What’s Jay got to do with it?

Back when it was announced that Jay-Z had “bought” the New Jersey Nets, it occurred to me that there must have been some shenanigans involved. I just wasn’t sure what.

Think about it. Jay-Z has a shiteload of money, but I seriously doubt that he’s got enough money to just cop a major sports franchise outright. No, the only way he would be able to come into ownership of an NBA team is if one of these TIs invited him to become a low-level participant.

Which of course begs the question: Why would one of these TIs give Jay-Z a piece of the Nets when they could just purchase the entire thing themselves, or at the very least, bring in one of their cousins to be the co-owner. You know, keep it within the tribe.

Then, when it was announced that Jay-Z would be moving the Nets into some Frank Gehry-designed corporate crime spree in downtown Brooklyn (seriously, if you want to hear about some ol’ bullshit, you should read up on how the TIs coax these local governments into giving them taxpayer dollars to build sports stadiums), I realized what was going on here: Jay-Z is just serving as the black front for tall Israeli interests.

Just like he did with Roc-A-Wear, and Def Jam, and probably pretty much every other business venture he’s been involved in. To the viewing public, it appears as if Jay-Z is the owner and/or the CEO of these companies; but at the end of the day, the lion’s share of the wealth still ends up where it always has, i.e. in some TI’s pocket.

But why should Jay-Z give a shit? He’s got like $300 million.

I was surprised though to learn that Jay-Z and his partners with the New Jersey Nets have been involved in business dealings with some company that’s been accused of funding the slave trade – though I’m not sure what the exact nature of their relationship is, or what evidence exists that this company Barclay’s was involved in shipping my great- great- great- great-grandpa to the US.

Barclay’s Bank supposedly has naming rights to the stadium. Which of course makes me wonder… um, why? Why, with as many companies as I’m sure would love to have naming rights to this stadium, would they go with a bank that’s been alleged to have funded the slave trade? Why not Verizon Wireless, or Scottrade, or Smirnoff Vodka or some shit? Even if they were offering less money, at least they’d be less of a PR debacle.

And yet, even now, a while after it’s been publicized that Barclay’s was built on blood money, I’ve yet to hear that Jay-Z and his band of cousins are even considering going with another sponsor. Even after the issue has been raised in light of concerns having to do with gentrification, which is obviously gonna carry a certain racial connotation.

This despite the fact that Jay-Z is supposedly deeply attuned to the issues facing the black diaspora – to hear several recent campaigns for him and his crew’s clothing line Rocawear tell it. Like the one where he was photographed with some African kids (probably even in Africa!), or the one from the other day with Sean Bell’s wife and kids.

It’s almost as if Jay-Z and the TI’s relationship with Barclay’s extends much deeper than just suspiciously granted stadium naming rights. Furthermore, if you’re especially given to buying into conspiracy theories, it’s almost as if this recent round of Rocawear ads was purposely designed to make Jay-Z look like Mr. Black People right at the time when he’s aligning with the people who brought us here in the first place.

Not that I’m trying to go back to Africa or anything. I’m just saying. (*shudders at the thought*)

Kool Herc, the man who invented hip-hop (sort of, and in between hits from a motherfucking crack pipe), claims that this is all just the latest in a centuries-long conspiracy to oppress black people. Supposedly, he’s even going so far as to sue Jay-Z and his benefactors to the tune of a whopping $5 billion. (Though you wonder why he didn’t just go for $5 gozillion while he’s at it.)

Obviously, my tendency is to want to disregard the rantings of anyone who’s suffered from issues with the pipe. (Or how should I know, maybe he enjoyed every minute of it.) But in the absence of any satisfying explanation as to the issues I raised earlier in this post, I’m left with no other choice but to think that Kool Herc might be on to something. And not just a substance dependency.

And even if there isn’t some grand conspiracy here involving some secret cabal of Jews who meet in a cave several hundred feet below the earth’s surface, I’d say Jay-Z’s dealings with these people definitely falls into a pattern of activity that’s had the effect, over the past several hundred years, of denying black people the world over – save for a few tokens – the ability to attain any real wealth.

Or am I reading too much into this? What do you fruits think?

  • the truth

    honestly this thing is pathetic
    by the way first

    thats the problem with black people we are busy living in the past, who did’nt benefit from slave trade now some bank needs to cope a 5 billy law suit to try to justify ou hurt… negro please. no amount of money can right the wrongs already been done, who determines who gets that 5bil, its some dude thats trying to use the slave trade as an easy way to get rich, honestly this case should’nt make it to the courts. because if it does i noe a brother who did research @ yale and we gonna get us our own 5 billy, if you know wat i mean

    get a life we need to be addressing issues affecting us NOW, like healthcare and stuff rather than waste time on issues that in my opinion should be left in the past but occasionally brought back to remember the dudes that struggled in that system..

    MOVE ON,

    • http://www.myspace.com/maxprofit Max Profit

      That’s some real talk. These cats just want some money. I guess they think – if they act like they doin this for black people everyone will support. But really – who cares! As bad as slavery was, it was just simply the way EVERYONE did business.

      $$ = Root of Evil (simple mathmatics)

    • http://www.iggli.com/roller/damselfly Aly B

      You must really not get it. The lawsuit is most likely symbolic, to make a statement. I doubt very much that he filed with the goal of getting 5 billion.

      And Black people’s real problem is that they haven’t dealt with the wounds of slavery not that they wont “just get over it.”

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  • b-ease

    Kurtis Blow, Herc, Bambatta…all these cats ended their careers by rolling with that ready rock.

    And no, I don’t think you’re reading too much into this. It’s established that Jay-Z doesnt actually run any of “his” companies, and we know from his idol-worshipping of Lyor(he talks bout Cohen like Kanye talks about Jay) that deep down inside, he wants to be a Jew. In fact, I’m sure he supports destroying Hezbollah (spelled horribly wrong). But not becuase they’re douchebags that add nothing to humanity. He wants them destroyed because they’re fucking with Israel. Which is a much weaker reason that killing them because they’re douchebags.

    • bdock

      Sean Carter…New Name: Sean “Corleone”
      Lyor Cohen…New Name: Hyman Roth

  • sammy

    first snitches

  • bdock

    Sean Carter.. New Name: Sean “Corleone”

  • BDock

    Sean Carter.. New Name: Sean “Corleone”
    Lyor Cohen…New Name: Hyman Roth

  • Iceberg Slimm

    Funny post but why should he recieve reparations for something that happened over 200 years ago? Niggas need to get over that slavery shit. Not that it wasn’t terrible, but it’s been centuries. And after seeing how Jay took Kool Herc’s art and capitalized off it to be worth over half a billion, he should be proud of him. Niggas hate seeing other niggas advancing……

  • b-ease

    BREAKING NEWS!!!

    It’s not Herc that’s suing. Just some community activist from that happens to have the same government as him.

  • Suckapunkin’

    Bol I don’t know where you read that Jay owns the Nets, but New York papers all always report that Bruce Ratner owns the franchise, and Jay’s just a tiny part owner celebrity who can claim that imminent domain is good for Brooklyn. Honestly I doubt Jay has any say at all in who the arena’s named after. He’s good for a courtside photo, but he’s a glorified investor.

    Also if you go to Africa, there’s a Barclay’s in every town. One of only a few legit international banks on the Continent. I haven’t heard too much about it being built on slavery money, but that doesn’t surprise me at all, since it’s an old as fuck European institution, so it got funded by old European colonial money. Just another monument built all over Africa saying basically “colonialism ain’t over”. Shit’s fucked up

    • INF

      CO-SIGN COMPLETELY!H

  • droopey

    sounds like some questionable stuff in there.

    hopefully jay was clueless about all of these happenings…

    First!!!

  • BossGame

    True or not. That kool Herc was funny.

  • bobliz

    “And even if there isn’t some grand conspiracy here involving some secret cabal of Jews who meet in a cave several hundred feet below the earth’s surface”

    a cave? hundred feet below the earth’s surface? you’re wilin. first you piss off the scientologists now this. good luck.

  • Cinsere

    “Supposedly, he’s even going so far as to sue Jay-Z and his benefactors to the tune of a whopping $5 billion. (Though you wonder why he didn’t just go for $5 gozillion while he’s at it.)”

    LMAO…as was my thought.

  • bobliz

    “And even if there isn’t some grand conspiracy here involving some secret cabal of Jews who meet in a cave several hundred feet below the earth’s surface”

    a cave several hundred feet below the earth’s surface? you’re wilin. you’re coming at the scientologists, now this. good luck.

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  • http://hiphoponmymind.blogspot.com DJ Daddy Mack

    it was not kool herc. but i told ya dat jay’s a fucking snake.

  • ri067953

    Yo, didn’t the slavery issue first come up when this whole Jay/Nets thing came about about a year or so ago? Suffice to say, Barclay is not the only coropration to profit off of slavery so why single them out? Herc is showing his jealousy. Too bad he spent too much time being a slave to the crack pipe instead of building equity like Jay has.

  • Yo

    Damn. Kool Herc had nothing to do with this and this dude is taking shots at him. Issue an apology fruit!

  • Surfer Dude

    Well I hardly see Jay-z as a black leader, hea a money whore like the rest of us, the jews got him under their belt for sure.
    I wanna see Bol be sent back to Africa to some random war tribe in Kenya and shit, no white women and no KFC, LOL!!!

  • ri067953

    Yo, why did they take the news story down bout Herc and his lawsuit?

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Yo says:

    Damn. Kool Herc had nothing to do with this and this dude is taking shots at him. Issue an apology fruit!

  • j-

    They really should have picked someone else for the naming rights thats for sure… but why sue them for bringing an awsome basketball franchise to Brooklyn…if i’m not mistaken there is a big black community there who more then likely would love a ball team? If they sue and wreck the chances of getting the franchise to Brooklyn over alledged slavery profits from over 300 years ago is that still considered a win?

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    I refuse to apologize for trying to add value to any of this site’s strategically reworded news items on principle.

    If anything, someone ought to be apologizing to me.

    • http://hiphoponmymind.blogspot.com DJ Daddy Mack

      Watch Bol get sued just like that company who was sued by Will Smith.

    • INF

      You should apologize for taking up 2 seats on a bus.

    • Yo

      Yeah. Apologizing for throwing an innocent party under the bus takes too much courage I guess.

  • jewnior

    Bol secretly wants to be jew

  • Tyler

    BoL, since your post seems to run around in circles really going now where, thanks for tryin’ to bring our attention to a subject we all should atleast know about. But speaking of a “grand conspiracy here involving some secret cabal of Jews who meet in a cave several hundred feet below the earth’s surface” you and all you fruits should take out the time and check out some really mind blowing not so secret type shit at youtube under the title “Secret Rulers of the World” which it has 29 parts but unlike this wordy post it’s mostly all video so U nig-roids won’t have to read anything. “IF U want 2 hide something from a Blackman U put it inside a book.” U must watch it because U can’t truly call yourself a THUG unless U know the information that is contained within and hell maybe even BoL will have some real balls and post on everything within’ Secret Rulers of the World instead of having baby mice nuts. On the real, being up on this is really Hip Hop. Peace.

  • Fresh

    I’m callin pure and unadulterated BULLSHIT on this one. This is typical of black people trying to get the easy way out. Shit slavery, at least the physical one as there is still a mental slavery amongst black people, has been done and over with for over 200 years. I mean the people who should be gettin that 5 billi should be our ancestors who went through all the physical torture and not our asses who neva had to spend more than a day in the heat of the sun. Also why the hell are they goin at Jay and Bruce Ratner’s investment group when its Barclays who “supposedly” built their bank on slave money but why is anyone shocked, like someone say Barclays is old as fuck and most business in the 19th century was built on slave money so what they we expect? I’m from The Bahamas and up until 2000, Barclays was one of the major banks we had until they merged with the Canadian Bank of Nova Scotia and I never EVAR heard about how Barclays was built on slave money until they won the sponsership rights to the new Nets Arena. I really hope this case gets throwed out based on stupidity and greed, cuz this is a buncha bullshit.

    • Fire

      Complete co-sign. It’s refreshing to see someone else with that opinion.

  • Tray

    I liked you better when you were a racist. Now you’ve turned into a pro-black anti-Semite. Does Barclay sound like a Jewish name to you, you fucking idiot? And how the fuck would giving the naming rights to Verizon help blacks attain real wealth? Is Verizon a black-owned company? All you’ve got here is that it looks bad to be naming an NBA stadium after a corporation that was involved with the slave trade centuries ago. Yeah, maybe it does, although it was perfectly legal back then and the people responsible are long dead. It’s not like there were anti-slavery bankers in those days refusing to process slavetraders’ money. But fine, even supposing that there’s something wrong with this, how do Jay-Z’s dealings fall into a pattern of activity that’s had the effect of denying blacks the ability to attain real wealth? Should he name the stadium after Sean John and help Diddy attain some more wealth?

    • Suckapunkin’

      The point is that Barclay’s WAS that old and DID profit off slavery, regardless of legality, regardless of whether other old banks did. If the people that ran the bank were good investors (and they should be if they run a bank) Barclay’s is still making money off the slave trade now.

      And of course Barclay’s isn’t Jewish (although I wouldn’t be surprised if a decent percentage of their top people were) but Ratner sure as hell is. I understand being perturbed at the amount of Jew-hate on the internets, as it’s disturbingly acceptable if the anti-defamation league isn’t reading, but it is true that Jews have a disproportionate amount of money and political power to their world population. It allows me to sort of accept the hate, even if I really don’t like it.

      • Tray

        Well, me being Jewish, I’m not a fan. I mean, putting aside my personal loyalties for a second, why hate people just because they’re disproportionately successful? To me, if I were going to discriminate against some race, I might pick one that’s disproportionately unsuccessful. I don’t get hating people because they’re smart or hard-working. It’s one thing to hate Paris Hilton for being rich, but quite another to hate someone who actually made their own money. As for the naming thing, again, I don’t get what this has to do with Jewish people. It’s not like he plans to name the thing the Goldman Sachs Stadium or the Bloomberg Media Center. Not that there’d be any thing wrong with that! As you’ll recall, Rocawear bid on the naming rights for the Nets’ current building and they didn’t have enough money so they lost. Even though the owner of Roc-a-Wear also owns a part of the Nets. Don’t you think he would’ve much rather named the thing Rocawear than Izod? So it’s purely a matter of who bids the most and I guess Barclay’s won. They need all the money they can get if they want to sign LeBron. If it becomes a huge PR problem, move onto the next bidder, I guess, but don’t make this into a Jewish thing.

  • stoneyisland

    Bol, your hatred or lust for Jay-Z is on a T-Pain and Ray-J’s dick type of level. Jay is worth close to 400 Mill, you are worth the cost of a value meal at Mcdonalds. Jay gets to fuck Beyonce every night, you get to fuck your right hand. Jay gets to jet set all over the world, you not so much unless you count your trips to Walmarts. So basically it just comes down to one mans success (jay) and one pathetic fat fucks lack there of (Bol) so as I have said a hundred times you fat fuck go kill yourself Bol.

  • Pierzy

    Since I’m white, I’ll stay away from discussing what I don’t know or haven’t experienced, but I have a question – how can you sue one person or group of people for something as big as slavery? I mean, flip it – could Jews sue Hitler’s ancestors for the Holocaust? I’m calling shenanigans on THAT!

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    You knew this was going to come back up. In all honesty, if I was Jay, I’d fire my publicist and give my lawyer some pre-paid dough. It’s Camel hunting season out chea.

    On another note, normally I don’t do this, but uhh…

    I just wrote another one of those definitive ass blog posts. Witness the awesomeness from your very own computer by clicking the name. I mean, I went back and re-read that hoe myself three or four times, and it’s pretty dope. If I do say so myself.

    They say a good thing sells itself, and a bad thing advertises itself.

    • dopeman

      I tried to read it, made it to third paragraph and decided i would rather have my colon cleansed with a gasoline enema(n/h). Next time you write a blog, try not to be so lame.

      • Around and Around

        Dam, first review I read of UW’s shit.

  • http://libby.iblog.co.za D/L MEL

    Not only did barclays fund slavery it funded apartheid as well!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.webmail.co.za I RUN THIS..

    BOl i feel you man, Jay-Z is dissapointing for getting into business with Barclay’s Bank considering its histrory.

    Like for instance, im in South Africa and Braclays’s bank used to fund the old South African Apartheid Goverment, YES THE GOVERMENT THAT SENT MANDELA TO JAIL FOR 27 YEARS…2yrs ago BARCLAY’S made a bid to buy into the biggest bank in Southern Africa, ABSA which i happened to bank with at the time. There was a big whoohaa in the media about Barclay’s relationship with the old goverment and how convinient it was to suddenly wanna “invest” in our new democratic country(note South Africa is one of the fastest growing econonomies in the world at the moment and with the 2010 FIFA World Cup around the corner, its a wrap)…Anyway Barclay’s eventually bot like 40% of ABSA and I moved my account to another bank.

    So basically for me to hear that Jay is bed with the Devil is dissapointing…

  • EReal

    The United States of America became the richest country in the world off the backs of slaves through the cotton and tabaccoo industries and trade, so maybe Kool Herc should sue the United States Government, they have alot more money than Jew-Z does.

  • TEZZY

    Yeah yeah jay-z aint got nothing to do with that shit and i bet you all the people at wal-mart meijer mcdonalds kfc all that good stuff are all racist and ya’ll still shopping there and the goverment is also racist and you still accepting food stamps and welfare and all that shit and the goverment brought drugs here to fuck up the black community and you still selling it or glorifing muthafuckas that sell it i could go on and on but you get the point

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Bol,
    Don’t apologize for shit since the word on the street is that Kool Herc is actually a shitbag.

  • Jus

    This is just a conspiracy to stop Brooklyn from expanding. Stop worrying about costs and other bs and worry about what the Stadium and its owners are going to do for bk. And for this slave shit the US was built by the slaves so sue the motherfuckin gov’t. I still want reperation

  • datroof

    FYI, Kool Herc is not the guy thats suing, they are merely share the same name (Clive Campbell). He has even said it in interview after interview. Why don’t you guys research more? Bol especially you… It was even on this website, yesterday.

    http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=19787

    Furthermore, even if you are still confused after reading, this Clive is a Brooklyn based activist. Clive aka Kool Herc, is Bronx based… Lets get it together, people!

    Stop being crabs..

    Ps. Bol, you need to respect the founders. Do you see rolling stone mag addressing keith richards and the like in this fashion? (I know you’d get the rock& roll analogy). This man has children that may read this. You dont know what he does today. Most of the industry did it back then. The hard shi%. You go in on him, and your whole theory supporting it was wrong. Ur technically double wrong. You can never be large, shi%%ing on your own, and be taken seriously, later. Esp, if your success eventually comes from shi% like this. 2 wise men once said, “A man has to have a code”…

    2 much trying to make us say “oh shi%, instead of “oh word”, my brother?

  • jay

    jays worth is 500 million.. not 300.. stupid ass…

  • Caballin by nature

    Word, Jay and the TIs must be in some sort of conspiracy to provide naming rights. This is just like when JFK was killed for the rights to name Heinz Field.

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    Jay needs to rethink the whole Bob Johnson way of thinking regardless, unless he just wants to make a shiteload of money off of black people. Which is bad, I guess, right? But I guess that Barclay’s isn’t that much against slavery since they’re allowing this famous black rapper to share their profits. Then again, there’s always the token. Again, Jay needs to fire his publicist. It’s all her fault.

    Yeah Around, it takes a superior mind to review great goodness. I was the only person available that late last night, and work gots to get done, son.

  • http://xxlmag.com Kane Corleone

    Un ,fuck the atm you have to have cash at all times homie!!that out of order shit is irritatin as fuck.And yo I havent heard of Krogers in a looooong time,they got’em in OHIO got fam down there. Is PO FOLKS still open in ATL? havent been there since the Child Murders and shit

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    Whuddup Kane…

    Po Folks has become “Folks.” It’s the same basic setup, without the Po. And I know the manager of the local Folks very well, so I get the breakfast hookup like it’s nothing.

    Southern Comfort at it’s finest.

  • BREAK

    FIRST , I WANT TO SAY THAT EVEN THOUGH SLAVERY WAS OVER 400 YEARS AGO, THE DECENDENTS OF THE SALVE OWNERS STILL PROFIT FROM IT TO THIS DAY AND BECAUSE OF IT LEAD A FINANCIALLY STABLE LIFE. I NEVER UNDERSTOOD WHY PEOPLE SAY GET OVER IT WHEN BECAUSE OF SLAVERY TGHEIR FAMILY IS BETTER OFF FINANCIALLY THAN MOST BLACK PEOPLE WHOS FAMILEIES ENDURED THE SLAVE ERA . SO WHY SHOULD AFRICAN AMERICAN EPOPLE GET REPARATIONS?? ESP. SINCE WHITE FAMILES LIVE BETERR BECAUSE OF IT.. SECAON., JAY-Z IS A SMART MAN BUT HE IS A MSICIAN/RAPPER SO I DOUBT HE DID HIS RESEARCH ON BARCLAY’S TO GET INFO ON PAST DEALINGS AND FOR TH THAT HE SHOULD ASHAMED OF HIMSELF FOR KNOWING THE HISTORY OF THE COMPANY…AS ONE PERSON SAID BEFORE JAY IS A PAWN IN A GAME OF CHESS AND HE IS WHAT MICHAEL JORDAN WAS IN THE 80′S AND 90′S …A POPULAR BLACK FACE THATour people trust and believe in. its still slavey just a different way as people have evolved and found different ways of getting over. but dont think for a second that jay is not a money hungry man that could care less if some black people hard aggie about him doing business with some “bad” people…. its all about money people

  • Eye of Amen Rah

    The United States iz a corporation, that has been the victim of a corporate takeover by the T.I.’s. Life repeats itself, and today the christians have again initiated the crusades to take the holy lands from the muslims, hence the twin towers being knocked down to incite the people=(employees) of the corporation to give the department heads the absolute power to do as they please(Start wars=Star Wars). The evil “Empire” iz real, and they will not relinqish power.

    Example: When the corporation iz losing money, why is education the first exspence to be knocked off the chopping block?

    Ans: Because the department heads don’t want the employees to get too smart, and bring attention to whatever the real reason the corporation iz losing money…

    Jay-Z, P-Diddy, Cash Money(Lil Wang), and (Your Favorite Rapper) are in bed with these TI’s try’n to get they membership (Skull & Cross Bones Ring) to the elite.

    read about “Empire of the city” get your knowledge up my brothas