Skip to comments.Bill O’Reilly Is Wrong: Jay-Z Is Worthy of America’s Respect
Posted on 03/18/2014 7:26:40 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Count me as a fan of the divergent brands of Fox News, hip-hop and Jay-Z. Growing up in the Bronx, New York in the 1980s and 1990s, a product of the New York City public school system, hip-hop is in my blood. It has changed my life for the better, as the hip-hop lifestyle teaches so many important American values. From the importance of rising up no matter what your circumstances, to constantly working hard and seeking more and more, to personal responsibility, there are so many hip-hop values that all Americans including political conservatives must appreciate.
As CEO of a leading New York PR agency, we have represented countless hip-hop artists, including Sean Diddy Combs, Ice-Cube, Snoop Dogg and others — and its been a great experience.
As readers of FrontPage Magazine know, I am a proud conservative for many reasons. Foremost among those reasons is the fact that I shouldnt be penalized tax-wise for my success. No one gave me anything. As a conservative, it is evident that the media are often liberally-biased and Fox News, the fair and balanced network, has eliminated liberal bias from at least one station. Yet, too often conservatives are out of touch with youth culture, and a perfect example of that is overlooking the countless ways that hip-hop has made America a better country.
Bill OReillys perpetual attacks upon the hip-hop industry are wrong and misguided. This week, OReilly confronted Valerie Jarret, a senior advisor to President Obama, on-air as they were discussing Obamas new My Brothers Keeper initiative, which seeks to help minorities find role models. OReilly said, Youre gonna have to get people like Jay-Z, alright, Kanye West, all of these gangsta rappers to knock it off. Thats number one. He continued, saying that young males idolize these guys with the hats on backwards and terrible rap lyrics, and that these gangsta rappers and tattoo guys need to speak to kids and tell them that theyve got to stop the disruptive behavior or youre going to wind up in a morgue or in prison.
OReilly continually speaks negatively about hip-hop, and inaccurately claimed that Jay-Z and Kanye West were gangster rappers. They arent. While Jay-Z made many mistakes growing up as a drug dealer he undoubtedly hurt many people — none of us are perfect. The man is tremendously influential and has shown so many of us how to overcome adversity and become successful. With sheer determination, Jay-Z has succeeded as a world-class entrepreneur, and demonstrated how self-confidence, passion and a strong work ethic can allow anyone in this great country to get anywhere.
At times, as an entertainer, Jay-Z curses and is inappropriate. “The Terminator” was inappropriate as well, as were other characters played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in countless movies. Indeed, there are PG-13 and R-rated movies and actors. But the real life of Jay-Z today is parental-encouraged, and worthy of being viewed by all. People should watch and learn from Jay-Z.
Neither Jay-Z nor Kanye West are gangster rappers and the fact that they may wear their hats backwards, and may have tattoos, doesnt say anything more about them today than the clothing style of someone wearing a suit says about that person. Marc Zuckerberg, Jan Koum of Whats App and many others have non-traditional viewpoints on corporate rules and how to dress. Whether its a hoodie, or someone with a tattoo, people cannot be defined by how they dress or what they look like.
So often, hip-hop represents the greatness of America opportunity, risk-taking, thinking outside of the box — and Jay-Z is at the forefront of that movement. Hip-hop embraces entrepreneurship and a culture of self-sufficiency. As the American business icon Warren Buffett said:
Jay is teaching in a lot bigger classroom than Ill ever teach in. Theyre going to learn from somebody. For a young person growing up hes the guy to learn from.
From becoming one of the worlds most recognizable artists, to investing in professional sports teams, cosmetics brands, restaurants and much more, Jay-Z shows first-hand the results and importance of hard-work, responsibility, and risk-taking. Jay-Zs values today are of a family man who is the face of major American brands married to one of the most beautiful, charismatic artists of our time. He has taught so many of us to strive for more, to work hard at what we love. Jay-Z is worth $475 million dollars according to Forbes Magazine and is still going. For so many Americans, myself included, Jay-Z is worthy of our immense respect. As a grown man, Jay-Z is a business role model for so many people. (His political viewpoints, on the other hand, leave a lot to be desired.)
Mr. OReilly: Dont throw the baby out with the bathwater. As Jay-Z said, Im not a businessman, Im a business, man. Jay-Zs business skills show so many Americans that even if we arent Ivy League graduates, we can still succeed in a major way.
P.S.: For those who will disagree with this article, I will offer this qualifier: As a marketer and a father, I agree with what NBA legend Charles Barkley said in his famous Nike commercial:
I am not a role model. I am not paid to be a role model. Parents should be role models. Just because I can dunk a basketball doesnt mean I should raise your kids.
What is this garbage?
hip hop = crap
The guy’s a thug.
No, he is a scumbag, and so is his wife.
The writer is a very lost man.
If nihilism and hatred of our culture is greatness, well then, yeah, I can see it.
Warren Buffet likes Jay? Well..ain’t that special
Why would Front Page Mag publish this garbage?
To the Author: Jesus is calling, please respond. Without morality, role models are pretty easy to come by it appears.
RE: Warren Buffet likes Jay? Well..aint that special
What I’d like to see, is a YOUTUBE video of Warren RAPPING with Jay-Z... now that would be special and will be guaranteed to go viral. :)
JayZ is not done with drugs. This music is an opiate that raises plenty of money from little kids for what?
Don’t buy it.
The problem with this writer is that he thinks that most young people are looking at the man/character of the rapper, when in fact, they are listening and wanting to emulate the man/character of the people about whom these rappers sing!
We adults can step back, analyze and realize that Jay-Z, Eminem, etc... have become successful artists and business professionals.
The kids listening don’t care about that part, they care about the wild, rich, sex and drug filled lifestyle about which these artists sing! They figure, hell, if 50-Cent can deal drugs, get shot and then sing about that lifestyle and become successful, I can go and do all those things and also come out as some multimillionaire!
The fact is: MOST of those thugs don’t make it and just end up with a rap sheet, unable to get a decent job and then blame the “system” or the “man!” How many of us wanted to be an NFL superstar? How many of us actually BECAME an NFL superstar?
This writer is delusional if he thinks the young generations are able to delineate one from the other!
As Satan noted when training his nephew in The Screwtape Letters:
“Cards are as good as murder, if cards do the trick.”
Noting the sin need not be spectacular, as long as Satan wins the soul.
I would laugh, but it’s sad to think now that this is what represents American culture to the rest of the world.
“hip hop = crap”
No, hip hop is chimp slop, rap is crap.
All stolen from little girls playing jump rope and
hop scotch. Crack dealer music.
BO is still around?
I turned him off more years ago than I can count-—as well as every other tv “news” program.
If I can’t read it on FR, I don’t need to know about it.
Life is good ..
“as the hip-hop lifestyle teaches so many important American values. From the importance of rising up no matter what your circumstances, to constantly working hard and seeking more and more, to personal responsibility”
While not a fan of hip-hop myself, a fair number of my friends are...and none of them get the good side of this out of it aside from maybe the rising up part.
Right you are. From the article: "While Jay-Z made many mistakes growing up as a drug dealer he undoubtedly hurt many people none of us are perfect."
No. A mistake is writing 1+1=3. Deciding to sell drugs is not a mistake. It can be forgiven, but it is not a mistake. It is a conscious decision to hurt people for personal gain. Anyone who sees such a criminality as a simple "mistake" is indeed lost.
Well I suppose becoming a successful pimp or drug dealer does take some work and personal responsibility.
I don’t know anything about Jay-Z, but I will respect this man’s opinion. If you grew up in New York City (or Chicago, or LA or Miami) then Jay-Z is what you know.
if Conservatives expect and want black Americans to be conservative, then you have to expect people who like Jay-Z will be in the tent also.
Only if you're too lazy to learn anything else.
My kids study cello and piano and can play Chopin - because my wife and I demand it. But the world is what it is, and I know vast segments of the US population were raised on Jay-Z. Sadly, its the culture we must swim in. One has to deal with people as they are, and work to improve from there.
And look where we are.
Yeah, but the vast majority of us would never stoop to selling drugs.
For some people, the only thing they respect is a person’s ability to accumulate wealth, regardless of how they do it, apparently.
“None of us are perfect”......
I can name a great many people I have met in my lifetime who are not perfect, nor am I....
HOWEVER——NONE of us was EVER a DRUG DEALER!!!!!!!
1) perils and quirks of inner city life
5) fashions derived from urban styling
no thanks, I'll pass
7) Bitches and Hos.
Big Pimpin’ Lyrics:
“Nigga it’s the big Southern rap impresario
Comin’ straight up out the black barrio
Makes a mill’ up off a sorry hoe
Then sit back and peep my scenario
Oops, my bad, that’s my scenario
No I can’t f*** a scary hoe
Now every time, every place, everywhere we go
Hoes start pointin’, they say, there he go
Now these motherf****** know we carry mo’ heat than a little bit
We don’t pull it out over little s***
And if you catch a lick when I spit, then it won’t be a little hit
Go read a book you illiterate son of a bitch and step up yo’ vocab “
Snoopy Dogg Dogg is now known as Snoop Lion. Some PR firm.