Video: Jay-Z Explains Why He Didn’t Do “We Are The World 25”

At Jay-Z & LeBron’s 4th annual All-Star weekend “Two Kings” dinner, MTV asked Jay why he (wisely) chose not to participate in the We Are The World remake.

I have a interesting take on that. I know everybody is gonna take this wrong: “We Are the World,” I love it, and I understand the point and think it’s great. But I think “We Are the World” is like “Thriller” to me. I don’t ever wanna see it touched. I’m a fan of music. I know the plight and everything that’s going on in Haiti. I applaud the efforts. Like 1 out of 2 Americans donated through text to Haiti. That’s amazing. So I appreciate the efforts and everything, but “We are the World” is untouchable like “Thriller” is untouchable. Some things are just untouchable. It was a valiant effort, but for me, it’s gonna be untouchable.

Jay said he felt that a new song should have been written instead:

I would have loved that idea better. I have tremendous respect for Quincy Jones. Of course, I think he’s genius, as everyone else does. But I think it’s time for us to make a new song, our take on it… I tried to do that with “Stranded” [the song Jay, Rihanna and U2’s Bono and The Edge premiered at the ‘Hope for Haiti Now’ telethon.]

Nipsey Hussle mentioned to XXL that he heard Jay-Z & Eminem had gone to the recording before he got there, so it seems like they gave it a chance before turning it down.

Hit the jump for photos from the Two Kings dinner. Guests included Diddy, Russell Simmons, Drake, Cortez Bryant, Dwayne Wade, Chris Paul, Steve Stoute, Gayle King, Michael Eric Dyson, Terrell Owens, Jason Kidd, Regina King, and more.

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112 Responses to “Video: Jay-Z Explains Why He Didn’t Do “We Are The World 25””

  1. Mag Says:

    It’s funny how all these celebs never invest money in haiti but go all the cross continent to help out. Take care of your own back yard.

    People will soon forget about Haiti.

  2. Ghost Writer Says:

    Bricktop Says:

    February 15th, 2010 at 9:24 am
    come to think of it, a Jew/Masonic combo would be like the Unholy Alliance that signals the beginning of the end. Fuck!! Killer’s been right all along.

    See that’s the thing…people have this idea that all Masons are evil or have evil intentions which isn’t true…see you have to research for yourself though and find some what of the truth…these youtube videos will drive you mad with the theories they’re feeding…now I’m not saying what you’re saying isn’t true cause things are looking messed up right now, geeks turn to bums, bums turn to prophets in the end times

  3. TE Says:

    should of re-made living la vida loca.

  4. Bricktop Says:

    jamie. J’s a french fried faggot. go back to Africa, Jap! or i will gouge your eyeballs out and skull fuck you!! (no homophones)

  5. Bricktop Says:

    so here’s my honest to god stance on masons: from the little i know, they’re all about world domination. my only question is, have they ever sat back and really looked at this world? and if so, are they sure that they really want to control all of it? i mean, i don’t really consider that such a great accomplishment. if they really want the world, fuck it, let em have it. just let them know that all sales are final, so ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS!!!

  6. Shooter Says:

    nah commenters = myopic, homophobic, violent, etc.

    lol yep, thats hip hop

  7. Fresh Huxtable Says:

    People forget about Nas’ Lost Tapes when they talk about his albums. That joint was a classic, every track. And it was sonically consistent.

  8. it'smep Says:

    What Jay really want to say is The New “We Are The World” is terrible! That song should not have been touched. It turned out so sloppy.

  9. StandOut FT Says:

    These are our heroes.

  10. spirit equality Says:

    Nipsey Hussle mentioned to XXL that he heard Jay-Z & Eminem had gone to the recording before he got there

    ^ ^ you say that like Nipsey Hussle is an award-winning investigative journalist. LMAO. the dude from AEG Live was sending out emails saying all kinds of people were gonna be there that didn’t show up: justin timberlake, lady gaga, etc. reported on it quite a bit (all in their rumor mill section, but their rumor reporting is more reputable than nipsey’s…lol)

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  12. Wisdom Says:

    You know people will take it wrong, because people are finding out that you and your music is influenced by the devil. Why would you sing “We are the world?” Michael Jackson was trying to save humanity, not rule over it.

    I will pray for you to go back to the light. Sad and disheartened to find out out you gave your soul over to the dark force in order to gain money power. What you do in this world and gain is no comparison to eternity and the damnation of trying to bring other souls down with you. But people are waking up. I

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