Hip-Hop mogul Jay-Z recently called out former President George Bush Jr. in an interview with the Associated Press about his new book, Decoded.
Talking with AP’s Nekesa Mumbi Moody, Jay-Z commented on Kanye West’s infamous statement that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” during a live, nationwide telethon for Hurricane Katrina survivors in 2005.
But the issue has tipped over recently, when Bush called Kanye West disgusting for making the comments.
“My record was strong I felt when it came to race relations and giving people a chance. And — it was a disgusting moment,” President Bush told reporters.
Kanye West have since backed away from the comments, after George Bush Jr. labeled the incident the lowest point in his administration in his new book Decision Points.
That didn’t sit well with Jay-Z, who dismissed George Bush’s comments during the interview and stood by Kanye West’s original assessment.
“I 100 percent agreed with the comments that he made, because again … it felt like it was being done to black people,” Jay-Z told the Associated Press. “Like all you saw on the news was black people with help signs and all this stuff, and then you have this picture of the commander in chief, who we all rely on, just flying by.”
Kanye West backed away from the comments when President Bush made it known that he didn’t appreciate the stinging criticism.
“I didn’t have the grounds to call him a racist,” an apologetic Kanye West said. “I believe that in a situation of high emotion like that we as human beings don’t always choose the right words.”
But Jay-Z called out Bush for allowing the rapper’s original comments to irk him to that level.
“Just the fact that he thinks that the worst thing that happened to him is Kanye saying something about him. Like, what? That alone shows you where his mind is. Are you kidding me?” Jay-Z said.
The issue have since sparked a national debate over the Bush administration’s reaction to Hurricane Katrina.
Do you think Kanye West should apologise, and do you agree with Jay-Z?