Jay-Z’s ‘4:44′ Tackles Covert Racism

Jay-Z's freshly released 13th album, 4:44, addresses class separations within the Black community.

After years without a full album release, Jay-Z‘s fans welcomed ‘4:44’ with delight.  The album is not just great amusement, it’s extremely thought-provoking.

In songs like ‘The Story Of O.J.’ Jay-Z touches upon the issue of denouncing Backness or  African-American identity just because the racist society is pushing you to do so.


In ‘4:44′, Jay-Z is also trying to make his rich peers to realize that green money doesn’t negate their Black skin.

He jumpstarts the song with the chorus,

Light n****, dark n****, faux n****, real n****
Rich n****, poor n****, house n****, field n****
Still n****, still n****

For the opening lines of the first verse, he raps,

O.J. like, “I’m not black, I’m O.J.” …OK.


JAY-Z’s line addresses the infamous quote that ESPN journalist, Robert Lipsyte, said Simpson shared with him during the Made In America special.


Lipsyte said, “He overheard a white woman at the next table saying, ‘Look, there’s O.J. sitting with all those n***ers.’ I remember in my naiveté, saying to O.J., ‘Gee, wow, that must have been terrible for you.’ And he said, ‘No. it was great don’t you understand? She knew that I wasn’t black. She saw me as O.J.'”


This album can be also seen as a part of huge social work the famous rapper is doing at the moment, in ‘4:44’ he goes from charity and activism to direct reaching the hearts of his target audience.


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