Al Sharpton Has No Beef With JAY-Z: ‘I Thank Him for the Plug’ [VIDEO]
JAY-Z threw a couple of lyrical jabs at several celebrities, rappers and business people on his platinum-certified album, 4:44. On “Family Feud,” Hov ask for rappers to put their differences aside and focus on building wealth and giving back to their communities. In one line, JAY talks about not having anyone to confide in and he takes a swipe at Rev. Al Sharpton.
"We all screwed 'cause we never had the tools / I'm tryna fix you / I'm tryna get these n----s with no stripes to be official," he raps, adding, "Y'all think small, I think Biggie / Y'all whole past is in danger, ten Mississippi / Al Sharpton in the mirror takin' selfies
How is him or Pill Cosby s'posed to help me?"
TMZ caught up with Sharpton in New York and asked him about JAY-Z's lyric and whether he was offended by it. On the contrary, the civil rights leader appreciated Hov's line and thanked him for the name drop.
"I'm a big fan of JAY-Z. I thanked him for the plug," he told the cameraman. "It's all fun. I love JAY-Z."
The 62-year-old political TV host did acknowledge that Hov went after everybody on his album, including Kanye West and Future, but he wasn't bothered by anything he said. "Keep me in your raps JAY-Z," said Sharpton.
Meanwhile, Russell Simmons recently defended the rap mogul following criticisms over a lyric on "Story of O.J." that has been deemed anti-Semitic by a few in the Jewish community. In a series of tweets, the Def Jam Records founder said that JAY was simply explaining how Jewish people are savvy in business and that they maintain generational wealth.
If you want to watch JAY-Z's powerful animated video for "Story of O.J.," click here.