[AUDIO] Jay Z Raps About Barney's Racism Controversy On New Rick Ross Song
Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.20.2013
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NME reports that Jay Z has commented on the issue surrounding his involvement with Barneys after accusations of racial profiling in a new Rick Ross song called "The Devil Is A Lie". He raps: "See what I did to the stop and frisk?/Brooklyn on the Barneys like we own the bitch/Give the money to the hood, now we all win/Got that Barneys floor looking like a V.I.M."
V.I.M is a Brooklyn-based "jeans and sneaker" chain. Jay Z said he will give 100% of profits from his work with Barneys to the Shawn Carter Foundation, which helps provide scholarships and financial backing to "individual[s] facing socio-economic hardships". Retailers like Barneys and Macy's have been accused of profiling black shoppers who say they were held by police after buying luxury items. Two customers of Barneys, Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips, said they were held last month after being designer products and are both suing.
Jay Z released a statement last month defending his work with the store. He has faced criticism from fans who want him to end his partnership with the store due to the accusations. The store is selling items this Christmas by designers inspired by Jay Z with proceeds going to his charity. He also worked with Barneys to create their holiday window display. His original statement said he is "not making a dime" from the collaboration.
He previously said on his own website: "While I await the findings of the Attorney General's Office, I have agreed to move forward with the launch of BNY SCC collection under the condition that I have a leadership role and seat on a council specifically convened to deal with the issue of racial profiling. I am in a unique position to use my voice to affect change to this disturbing issue. The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policy making to others hoping that someone addresses the problem. I will not leave the outcome to others. I will take this into my own hands with full power to recommend, review and revise policies and guidelines moving forward. I am choosing to take this head on."