Jay-Z criticizes Occupy Wall Street

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Jay-Z may know what a “Hard-Knock Life” is like but he has little sympathy for the Occupy Wall Street crowd.

In an interview with The New York Times over the weekend, the Brooklyn-born rap superstar gets, according to the Times, “a little agitated when the subject of Zuccotti Park comes up.”

“What’s the thing on the wall, what are you fighting for?” asked Jay-Z in the interview.

He said he told hip hop mogul Russell Simmons, an early and outspoken supporter of OWS: “I’m not going to a park and picnic, I have no idea what to do, I don’t know what the fight is about. What do we want, do you know?”

Jay-Z said he didn’t agree with Occupy’s message of vilifying the 1 percent.

“I think all those things need to really declare themselves a bit more clearly. Because when you just say that ‘the 1 percent is that,’ that’s not true. Yeah, the 1 percent that’s robbing people, and deceiving people, these fixed mortgages and all these things, and then taking their home away from them, that’s criminal, that’s bad. Not being an entrepreneur. This is free enterprise. This is what America is built on.”

Occupy Wall Street is attempting to resurrect the movement with a comeback next Monday, Sept. 17. Just don’t expect the man from Marcy Projects to be with them.


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