Hip hop legend Chuck D says that he’s confused by artists like Jay-Z and Kanye West. The master laid down his opinion during a recent interview with “The Times,” stating that he’s not sure why Kanye and Jay-Z even exist. Says Chuck:
“Hip-hop celebrates those who wanna make a killing instead of a living. I like those guys, but they make me laugh sometimes because I don’t get who they’re here for, other than themselves.”
Chuck D, whose real name is Carlton Ridenhour, joins Harry Belafonte as part of a growing core of celebrities who are questioning the selfishness, materialism and self-destructive nature hip hop music. Belafonte said that Jay-Z and other celebrities have thrown out virtually all desire to do anything for anyone other than themselves, and don’t seem to want to do much for the African American community.
“And I think one of the great abuses of this modern time is that we should have had such high-profile artists, powerful celebrities. But they have turned their back on social responsibility. That goes for Jay-Z and Beyoncé, for example. Give me Bruce Springsteen, and now you’re talking. I really think he is black,” said Belafonte.
Chuck D made a song about his concerns, called “Catch the Throne.” You can check it out below.