, further the fact that he refers to himself as a “n***” is quite telling how he views himself. This is who the young black man wants to emulate? WOW! SAD.

  223. Some would say the Rap culture is a major part of our problem today.

  224. There is room for growth on both sides. Perhaps our esteemed elder could have advised Jay Z privately. No one likes being put on Front Street; however I personally do not think there is ever a reason to disrespect an elder such as Mr. Belafonte, who has been very instrumental in ensuring the liberties Jay Z and others now enjoy. Jay Z should have taken the hit, “assuming best intentions” realizing Mr. Belafonte has earned the right to chastise any of us. Remember how the neighbor in the Black community had the right and even responsibility to correct us in our error? Money does not change these fundamental convictions in such individuals as Mr. Belafonte. He felt, I’m sure he had earned the right as an elder. Mr. Belafont is OUR elder; over 80 years old! Any Black person looks silly and unlearned to refer to such a giant as a boy. Jay Z and Beyoncé have much to learn as we all do. Blessings to all the gods and goddesses of the earth! Hotep.

    • Jay Z is what he is. a man from the streets who has no sense of history beyond his own self.Harry has loved black people and our culture for decades. He has risked his life for black people.He has time and time again spoke out against injustice and paid the price.Harry fought aparhid when Jay Z was out selling drugs.The simple fact is many so called superstars fear thier white masters. The powerful men who sign a rich nigga’s check. Jay z has money but does he have the balls to move beyond the assigned of entertainer he has been given, A role that can be taken away at any moment and become an icon of black strengh like Harry. Jay z talk to this man and perhaps you might want to take up his cross and carry it forward.

    • Very well said Regena!

  225. It took him nearly a whole year to formulate a response? And in a song for that matter!

    This is the sort of shit that we just need to ignore. This was a calculated move on his part. He figured this way people who buy his music or are forced to listen to him because that is what is playing on the radio, will hear this, therefore getting to the maximum audience and getting maximum airplay. Ignore him he is not worth all this agro. If he didn’t understand what Harry was saying back then and didn’t understand it during the course of the year, he obviously doesn’t understand now and he never will. He is just an example of an ignorant person.

    The reality is he spend a whole year plotting on how best he could hit back, instead of attempting to understand what was being said.

  226. Just not cool@ all, totally disrepectful

  227. Harzavier Bailey

    *Correction: forget who (they’re) talkin to…

  228. Harzavier Bailey

    That’s foul in every way, for him to disrespect an elder like that… No matter how much money he has! Apparently, there must’ve been truth in what Mr. Belafonté said, or else Jay Z wouldn’t have taken it so personally, as to have waited this long to respond back to his comments… Yet, there are other ‘rappers’ that have publicly disrespected him far worst, and he didn’t utter a word back to them… he just played a role like he was too big to respond to any of them! Funny though, how some people let money make them forget who their talking to… While that same money means nothing to a virtuous individual! The “youngin” could stand to learn a lot of things from the Elder! Real talk! Or should I say, Real rap…

  229. jay Z. Jay Zero just got a big mouth. He needs to be more respectful. he can learn from Mr. harry B. Money don’t buy dignity. Keep giving your money to the tax man and not to those that are doing the real work, besides Mr. harry don’t need nothing from your sad ass. Jay Zero…

    • Vary well put

    • Jay Z is bragging on himself, and still finding time to disrespect Mr. Balafonte and himself. To be civil is a quality many of us don’t seem to possess, or feel the need to profess in our responses. Yes, he has money and have donated money, but, where has he shown respect to many of the downtroddened neighborhoods of countless impressionable kids. Jay Z’S money has not taught him to be more respectful to his ‘AFRICAN AMERICAN RACE’, either. He is still using the ‘N=WORD’ much too frequently. Jay Z, if you understood Mr. Balafonte and what he is saying, you might find time to understand yourself in what you should be saying and doing. ‘You see ‘Jay Z’….Money should not make you, you should make money’…………………Mac

  230. I have zero respect for this guy they call Jay-z. and this article solidified my lack of respect for him. I cannot stand when people disrespect elders or anyone who paved the way. Harry Belafonte deserves every bit of respect. I don’t know who this Jay-z character thinks he is but money can’t buy class or intelligence and that is pretty evident with most of today’s “entertainers”

    • You’re absolutely right my sister. Jay Z is an ungrateful, bloated wretch of a man. I shudder to think what values he’ll instill in his daughter. One of the rules of success is looking back and thanking and praising your Elders for their sacrifices. Mr. Belafonte toiled and sweated much so that ungrateful pieces of rubbish like Jay-Z could enjoy a prosperous and privileged lifestyle. The fact of the matter is that Jay Z is a lost soul and not worthy of anyone’s time or attention. If you guys have any semblance of sense, you would force Jay Z to apologise profusely to Mr. Harry Belafonte or boycott his filthy albums and shows. Until then Jay Z will remain ignorant, bloated and ungrateful. Thanks Jay Z: you’re really showing what type of man you are. Boooooooooooooo!!!!!!

  231. Totally blancmange and garbage. How dare Jay-Z disrespect our history. He need to apologize and take that ish off the market immediately.

  232. Jay Z has gotten rich and forgot to have respect for people who have paved the way for him to get where he is!! It was highly disrespectful and he should be ashamed of himself!! Someone needs to knock Jay down a prg or two because obviously he feels that just because he got rich rhyming that he is above everyone!! Not Cool!!!!