Shortly after the 2015 Billboard Awards wrapped on Sunday, rumors swirled that rap magnate Jay Z and his Burlesque singer wife Beyonce paid “tens of thousands” of dollars in bail money for misguided youths who were arrested during the Baltimore uprisings last month.
Writer and single mom dream hampton took to Twitter.com on Sunday to toot her own horn and to spread the word that Jay Z is suddenly pro-black and supports black causes.
“It’s true,” hampton told the New York Daily News. “I erased [the tweets] because I didn’t want it on Twitter.”
Now we know — thanks to hampton’s narcissism — that Jay Z has been bailing out protesters in Ferguson and Baltimore.
Many critics say Jay Z and Beyonce are suddenly benevolent and charitable because their Tidal app is flopping.
Over the weekend, Jay Z and Beyonce released the music video for her and Nicki Minaj’s yawn-inspiring duet “Feeling Myself” on TIDAL.
Then on Monday, Jay Z released what he called his “steam of consciousness” freestyle on TIDAL. In his freestyle, the aging rapper called out the white corporate structure monoliths, YouTube and Apple, Inc., for pissing on his Tidal app and nearly causing its demise.
There was a time when you couldn’t get Jay Z to mention Trayvon Martin. Now he’s dropping the names of Martin and other black men who were killed for their skin color in his rhymes.
Do we even know if hampton is speaking the truth? Where are the protesters that she bailed out? Have they stepped forward yet?
The reality is consumers aren’t interested in TIDAL because it has nothing new to offer. But don’t let reality or truth get in the way of Jay Z and Beyonce’s egos.
Don’t be surprised if Jay Z enlists President Obama to film a promotion for Tidal. You know that’s coming next.
Check out the lyrics to Jay Z’s anti-corporate rant below.
“I don’t need no middlemen to talk to my ni**as / I understand if you don’t understand I figure my ni**a / That’s where we differ / I take what’s mine you accept what they give you / I get you / I don’t take no checks / I take my respect / Pharrell even told me ‘Go with the best bet’ / Jimmy Iovine offered the safety net / Google came around with a crazy check / I feel like YouTube is the culp-a-rit /. Ni**as pay you a tenth of what you supposed to get / You know ni**a die for equal pay, right? You know what I’m worth / I ain’t your slave right / You know I ain’t shucking and jivin’ and high fivin’ / You know this ain’t back in the days right / But I can’t tell by the way they kill Freddie Gray right / Shot down / Mike Brown / Like the way they did Tray right? / Y’all gone’ keep choking’ ni**as / We gon’ turn style / I ain’t your token ni**a / You know I came in this game independent right / TIDAL / My own label / same difference / Oh ni**as is skeptical of they own shit / You bought nine iPhones and Steve Jobs is rich / Phil Knight worth trillions you still bought those kicks / Spotify’s nine billion and they ain’t say shit / ‘Lucyyy you got some splainin’ to do’ / The only one they hatin’ on look the same as you / That’s cool / I know they tryin’ to bamboozle you / Spending billions on meryin’ to confusin’ you / I had to tell myself ‘Hov, get used to it’ / It’s politics as usual.”