A soul and kosher coalition

A few weeks ago, when I saw that weird anti-semitism PSA featuring Russell Simmons and, of course, Jay-Z[1], I knew something was up. I just wasn’t sure what.

To be sure, combating anti-semitism is a perfectly worthwhile cause. At the risk of sounding didactic, I’m gonna go ahead and put this out there: It’s wrong to hate Jews. Adolf Hitler = bad. Ice cream = good. No Pharrell.

That said, anti-semitism in the hip-hop community is hardly the most pressing issue in the Jewish diaspora, no? I can hardly think of a recent incident in which a rapper let anything like that slip in an interview. Did some Jews get beat up at a rap concert? Not that I know of.

Also, let’s keep it real: the Jews have a long and storied history of crying anti-semitism and invoking the name of Adolph Hitler whenever it’s politically expedient. No Mel Gibson. Take for example the recent incident when it was discovered Iran might have a nuke.

I should’ve known though that there was more to it than that. When I saw Rush’s most recent bizarre PSA, where he travels to the diamond mines of Africa, it all came together. The Jews have enlisted Russell Simmons to protect their interest in the diamond industry.

You’ll recall that a few weeks ago it was announced that Rush was creating a new program to educate Africans on how to better benefit from the diamond trade. Rather than dig up diamonds to be sent elsewhere to be refined, Africans would learn to refine them in their own backyard.

As it turns out, Rush’s new Diamond Empowerment Fund is sponsored, in a round about way, by DeBeers, the family that controls the bulk of the international diamond trade, and is part of a much larger PR campaign designed to discredit the new film Blood Diamond.

Damn, Rush.

Tuesday, the same day I did a story about the conflict diamonds issue, Rush and his estranged wife held a press conference in New York to announce that the diamond trade in Africa, as it turns out, really isn’t that bad after all.

According to Rush, “I have witnessed, firsthand, that diamonds can be, as they are in Botswana, the difference between extreme poverty and total stability.” Indeed, if it wasn’t for the diamond trade, there wouldn’t be much business going on in Botswana at all.

Was that ever the issue though? In the New York Times the other day, it was revealed that Africans are getting raped big time on the sale of these diamonds. They only get paid $15 for a diamond that would cost us (you) $5,000.

Will the Africans in Rush’s Diamond Empowerment Fund make any more money from diamonds than they would otherwise? Pshaw! Rush’s response to a reporter who put forth this question:

“No, I’ll answer him because I’m a business man and this gentleman obviously is not.” Simmons then countered that it takes about 25 cents to make a t-shirt you can sell for a $100. “Kimora can sell it for $500 or $600,” he added.

Wow. So in other words, the people in Africa don’t deserve to benefit from their own natural resources on the same level as Rush because they aren’t as good business people.

I swear, I’ve seen some sad shit in my life, but this about trumps everything.

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[1] Can you believe the new Jay-Z video, supposedly a tribute to his dead nephew, includes paid product placement for some sort of new Maybach?

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    1st..

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    i’m suprised to say, good post Bol…

    I knew the hate that resides deep within could be used for “good”!

    Yeah Russell is a gay sell out, but hey- i thought that was already known…

  • http://xxl.com Malik B

    You just can’t write a story without mentioning Jay-Z, can you?

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    oh, and Kay Slay ripping a hole in Lil’ Wayne made me crack up…

    check eskay’s site- no i don’t work for http://www.nahright.com

    (wink)

  • Tom

    fuck russell simmons.

  • http://myspace.com/djchase247 Eastside Bread Maker

    Hey Bol as soon as i read Rush’s interview i knew something had to up, and more than likely it was someone greasing Rush’s pockets. Truth be told, I’ll wait to completely pass judgment on this issue until more info comes from it, but from how i see it now, Russell Simmons has just sold out his people for some dirty rocks.

  • http://xxl.com Malik B

    Jay-Z reference notwithstanding, this was a great story. You must be motivated.

  • chizamp

    yea yea yea…okay post…keep it up chubz…but you STILL had to bring Jay z in…for the love of god man!!!!!

  • Meka Soul

    “the world is filled with pimps & hoes…”

  • jay

    cant leave jay out your mouth. Bol is a punk-ass faggot

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    I care about people, not possessions. UNO!

  • content

    good post

  • d stapes

    bol, so do you visit the rap up often?

  • Fernando

    I knew you had to take a jab @ Jay Bol. I was reading in disbelief as you had an entire post going without some sort of hatred pointed at Mr. Z. Not bad though. Def Jam Simmons is a sheisty bastard. I wonder what Nas thinks of his owners politics since his song is all over the “Blood Diamond” commercial.

    P.S – Why dont people (Celebrities) start going over to Africa to build huge houses & Ball out??? If I had major loot, I would have palaces all over the place.

  • mannyworld33

    NOBODY CARES ABOUT THIS POST JUST LIKE NOBODY CARES ABOUT YOU TOILET-BOL! WHAT DOES JAY’S VIDEO HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING?

    FUCK BOL! (NO SAT. NIGHT WORKOUT)

  • thatwhitedude

    rush is a greedy, slimy, grimy sellout, just as p diddy, master p, dame dash, suge knight, baby, jay z, and all the other “big” players/ceo’s/richest people in hip-hop have ALWAYS been. this isn’t really new. i can’t think of a single hip-hop major player/ceo that was actually moral and not a greedy bastard. this is just how the world works people, the people on top are always slimeballs, thats how you get on top in the first place!

  • Fernando

    You can build a Mansion of Marble for about $200,000. BAAAALLLLIIIIINNNNN

    Does the Clipse album really only have 12 songs??? Thank god I downloaded that piece.

  • Fernando

    Nightmares is a good song. I like Wamp Wamp. Keys open Doors is good too.

    Governor has some cuts (whoever said it was good, good look)…..Although the song with T.I is TERRIBLE.

    THROW SOME D’s ON THAT B*TCH!!!!

  • wow

    apart from the obvious ‘jew’ bullshit, this post wasnt as bad as what we generaally get from you. A few things though:
    To call Russel a sell-out is like calling Condi Rice a sell-out. For some reason we believe that someone’s skin colour determines their poltical affiliation. They are the enemies of poor people ALL over the world. They aint sell outs – they just dont give a fuck. Russel is perhaps one of the worst things to happen to hiphop.

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    I’m blessing ALL u niggaz right now!

    Hip Hop is Dead album tracklist and link to get it:

    01. Money Over Bullshit (Produced By L.E.S.)
    02. You Can’t Kill Me (Produced By Salaam Remi)
    03. Carry On Tradition (Produced By Scott Storch)
    04. Where Are They Now (Produced by Nas and Salaam Remi)
    05. Hip Hop Is Dead (Featuring will.i.am) (Produced by will.i.am)
    06. Who Killed It? (Produced By will.i.am)
    07. Black Republican (Feat. Jay-Z) (Produced By L.E.S.)
    08. Not Going Back (Featuring Kelis) (Produced by Star Gate)
    09. Still Dreaming (Featuring Kanye West & Chrisette Michelle) (Produced by Kanye West)
    10. Hold Down The Block (Produced by Mark Batson)
    11. Blunt Ashes (Produced by Chris Webber)
    12. Let There Be Light (Featuring Tre Williams) (Produced by Kanye West)
    13. Play On Playa (Featuring Snoop Dogg) (Produced by Scott Storch)
    14. Can’t Forget About You (Featuring Chrisette Michelle) (Produced by will.i.am)
    15. Hustlers (Featuring The Game & Marsha Ambrosius) (Produced By Dr. Dre)
    16. Hope (Acapella)

    below is where u can eat!

    http://rapidshare.com/files/6487942/N.rar

  • Bang

    get your sherlock holmes hat and smoker’s pipe which blows bubbles (no homo) on for that article Bol, that was pretty dope.

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    Step it up Fern…

    Nas is album is ok…

  • Spark

    Good Post B. -The Have and the have nots- nothing in between

  • Were Read 2 Def

    Bol is a jigga stan. No doubt.

  • Were Read 2 Def

    I can hardly think of a recent incident in which a rapper let anything like that slip in an interview.

    ^^^nullus

  • http://www.myspasce.com/16kingz ALLMIGHTYMUDDUCK!!

    and mofos wonder why hip-hop is dead we got our black president goin all bush on us>killin niggas for overpriced bullshit!! damn doggy it’s a sad day in history when niggas call the god Russey on some ill shit. as for that nigga Dame “dummy” niggas should knew he was dirty man he use to roll wit’ Un and that nigga’s been Grimey ya’mean!

  • Bang

    russel been having underaged asain models polish him on some creepy, older father figure type of shit, look at kimora

  • Spark

    The world iz going to shit

  • sean

    What happened to yesterday’s post? Damn you, Fiddy Cent!!!

  • http://www.myspasce.com/16kingz thebestout!

    Bol you a piece a dryed ou tdog shit but at least you a piece of dried out dog shit that post sumin’ tell’emm ohter niggas to get on they job!! Tara excluded (simply cuz’ I wanna cannon ball her face!)

  • Spark

    Jews=war ???

  • 6 100

    If you’re under 20 you probably don’t understand that Bol doesn’t have a real problem with Jay. It seems he has a problem with corperate intrests taking control of hip hop and furthering their agenda with our(yours, too) music. This is called “selling out 101′

    Jay happens to be based on selling out his roots(I dont know if that pun is intended or not). Notice how only promoted his music. Selling out to materialism and idiocy.

    “Russell Simmons” and the word “sellout” are synonyms. I hope him and Kimono never make a dollar ever again. But, unfortunately, they will, because of the teens and tweens that post about Bol’s chubby/ashy scalp, or how he lives with his moms.

  • http://mixfiend.com Belize

    Deep shyt..who would have thought.

    Good post Bol..i hope u dont get “dave chappelle’d” for sayin this.

    Props!

  • Hurricane Game

    HAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAA.Bols a Funny Muthafuka always takin Jabs at Jay. That S On My Chest Is a fuckin faggot

  • http://mixfiend.com Belize

    Bol looks like Bill Nunn aka the DuhDuhDuh man from New Jack city..just less OG

  • http://www.myspace.com/writeonpointmagazine janice

    De Beers are pulling Russell’s strings. I have lost so much respect for that man.
    Good post Bol!

  • content

    Bol = Jim Jones

    Both have to talk shit about Jay just to get noticed

  • stoneyisland

    Bol is a hating uncle tom and his moms should have aborted his dumb ass. This gay bastard is infactuated with Jay-Z, maybe he wants to write a tell all book after sucking Jays dick.

  • http://mixfiend.com Belize

    Nando – yeah that T.I. song is wack..but the album is nails

  • chizamp

    lol..aiight! bol took a miny jab at Jay…but he’s tryin man…you cant stop being a asshole cold turkey ladies and gentlemen…give him a chance

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    Damn, i try to ket u lil niggaz eat on this Nas album, whassup???

  • jacquez
  • Tyler

    Bol, U done did it again. What are U doin’? Tryin’ 2 get yourself a publizer prize or something? If U do just don’t forget the little people and keep it 2 the streets just like your doin’.

    Yea’ man I agree wit’ U. What Russ is pullin’ is mad weak and here I thought he was doin’ some good shit 4 our people. They gettin’ raped for some major paper and fuckin’ Jay Z is taking them water? Someone needs 2 step up 2 the plate on this situation. Madonna, fineass Jolie or somebody since they like African kids so much.

    With the Jews whom do control the fuckin’ world, yea’ they have gotten away wit’ shall I say, Murder cause of that psycho Hilter which he was Jewish himself so I would say U all should look up some real shit on the Holocaust for yourself on the internet. I just wish people would be as serious about the fact we were forced into slavery 4 so long and all that like they do for the Jews. One ain’t bigger than the other in my eyes but they treat it like it is. Fuck a 40 acres and a Mull, just give us a bucket of them Diamonds and we’ll call us, even. Peep the musical heat at:
    http://www.myspace.com/marcmaysrockandrollthug
    http://www.myspace.com/marcusrealiusmusic

  • Fernando

    Cheeba….

    I dont know what the hell you are talking about. And to be honest, I dont really care that much about Nas. Ill probably download the album, but Im not holding my breath.

  • P

    I like where you’re going with this bol

  • Fernando

    The New Mac Mall has cuts.

  • Hurricane Game

    PS. Russell Simmons Is the biggest hypocrite to say that when his wifee Kimora turns up at an awards show with millions of dollars worth of diamonds on.
    Nas Hip Hop Is Dead 1st Week Sales=100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

  • http://justsayin2000.blogspot.com GentleWhoadie9000

    I am very upset that the managing director of the Board of the World Zionist Conspiracy didn’t contact me about using Russell Simmons to advance our cause of world domination through standup comedy, accounting and bad food.

    I must have had no cell phone reception when I was inside the control center of my ginger bread ray inside a volcano.

  • http://mixfiend.com Belize

    Cheeba-all i want to know: Is “blunt ashes” ill and can webber produce?

  • Tyler

    I knew I was rockin’ all that fake ice for a good reason. Peace

  • Fernando

    I wonder how Bol feels about being Sonnned by Tara? Since he has no heart, he probably just took a shat & jerked it to Gin Blossoms video’s.

  • Metaphor

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Bol… great post.

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    Nas is SPITTING on his new album!!!

    “Money over Bullshit” is a KNOCKER!

    yall niggaz better get right…

  • Jimmie Bob

    Bol says…

    Wow. So in other words, the people in Africa don’t deserve to benefit from their own natural resources on the same level as Rush because they aren’t as good business people.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    thats exactly right. they are not, look at the blacks in this country, they dont even work, how the fuck they gonna be good business people?

  • john cochran

    Africa is the richest continent on the planet natural resource wise. It’s also the most beautiful( I know from all those docs on the discovery channel. I’m tired of celebrities goin over there taking pictures and shit thinking they’re doin someone a favor. If you really care, invest some paper over there. Shit the white man be doin it, he just does it for greed purposes. Stop chilling in st. Tropez and go chill in niger.

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    http://rapidshare.com/files/6487942/N.rar

    ^^^link to album…

    @ Beli, “blunt ashes” is sub-par… The beat would’ve been better w/Luda or even Hov (it’s a “double time” south beat”, kind of)…

    The 2 Kanye beats r cool, overall if ur a Nas fan- ur just happy he’s spitting…

    is it better than Game’s album, no…

    Can u bump it str8 thru, yes!

    so that’s a triumph in itself…

  • PureComedy

    Why does the Jay-Z and Russell Simmons PSA look like an Iraqi hostage video?

    And why is Jay-z blinking funny

  • let the game begin

    bol’s not making any sence to me he’s not saying anything out of he’s own knowlenge only refering to russel simmons. do some research boy maybe then you’ll make sence.

    p.s quit with that jay-z shit it’s getting lamer by the day.

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    @ Beli, “blunt ashes” is sub-par… The beat would’ve been better w/Luda or even Hov (it’s a “double time” south beat”, kind of)…

    The 2 Kanye beats r cool, overall if ur a Nas fan- ur just happy he’s spitting…

    is it better than Game’s album, no…

    Can u bump it str8 thru, yes!

    so that’s a triumph in itself…

  • http://www.myspace.com/deensekou sATaLyte

    http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A164707&comments=yes#lastcomment
    ^
    XXL built themselves a squad with these guys.

    Whatever the hell you guys make, it’s definitely not enough.

    Anyhoo do your thing Bol, good looks on the fakery comin from Russ.

    But let’s not act surprised, when you get money like that shit changes, I’d be hardpressed to find anybody in here, including myself who might not do the same in Russ’es position.

  • Incilin

    Thank you Bol! I gota hand it to u, this is one of the best posts ever put out on this site. It’s nice to see you take on a social as well as a moral issue and hip hop music at the same time.

    “Wow. So in other words, the people in Africa don’t deserve to benefit from their own natural resources on the same level as Rush because they aren’t as good business people.”

    Nothin but props.

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    “…pure euphoria, a dose of death for all of ya…”

    Nasty Nas kid!

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    wooooooooooooooooooo!

  • B

    adfa

  • http://www.thesbdexperience.com livefromthe225

    this is what our “stars” will do in efforts to maintain their Eurocentric, materialistic ways of living…ball at all costs right?…hopefully the spirit of those mutilated kids will take hold of those diamond chains and lynched these Tom niggas in they sleep

  • http://www.thesbdexperience.com livefromthe225

    excuse me, lynch these Tom niggas in they sleep (I used past tense on accident…maybe I was too excited that it actually did happen)

  • skagger vance

    didn’t the chick on run’s house mention starting a jewelery (diamond) business?

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    The Motherland has been getting raped from day one…from resources to the people…

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    Russel Simmons and Jay-z are puppets for the so called jews

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    where niggaz at doggie?

  • 110 street

    Bravo my Dude, Bravo well written nice way to pull a card.

  • the truth

    Russell Simmons is easily the single most influential figure concerning hip-hop and its world wide billion dollar economic base… He along with Bob Johnson pratically created the marketplace which employs thousands of young minority men & women. No other form of art has ever benefited minority men and women the way hip-hop has and this man is largely responsible… He wrote the book on how to build an empire within our culture…

  • David

    Bol, once again you bring up good points but I fail to see what the hell the Jews have to do with it. Jews didn’t found De Beers, don’t run De Beers, and have nothing to do with how Africans are treated by these companies. Which is too bad, because we would probably make their conditions a lot better. Yes there are some Jewish jewellers, but so what? That’s like blaming the guy at Taco Bell because you got sick from the lettuce or green onions are whatever you ate their. The product is bad, but don’t blame it on the middle man.
    But you are right that the diamond industry is totally awful. Read some shit, you might learn something.

    Good Diamond trade links
    http://edwardjayepstein.com/diamond/prologue.htm
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/programs/transcripts/1209.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeBeers

  • http://myspace.com/legacyhiphop Belize

    Cheebs – Is it better than nastradamus..thats all i care about cuz that album is my ashtray

  • http://myspace.com/legacyhiphop Belize

    Takin a shyt and finding out theres no toilet paper > Bol’s KoNY statement

  • Jimmie Bob

    The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE Says:

    December 7th, 2006 at 4:36 pm
    Russel Simmons and Jay-z are puppets for the so called jews
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    “the so called jews” hey dog, they are jews, thats like saying the so called blacks

  • Dr Flav

    Damn Bol, you been coming with it for the past three days @ least. Im becoming reluctant to argue your points… there’s always tomorrow though.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Dell Curry

  • http://myspace.com/legacyhiphop Belize

    Bob Love

  • chizamp

    hip hop is dead…i’m a Jay fanatic…but man…hip hop is dead…damn near instant classic..no bullshit..shits hot

  • the truth

    My previous post was interrupted… Big business, world business for that matter is about relationships and favors… No man, especially a black man can rise to his level of success without certain business ties… Without these connects he would not be the success that he is and nor would our culture… is he protecting the interest of people that could care less about the poor & disenfranchised… Absolutely… Is he one of those who people… Absolutely not… You can’t begin to fight a war without trasure chest… You do what you do for the greater good…

  • Ex Bol Supporter

    great post, you have almsot redeemed yousrself

  • Dr Flav

    ***reading comments** Its funny how some of those that talk about Bols references to Jay Z as nuthuggin, but rabidly foam at the mouth to defend him. “That nigga dont give a fuck about you!” Same Folk talking about how he was disrespectin his nephew death, now he make a commercial out of the socalled heartfelt song, ya mad cause Bol peeped it.

  • rkm

    Thanks for this one too. Nice reporter work, I don’t buy diamonds or Russell’s overpriced clothes, but if I did I would be boycotting it all right now. You should do more stories like this, your better at talking about issues than hip-hop.

  • nana

    fuuk russell simmons. i neva knew dat he waz a greedy fool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! dat da diamond trade is better. well it is still corrupt. dis fueled da wars in serra leone and liberia. botswana is not da only country dat produces diamonds. it could be better in dat country, but not better on a general scale. compared dat country to other african diamond producin countries. he and his fukin golddigger wife want to use their fame to benefit themselves while their children are asleep in da night, children in serra leone are workin for them to have big parties and shit!!!!!!!! they even cut their hands if these kidz dont work for the rebels in liberia and serra leaone. he wants to pay $15 to da africans and then sell it to us for $15000.

    fuk his african diamond fund!!!!!!!! itis stupidity at its highest level

  • Intifada

    The people of the world should stop dwelling over “anti-semitism” and begin to look for solutions to injustices in places like Africa and the Middle East.

    It’s kinda ironic how Jews are illegally occupying and oppressing innocent Palestinian people.

    Do they have a bad memory or something?

  • Ill Will

    >for a diamond that would cost us (you) $5,000.

    Lol

  • nana

    hiphop is really dead as nas is sayin!!!!!!!!! these old people should retire to their old peoples homes and allow da new generation to take over!!!!!fuk jay z actin all emotional and inspirational on da lost ones. it is not workin for me. and as for russell i used to respect him alot but he has should himself to us all. he has no consequence for african people. all he wants is to act lik he is doin somethin dat is guud but benefit from it in da dark. more lik a snake under da sea!!!!!!!!!

  • nana

    too much money corrupts da greedy hearted and makes da greedy a fool

  • nana

    jay fell 81% becos he is an idealist not a realist, all he knows is praisin himself lik he is god-mc. which is stupid. and defining his ballin!!!!!!! well i guess i need to meet him at da clear port and chuck his unsold albums into da bin.

    if u r 38 and still rappin haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://aramhiphopetc.blogspot.com I Fux

    Good Post Bol, really what the fuck Africa as a whole hasnt developed the way it should have with all its natural resources readily available for them to profit from as a whole continent. There is many reasons that its still 3rd world, Slavery, Diamond trade and shit. But for people like Russell Simmons to align himself with Jews as opposed to Africans is completely disgusting B. Someone mentioned earlier why these rich fucks like Russell dont build a fucking Palace of Marble in Botswana or some shit. I will tell you why because he would be looking at the people he has chosen not to help, everyday in the fucking eye. I am in no way saying Black Americans are reasponsible in helping Africans or whatever but I am saying is if you align yourself with DeBeers and they are Jews, you are now thereby in slaving your very own people to dig up a diamond that they get 15$ for and he ends up selling for 5,000$. What part of the game is that?

  • let the game begin

    one thing though if Bill Gates was doing what Russ is doing would he get this much boycott jus a thought.

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    @ Beli, it’s better than Nastradamus…

    Good smoking music on this cd!

    “Still Dreamin” w/Kanye is ALL GOOD!

    (enter Rey) no Russell Simmons

  • http://www.myspace.com/sbclick 123

    well dam

  • babyboy

    Bol whats behind all this shitty issues man?? u gotta have something 2 hate on, other than jews, shit at least shit on some muslims, terrorists motherfckrs

  • http://myspace.com/legacyhiphop Belize

    Cheeb – Good smoking music…hmmm…might have to cop it..when stillmatic dropped i was bumpin “smokin” all day in my whip wit a L..hope they got sum like that on this joint?

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Like CandyMan, Sonny. Does Kanye rap on the track? I can’t wait for this Nas album. Back to the post.. Greed and disregard for basic Human Rights is the issue here. Jews aren’t the issue. Ya’ll should be able to break character long enough not to spew retarded hate. DOS!

  • let the game begin

    nana Says:

    December 7th, 2006 at 5:41 pm
    jay fell 81% becos he is an idealist not a realist, all he knows is praisin himself lik he is god-mc. which is stupid. and defining his ballin!!!!!!! well i guess i need to meet him at da clear port and chuck his unsold albums into da bin.

    if u r 38 and still rappin haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    real is real mama and you talking out of you’re loose anus instead of looking at jays accomplishments you give us useless thoughts Jay fell off em in about two months kingdom come will go plat Jay fell off em sold 600 000 units first week jay fell off em prez of def jam jay fell of, met Mandela in one of his tours jay fell gets mad respect in Africa go see his tour.my guess you’re one off those ugly hoodrats with 5 kids all different daddy’s and all in the pen for robbing a liquor store and you mad cuz you can’t get a decent brother to take care of you maybe if you’d stop talking trash you will. okey mammi.

  • let the game begin

    Nah iam not on Jays dick it’s jus that i hate black on black hating.

  • jt

    bol, you did it again. you have, in the midst of a great article, lumped in all jews with the diamond industry. way to go, because i am home right now, being jewish, rolling around in blood diamonds and cash. and i won’t give any of that cash to anyone because i am cheap. i put diamonds in my matzoh ball soup to enhance flavor too. just so you know, all jews are rich and cheap. we are all the same. hitler = bad? jews = war? dude, my father spent his life in the soundview pjs and i am a poor teacher in bedstuy. and my kids might be smarter than you. they are certainly less ignorant.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Toby Bailey

  • skip

    dam what’s going on i just heard jeezy tripping on nas in an interview he did with monie love

  • skip

    and fing kslay fucking kslay defending jay-z against broke back weezy u know it’s gonna be a cold fucking winter kslay defending jay-z

  • http://myspace.com/legacyhiphop Belize

    BOL Says:
    …..I’m gonna go ahead and put this out there: It’s wrong to hate Jews.

    ^But its right to hate you!

  • House

    Man, I am glad I finally see someone has my thinking when it comes to this subject. Russell Simmons is a JOKE. I wish people will stop putting people on pedestals that no human being can live up to. This mofo had the nerve to lead the Jew bastards PR joke. He been a jew pun for years. I agree with Iran about the Jews. Everybody act like the Jews are extra special, shit my black people have suffered worse than them Jews. All I think about is that Africa could be a beautiful thing and a major world player if only the people would unite. Once again Russell Simmons, Kimora, Jim Jones and anybody else that stood with him are some sell out mofos. They been robbing Africa and it is DAMN TIME IT STOPPED. THIS SHIT HURTS THAT HE AND THE OTHERS HAD THE NERVE TO PULL THIS PR BULLSHIT.

  • skip

    check nahright.com

  • TAR

    Peolpe are more concerned about a blogger jay z dis than the huge and awful issue this post is showing… Sad ! Others are trippin’ on antisemitic fantasies… Sad ! Others know the deal, keep it real…

    Peace.

  • MC Spectakular

    good post Bol! the diamond trade might be the worst thing in africa, but they sure do shine up a room something nice…just ask Jeezy!! inspiration 2x plat first week

  • Spark

    Norm Chomsky

  • http://www.myspace.com/sabatta yinka

    Bol ur on pint!
    On do sum crazy poss but the last 2 ur talking mad snese and it’s about damn time someone said the real!!!

    I’m a hip-hop fanatic but i front a… ROCK band – it’d be cool if u checked it out – i’m ready even if ur hatin! LOL!

    I’m of nigerian descent so i’m so sicked and tired of the gerneal views of africa – sadly even in the minds of black americans!

    Keep spitting!

  • Hurricane Game

    You guys are dissing jews in your comments. Why dont you diss the british white man who shipped africans to become slaves just so they could sit on their fat arses. Kinda Like Kimora Lee. Dat bitch got too rich so now shes just some fat golddigger living of little russells fortune.

  • Three4

    Bol…this is the best post I´ve read from u so far. Capitalism is a bitch that´s raping poor people all over the world…

  • fuck a n9ne to 5ive

    ay bol fuck you,you don’t know nothing straite hater you and your followers seem to bash on any succesfull black man first it was jay now Rush don’t judge no one leave the judging to God he can take care of that what I realy want to know is what are you doing for your fellow starving African’s? you jus a useless punk who sees faults in other people while you do nothing but write bullshit about others even if they got good intent.

  • FGFGFGF

    YOUR UNDYING HTE FOR JAY-Z IS UNPARRALLEL.I LIKE HOW U TREID TO MAKE FUN OF HIS SALES YET FAILED TO MENTION THAT HE HAS SOLD 870 K IN TWO WEEKS AND WILL BE PLATNUM BY NEXT WEEK.I LIKE HOW U FAILED TO MENTION THAT JAY SALES USUALLY ALWASY DROPS TO THE 150 TO 160 K REGION IN HIS SECOND WEEK.I LIKE HOW U FAILED TO MENTION THAT JAY-Z IS THE ONLY RAPPER ON THE CHARTS WHOSE SALES ARE OVER A HUNDRED THOUSAND .I LIKE HOW U FAILED TO MENTION THAT JAYS DROP ONLY SEEMS SO HIGH BCOS HIS DEBUT WEEK WAS A VERY HIGH NUMBER.I LIKE HOW U FAILED TO MENTION THAT JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE AND RASCAL FLATTS WHO BOTH HAVE THE HIGEST DEBUTS OF THE YEAR EXPERIENCED A SIMILAR MAJOR DROP IN THEIR SECOND WEEKS.I LIKE HOW U FAIL TO MENTION THAT JAY SURPASSED UR PREDICTIONS THAT HE WILL FLOP AND ACTUALLY JUST PUT UP THE BIGGEST NUMBERS OF HIS CAREER.I LIKE HOW U FAIL TO MENTION THAT HITS DAILY DOUBLES PREDICTIONS ARE ALWAYS WRONG ANYWAY.I KLIKE HOW U FAILED TO MENTION THAT JAY ACTUALLY SOLD 708 ,000 FIRST WEEK AND NOT 600,000 LIKE U CLAIM.I LIKE HOW U FAIL TO MENTION THAT JAY PUT UP THESE NUMBERS OFF HIS OWN HUSTLE AND HOW DEF JAM DIDNT REALLY NEED TO SPEND CRAZY MONEY ON HIM.I LIKE HOW U FAIL TO MENTION THAT KANYE WEST EXPEREINCED SIMILAR DROPS WITH THE LATRE REGISTRATION ALBUM YET ENDED UP AT 3X PLATNUM.I LOVE HOW U CANT SPEND A SINGLE DAY ON HERE WITHOUT TAKING A SHOT AT JAY-Z LIKE SICKAMORE.I LIKE HOW U HATE ON EVERY SINGLE ALBUM THAT COMES OUT YET HAVE THE NERVE TO CO SIGN P DIDDYS RN B ALBUM.

    U BOL ARE OBVIOUSLY A BIASED AND BITTER HATER.DUID JAY-Z RAPE UR MOMMY?

  • RDL

    I feel what alot of ppl are saying BUT the important point Russell is trying to make is that african countries have fucked up corrupt goverments and that needs to change.

    Its not the diamond industry but the goverments that fuk the ppl. If no one bought another diamond again it would change NOTHING in those countries. The goverments need to change and places like Botswana are an example of how natural resources can be used to help the ppl when your dealing with a goverment that isn’t as corrupt as others.

  • http://www.myspace.com/poisonousdarthfc Poisonous Dart

    Hold on….a businessman protected his business partners/friends and his own business interests? How dare he! Bastard! LOL.

    What about ANY of this was a surprise to anyone with half a brain? None.

    One.

  • psycho babble baby

    Bol, this isnt a Jewish problem it is a capitalist one. If this was your typical WASP motherfucker who ran the diamond trade, it’ll be the same. I disagree, by turning this into a jewish issue does, in fact, smack of anti-jewishness (I dont want to use the term anti-semite, because Palestinians are Semites as well). However, you are right that Russel is a fuck up. I dont trust that fucker at all. Some reader mentioned some bullshit about African government corruption as if government corruption is unique to Africa. Here’s one for you Bush – Haliburton.
    Have a more nuanced understanding of how broader global economic processes like structural adjustment policies fuck up African countries as well. fucking ingrates.

  • DO SOMETHING

    Stop bitching and boycott Russel Simmons’ products. That’ll make him think twice.

  • mosdef

    On point bol. nice post!!

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  • sub-ta-fuge!

    Not a bad post

  • http://www.tonyskansascity.com Tony

    I call bullshit on how they changed the title of this post.

  • http://www.tonyskansascity.com Tony

    Ooops. My bad, they just switched it around a bit. I think.

  • Avenger

    Russell ain’t nothing but a sell out sac of crap. Money corrupts aboultly just like power but I think the simons family is ghetto and sleazy anyway. Look at how his brother and DMC, treated Jam Master Jays family they didn’t take care of ish like true comrades. Plus Russell always had a tin ear it was rick ruben who picked all of the classic talents. Russell was the corrupt dude who made it happen with the T.I’s as BOL would say he is the Tom that they would listen too. This is the same coon who tried to block any hip-hop in other regions from getting shine back in the day, now he is using hiphop as a defacto bully pullpit just like Jay and P shitty. Sadness is all I can say sadness

  • http://hotmail money in the bank

    Now people let us examine this Jay-Z shit Bol did not start talking about Jay until he was about to drop his album. This is because he promoted himself more than his artist and sold them out asses. jay wanted the spotlight for himself and no one else. How the hell ur going to have your video running every hour on BET that takes alot of money

  • Hurricane Game

    Avenger Says:

    December 8th, 2006 at 10:24 am
    Russell ain’t nothing but a sell out sac of crap. Money corrupts aboultly just like power but I think the simons family is ghetto and sleazy anyway. Look at how his brother and DMC, treated Jam Master Jays family they didn’t take care of ish like true comrades. Plus Russell always had a tin ear it was rick ruben who picked all of the classic talents. Russell was the corrupt dude who made it happen with the T.I’s as BOL would say he is the Tom that they would listen too. This is the same coon who tried to block any hip-hop in other regions from getting shine back in the day, now he is using hiphop as a defacto bully pullpit just like Jay and P shitty. Sadness is all I can say sadness
    ————————————–Man that shits pretty deep. I Didnt know They treated Jam Jay and his family like that. Very intereting.

  • erik

    you know nothing of the Jewish heritage, and have no factual basing of Jews enslaving Africans to produce diamonds. your a fucking idiot. stick to music you racist bastard

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    Belize Says:

    December 7th, 2006 at 6:11 pm
    Cheeb – Good smoking music…hmmm…might have to cop it..when stillmatic dropped i was bumpin “smokin” all day in my whip wit a L..hope they got sum like that on this joint?

    ^^^ hell yeah, the song that Chris Webber did, “Blunt Ashes” is my SHIT! i was skeptical at first, but after puffing a few to the track- i know every line…

    _____________________________

    Rey Says:

    December 7th, 2006 at 6:20 pm
    Like CandyMan, Sonny. Does Kanye rap on the track? I can’t wait for this Nas album.

    ^^^^ Yeah Kanye spits and produces 2 tracks… the one he’s on “Dreamin” is DOPE! Classic Nas…

    This album is better than “Kingdom Come”… Less “exciting”, but still better…

    Yeah I Said It!!!

  • chendo

    anybody notice how they censored the word “hebrews” in some versions of “it’s all about the benjamins” and the word “jew” from some versions of “no vaseline”?

  • http://justsayin2000.blogspot.com GentleWhoadie9000

    is that chendo from east end pgh??

  • The Truth

    Good read Bol, I never even thought of it like that. Keep it up

  • NYMP The Realest

    why all of sudden we care about what the fuck is happening in the diamond mines in Africa?? all of a sudden kanye makes a song and a movie comes out then all of a sudden its a humanitarian effort to help they cause in Africa?? nigga fuck that ima cop all the diamond chains, rings, necklaces and i dont give one fuck bout some nigga dyin over there, the shit aint my problem, every country got problems, them niggas i could 2 fucks about……nigga thats real talk

  • Biggs123

    The Jay viseo was not product place ment for that Maybach it is a concept car and will not go int production.

  • nana

    well, russell is tryin to make money!!!!! becos his wife to be ex-wife is takin all his money, so he needs to cheat people to make a livin!!!!!!. ope everythin goes well for him!!!!! feel sorry for dat man!! becos he is stupid. da cheat never wins, but they live to regret their mistakes!!!.

  • calimovement

    Jewish lobbiest in the US are the reason for a lot of the problems America is facing….from the Iraq war to diamond trade.
    Jews=good Zionism=bad

  • Full E Blown

    I agree Bol. We know who runs the diamond industry. YOU STUPID NEGROES NEED TO STOP BUYING JEWELRY AND START OPENING BUSINESSES.

    You don’t have to work at the place, just show up after closing and take your money to the bank like they do.

    I don’t hate any particular group. Just get momey and give jobs to your peopleor any poor people. And all is good.

  • http://myspace.com/thepassionistas Passion#1

    I don’t get yr. anti-semitism bol- like you say yr. not anti-semitic, but your always talking negatively about Jews. It’s hella ignorant. You also repeat the same sort of stuff hitler did- about Jews controlling this, controlling that, etc. It’s hella stupid. Your a good blogger, but you need to get rid of yr. anti-semitism.

  • Kevin

    Bol,

    Good looking out, i was hoping you were not going to let that sell out homo get away with that bullshit.

    one love

  • NYMP The Realest

    Diamond’s are not a jew’s best friend, they black peoples best friend……get yo facts straight

  • calimovement

    Just saw that bitch on CNN…yeah he sounded like a money hungary bitch trying to offset all the negative exposure the diamond trade will get with the blood diamonds movie that just came out…

  • chang

    All of russell’s money will be going in the asian community ahahahhahahahahahahahahahahhahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • Jim Jones

    lol damn black people say its the jews and the whites who are responsible for all of black peoples problems…..lol this is why the black community are so far behind the rest of the world, nobody wants to take responsibility for their own actions, you just want to sit on welfare and social security smoking weed while blaming your problems on the “man” the truth of the matter is on a global and social sense that may be true, but on the individual level that is not the case…..ive seen to many blacks trying to take the easy way out by claiming disability or gettin on welfare….it takes hard work, determination, ambition, these are things that black people do not have…..and diamonds are black peoples best friend, i mean look at all the rappers with they jewelry, they even put the shit in they mouth…..its like blacks sayin hey i sell drugs but the man put it in my hands, and then sayin hey i love diamonds but the jews put it in my mouth……lol black people are too funny, i seriously hope you get your act together because you guys are the least developed culture in the entire world……but hey, them chrome rims look real good dog!!

  • real2death

    The following sums up my opinion of who
    Russell Simmons is:

    Selfish
    Greedy
    Arrogant
    Hypocrital
    Sellout

    but on top of all else he’s just downright EVIL.
    And we all know what the root of all evil is.
    What’s sad is these qualities in today’s age are what make some of the wealthiest CEO’s who they are.

    The problem is a lot
    Larger than Russell Simmons or his bad ass wife.

    Good post bol, keep up the good work and know you do have some intelligent readers out there.

  • blaQ

    RUSSELL SIMMONS BUSY MAKIN HIS CAKE BY THE MINUTE…HE DONT CARE ABOUT NO POOR DROUGHT STRICKEN LIMBLESS AFRICAN DYING OUT THERE IN THE MINE FIELDS OR KILLING HIS OWN FAMILY. DAMN RUSSELL, IM DISSAPOINTED…U GAVE US HIP HOP THEN RAPE YOUR FELLOW BLACK MAN….SAD, SAD

  • blaQ

    chendo Says:

    December 8th, 2006 at 1:02 pm
    anybody notice how they censored the word “hebrews” in some versions of “it’s all about the benjamins” and the word “jew” from some versions of “no vaseline”?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    CO-SIGN…CHECK OUT 2 PACS “ALL EYEZ ON ME”. ON UN-EDITED ALBUM, CHECK OUT METH’S LINE ON “GOT MY MIND MADE UP”…out of all the words guess what words censored? they control all the media dawg….

    method man—————–

    “Fuck you losers, while you fake jacks I makes maneuvers
    like Hitler, stickin up [j**s] wit german [lugers]………..”

  • randy watson

    great post. fuck rush, what a sinister mufucka. t.i.’s have taught him well

  • pop a poppa

    wow. Bol you are setting a blogging record with these last few posts.

    10+ posts about Jay-Z in a short amount of time.

  • http://www.slumz.boxden.com JonBlak

    i’m suprised to say, good post Bol…

    FINALLY, THE MAN HAR A RIGHTEOUS POST….GOD BLESS THE BLACK MAN…NOT THE BUSINESS MAN

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  • http://www.hardrhymesandsoftdrinks.blogeasy.com bigg swingin’ ballz

    click on my name to czech out my book blog profile of russell simmons. nice post bol.

  • http://hardrhymesandsoftdrinks.blogeasy.com bigg swingin’ ballz

    link fixed.

  • http://hardrhymesandsoftdrinks.blogeasy.com bigg swingin’ ballz

    Marching from the Cause via the Bank.

    Copyright 2005 Christopher Byrne

    “With my first act in ’79, people said hip-hop was dead. Now … 20 years later, the culture is so strong we’re doing underwear.” – Russell Simmons quoted on salon.com in 1999.

    “I just try to see what’s good. Spit out the bones. Let that shit go. Just try to plant good seeds. Promote good Karma. You’re better off just fucking with God. Everything else is just bullshit.”
    - Russell Simmons from a Playboy magazine interview 2005.

    Russell Simmons should not need any introduction to hip hop fans with even a passing interest in what happens behind the scenes. Business Week magazine have called him ‘The CEO of Hip-Hop’.

    Russell Simmons has been involved in marketing / advertising the Coca Cola Company’s products on a regular basis since 1986 when he was the manager of Kurtis Blow: the first rapper ever to do an advertisement (for Sprite). Beverly Paige of Mercury / Polygram’s publicity department arranged it for Blow even though Simmons was rooting for his brother Joseph (a.k.a. Run)’s band Run DMC to do the ad!

    Simmons’ company Rush Media produced the number one testing commercial among all youth for Coca Cola in 1996. Russell Simmons formed dRush Advertising in 1999 with Donny Deutsch and their clients included Coca-Cola before shutting down in 2002.

    Bill O’Reilly, U.S Fox News television presenter condemned Pepsi in 2002 (and called for a boycott of their products) for having a national 30-second TV commercial featuring Ludacris, whom he said in his music “degrades women, encourages substance abuse and does all the things that hurt particularly the poor and our society”. Pepsi then withdrew the ad.

    Russell Simmons through the Hip Hop Summit Action Network then in February 2003 announced it would call for a boycott of Pepsi due to their double standards (launching commercials featuring the foul-mouthed Osbournes after pulling the Ludacris ads). Simmons said on villagevoice.com in 2003, “When Ludacris was dropped my response was I went and bought a beverage company. I didn’t give a fuck. Ludacris didn’t care; they paid him … The problem came up with the inconsistency.”

    The boycott was to continue until three demands were met: that Pepsi issues a public apology to Ludacris and to hip hop culture, that the soda company donate $5 million to the non-profit organization Ludacris Foundation, and that the withdrawn commercial be reinstated over what it called Pepsi’s, “cultural disrespect”.

    In the end no formal boycott was called as a formal settlement was agreed upon on the day that the boycott was due to be announced. It was reported on a UPI news wire report on 13/2/2003 that when Simmons was asked whether the company had issued a public apology, Simmons said, “The millions of dollars is pretty much the same thing.”

    Should the hip hop culture be protesting over a mere commercial endorsement when their country is at war and there is violence in their own streets?

    It could be argued that Simmons’ plan (reported on reuters.com) to announce the boycott of Pepsi during a star-studded and high-profile weekend featuring NBA’s All-Star game in rival Coca Cola’s (and Ludacris’) home town of Atlanta was strategically timed.

    Simmons is the founder and chair of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN). It is led by Dr. Ben Chavis, former Executive Director of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People). HSAN is in theory a non-profit, non-partisan national coalition of musicians, entertainment businesspeople, education advocates, civil rights campaigners, and youth leaders dedicated to harnessing the power of hip hop culture to be used as leverage for advocacy on education and social issues and to enhance the well-being of youth throughout the United States. Its agenda includes universal healthcare, a living wage, slavery reparations, and an end to mandatory minimum drug offence sentencing.

    The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network hosted the First Annual Action Awards benefit and dinner, which took place in November 2003 at Laura Belle in Manhattan, New York City.

    Pepsi-Cola North America President Dawn Hudson was one of those people awarded for their role in ‘community activism and youth empowerment’. Tommy Hilfiger was also awarded at the ceremony (described as, “Simmons’ friend” by Jeff Stark on salon.com in 1999). Stark wrote “It was Simmons who …introduced him to the rap stars and models who helped him create a billion-dollar empire.” Hilfiger was later a client of Drush as well.

    The vegan Russell Simmons (who sells leather goods as CEO of Phat Farm with their shoe ranges etc) in 2003 in a private capacity joined the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals campaign against global restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken. He has appeared in adverts and twice publicly called for a boycott of KFC.

    Why has Russell Simmons singled these two companies out for boycotts? Why is he not calling for a boycott of Reebok, who have recently withdrawn a commercial featuring 50 Cent from British television after viewers complained that it glamourised guns?

    At the time of the Pepsi boycott Simmons was the President of Def Jam Records: Ludacris was one of his Def Jam artists. Pepsi (whose main competitor in the worldwide soft drinks market is Coca Cola) and KFC are both owned by Yum! Brands.

    Pirelli Tires state on their website that they are a proud sponsor of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN), a non-profit organization, “To this end, Pirelli has lent its patented slogan ‘Power Is Nothing Without Control’ to the HSAN effort.” Pirelli say their involvement in the movement is “born out of the very close ties between Hip Hop and the high-performance, customized niche of cars and SUVs where we have a significant presence.”

    This is extremely worrying – the hip hop generation rallying behind a corporate slogan.

    It was announced that in late 2004 Playstation 2 had teamed with the Hip Hop Summit Action Network to present the “Race to the Polls”, an event created “to help stimulate young voters to participate in the upcoming presidential election”. At a concert at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan on October 14, a crowd of 2,000 people got the chance to see a show by Mary J. Blige, Ludacris and Public Enemy. “Further unifying hip-hop and interactive entertainment to connect with today’s young voters”, PlayStation 2 also hosted a celebrity gaming competition on the ‘ultimate driving simulator’, the game ‘Gran Turismo 4’.

    Scott Evans wrote on metamute.com in 2004 that Russell Simmons had “raised eyebrows with his conspicuous use of product placement at HSAN events”, promoting Sony’s PlayStation 2 to his own energy drink, Def-Con 3, which says it sends “a portion of the proceeds … back to the community for building, restoring, and enhancing people’s lives.” Russell Simmons’ Def Jam Records went into business with Columbia Records / Sony Music in 1985. In 1995 Polygram Music bought out Sony’s half-interest in Def Jam.

    A March 2005 LA fashion show called ‘Prêt a PSP’ was part of series to launch the new handheld Sony PSP game console featured ‘one of a kind’ PSP accessories, including a pure gold PSP case with seven carats of yellow and black diamonds encrusted on the front and back from ‘Baby Phat By (Russell’s wife) Kimora Lee Simmons featuring Simmons Jewelry Company’ (sic). A joint venture of husband and wife may result in some long names. It reportedly retailed at $35,000.00…

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  • RotterdamSoldier.

    Fuck Russel Simmons & Fuck Jay-z …keep sucking Jew dick….