Jay Z‘s chickens are coming home to roost. The aging rap mogul allegedly polluted the Marcy projects in Brooklyn with cocaine, according to his own lyrics.
In his feature on Pusha T‘s new track “Drug Dealers Anonymous”, Jay Z raps:
14-year drug dealer and still counting
Who deserves the medal of freedom is my accountant
He been hula hooping through loop holes, working around shit
IRS should’ve had the townhouses surrounded
Many wonder how 47-year-old Jay Z — real name Shawn Carter — got away with drug dealing and polluting the bodies of young people for so long.
It pays to have friends in high places and accountants who know how to cook the books.
But is Jay Z’s luck running out? The mainstream media has begun digging into his past and his humble beginnings as a drug kingpin.
Daily Beast — According to Zack Greenberg’s excellent book Empire State of Mind, Jay began moving serious “weight” along with his childhood pal, DeHaven Irby, and Emory Jones. While Irby has accused Jay of exaggerating his drug-dealing past, claiming that most of the raps more closely resemble himself, no one is disputing that Jay Z was involved in dealing drugs.
“One person who spent time with both Jay Z and DeHaven during the early 1990s estimates that Jay Z was moving a kilogram of cocaine (a $12,000 value before the fourfold street markup) per week,” wrote Greenburg. “‘He was definitely involved in the narcotics game,’ says the source, who asked to remain anonymous. ‘There’s no denying that.’”
In his autobiography Decoded, Jay Z discussed his years working as a street-level crack and cocaine dealer for Jones in Maryland, writing about how it ended with “police investigations, whole crews arrested,” and adding, “I got out of there just in time. Some of my best friends weren’t so lucky. It was tragic.”