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. Shooter Says:

    anything would have been better than Shakira

    ^^^

    Ghey
    ^^

    lol nah, readily available porn renders my need to put up with attractive females shitty musical performances obsolete

  2. silas aka simon Says:

    so anyone hear anything about the crowd going apeshit at the mos, doom show in the chi ?

  3. Jerry Heller's Accountant Says:

    I agree with Jay….remaking a classic like that is just a bad idea.

  4. soapy Says:

    so anyone hear anything about the crowd going apeshit at the mos, doom show in the chi ?

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I was there. My boys were the opening band. The crowd was in a shitty mood at 8. Mos didn’t go on til 1230, DOOM was an impostor. It was crazy, I was hoping for a full on riot, but alas.

  5. PHENOMENON Says:

    I wonder why touches everyone else’s sh*t.

  6. verses Says:

    Nas > Jay Z

    *chuckles*

  7. Carlos Voltron AKA Dixie Normous Says:

    I don’t get the concept of sending an imposter in your place for a show. Its bad business. You piss off fans, promoters/managers and the venue. Shit its not like dude has a ton of projects on his hands.

  8. bkallday Says:

    the first pic with drake and diddy
    and the one with jay-z drake and chris paul are suspect

  9. Mook Says:

    Olivia Munn is bad.

  10. Sleep Says:

    Come on hov be honest. You didn’t do the song cause there’s no I in we

    I don’t run rap I run the map(c) hov

  11. PHENOMENON Says:

    # verses Says:
    February 14th, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Nas > Jay Z

    *chuckles*

    ^ ^
    Ok, so we all know that you can ignore this, right??

    It doesn’t have to turn into a 2OO comment debate. . . again. . . for the 2,342,952,706,846th time. [Yes, I've been counting]

  12. Sleep Says:

    Wade is the most overrated player in nba history

  13. silas aka simon Says:

    curling > allstar game

  14. nation Says:

    >> Cortez Bryant

    Wireimage called him DJ Cortez Carter… *dead*

  15. Sleep Says:

    *takes bait*

    Son u crazy how u gonna say jay_z»»nas

    Iww, illmatic, stillmatic»»»bp,rd,black album

    I’ll give it to jay

    Bp2»»sd

    But I’m sure
    Dr»»»best of both world

    Jay was on his way to being GOAT until he woke up the sleeping lion in 2001

  16. verses Says:

    Sleep Says:
    February 14th, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    *takes bait*

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Don’t because I was being facetious.

  17. Mr. First Says:

    I’m mad I missed all the Nahtroversy… I’m watching the all-star game, and these niggas complaining with nation about commentaries and message boards…smh

  18. why? Says:

    So this is the Carter administration in 2010 -

    yfrog.com/13jayzxxldrizzyp

  19. Mr. First Says:

    Nation, I say y’all just keep doing what y’all been doing. Nah blew up for a reason, no need to make any changes now. As you pointed out, hip-hop fans are never pleased, anyway… Nah Right BBQ 2010!

  20. EnglandRepresent Says:

    I see you D-Block, running around unchecked who the fuck let you off your leash???

    I’d like nothing more than to place my ballsack on your mother’s head but then I know she’s got a bigger dick than me which makes the whole thing awkward.

  21. EnglandRepresent Says:

    And let’s get this nahright BBQ happening for fucks sake. This shit has been talked about since ’06. Less talk more action.

  22. nation Says:

    >> And let’s get this nahright BBQ happening for fucks sake. This shit has been talked about since ‘06. Less talk more action.

    oh it’s happening. can you make the trip out?

  23. D_Block_4_Life Says:

    Yo Nation i will fuck you up pussy. Sup?

  24. bkallday Says:

    fuck england

  25. verses Says:

    lol @ eng rep.

  26. BKScribe Says:

    whaddup eng rep.. i randomly check in n see ur across the pond ass typin some ish.. how u been?

  27. D_Block_4_Life Says:

    youtube.com/watch?v=1HOD75ljP7w

    This song is better than Nations mothers twat and that’s saying volumes….(II)

  28. nation Says:

    >> Sup?

    I need your e-mail. someone wants to speak to you, England and chea, and probably other commenters, for a piece on the NR comments

  29. why? Says:

    >> And let’s get this nahright BBQ happening for fucks sake. This shit has been talked about since ‘06. Less talk more action.

    ^^

    Summertime in NYC >>>

    I wouldn’t be surprised if some of you locals brought your friends and jumped one of the commenters. People taking some shit on here too serious. Lol the past week on Nah has been belligerent. How it feel to be in eskays shoes nation?

  30. D_Block_4_Life Says:

    I need your e-mail. someone wants to speak to you, England and chea, and probably other commenters, for a piece on the NR comments
    ^
    Lol

    Yo i didn’t mean to go at your moms va jay jay like that but you know.

    Donthategeorge@aol.com

    Owwie cakes.

  31. D_Block_4_Life Says:

    I wont be attending any NR bbq’s FTR

  32. BKScribe Says:

    # D_Block_4_Life Says:
    February 15th, 2010 at 12:36 am

    I wont be attending any NR bbq’s FTR

    ^
    what kinda spic turns down a free bbq? you terminally ill?

  33. nation Says:

    >> I wont be attending any NR bbq’s FTR

    ok so it’s cool if i come with your sister?

  34. nation Says:

    >> what kinda spic turns down a free bbq?

    BBQ won’t be free. it’s 1000 dollars to get in, sorry Joe

  35. D_Block_4_Life Says:

    ok so it’s cool if i come with your sister?
    ^
    LOL…do you whodi

  36. bkallday Says:

    bkscribe trying to kick that fucknigga shit

  37. D_Block_4_Life Says:

    BBQ won’t be free. it’s 1000 dollars to get in, sorry Joe
    ^
    Oh christ. 12:41 AM shots.

  38. BKScribe Says:

    BBQ won’t be free. it’s 1000 dollars to get in, sorry Joe
    ^^

    so i guess u gonna borrow from es for admission?

  39. BKScribe Says:

    lol damn d block.. thas a shot now?? shit fell off then

  40. why? Says:

    Lol at the amount of BK commenters on Nah.

  41. verses Says:

    # bkallday Says:
    February 15th, 2010 at 12:30 am

    fuck england

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    fuck Uzbekistan

  42. D_Block_4_Life Says:

    lol damn d block.. thas a shot now?? shit fell off then

    ^
    The rules change for the weekends….the shots are scarce…gotta reach

  43. bkallday Says:

    SMH at these sensitive shroom cake niggas

  44. TheCo!!inB Says:

    @nate
    thecollinb@gmail.com if they’re interested in a nah comments article. I’m quotatious.

  45. nation Says:

    nah Joe ain’t never gonna get a shot on Nah Right

  46. D_Block_4_Life Says:

    nate
    thecollinb@gmail.com if they’re interested in a nah comments article. I’m quotatious.
    ^
    Look at feenie sigel.

    No one mentioned you, go away faggot.

  47. D_Block_4_Life Says:

    <3 of course

  48. bkallday Says:

    @nate
    thecollinb@gmail.com if they’re interested in a nah comments article. I’m quotatious.

    ^
    GTFOH ol mr. me too ass nigga

  49. EnglandRepresent Says:

    oh it’s happening. can you make the trip out?

    ^^If I see Eskay putting his hand in his pocket to buy me a pint I’ll spend the few grand just to witness it. Fuck yes. Gimme a date. But no I’m not payin to attend that shit.

    I see you BK. Whats the chat mate? How’s everything gone with the other business venture?? All good? Or did it go tits up? You still rockin that wispy moustache as well huh? You need to give up on that shit you look like a ferret.

    Same goes for you too D-Block. Dirty bastard.

  50. BKScribe Says:

    funny.. if a bbq ever happened.. a lot of dudes would fold like lawn chairs.

  51. EnglandRepresent Says:

    Real talk though no wonder you’re fucked in the head D-Block when your Mum’s got a bigger penis than your old man it must throw your whole values system down the shitter. (nh)

  52. EnglandRepresent Says:

    a lot of dudes would fold like lawn chairs.

    ^^Shots??!!

    If I lived in the US it’d be a foregone conclusion. If it’s in September I can drop in on the way back from the UK.

  53. BKScribe Says:

    LMAO @ england.. yo.. that other shit is goin pretty good. LA is a lot better than NY in a lot of respects..lookin to get back out there for a few. fuck the music industry really.. buncha fuck boys who dont do shit hangin off the sacks of dudes who do slightly more than they do. Film is a muchhhh better look. and damn.. LOL n i grew out a full beard for winter.. its all comin off when this cold shit ends.

    How are things by you?

  54. Sleep Says:

    Nahright bbq will have at least 3 fight cause niggas take a little internet jokes too serious

  55. nation Says:

    >> I’ll spend the few grand just to witness it.

    say word, yo, I heard it’s 3 grand just to fly out of Australia. anyway, definitely if you can make it that’d be great man, I’ll try to see when it’s gonna be. we’re hoping to do it for the 5 year anniversary of Nah, so around the end of May

    *dying at England’s comments btw*

  56. nation Says:

    no one’s going to fight anything

    anyone have Mindy Marin’s e-mail? I’m going to fly her out for the event…

  57. NOLAIS504 Says:

    CARES.

  58. nation Says:

    ay dio mio

    http://usershare.net/kdc6jzddr8b2

  59. D. Billz Says:

    I actually can agree with Camel on this one.

  60. D. Billz Says:

    DBlock, BKScribe, nation, sleep, EngBing…

    What up?

  61. TheCo!!inB Says:

    bkallday who sent you nigga?
    Jorge gets a pass only because he’s going through milk chocolate wirthdrawls and he’s lashing out.
    If it wasn’t black history I sweartagod…

  62. EnglandRepresent Says:

    If the Nahright BBQ’s in May I will get the shekels together to get my ass to NY for it. I can link up with some peeps I know over that way so kill two birds. There’d be no fights. Fighting over some internet shit is beyond gay. I’ll still stick it to your girl though sleep.

    Good things then BK, congrats mate. Both film and music industry would be full of cunts I imagine. I know a few folk in both and generally they’re all muppets. Hope it works for you though son.

    *daps BK and Nate*

    *eyes DBlock suspiciously*

  63. BKScribe Says:

    Billz whaddup.. the fuck u been meng?

  64. EnglandRepresent Says:

    I see you Billy *daps*

    Shit looks a tad chilly over your way fella. Better have that follicle free bonce of yours double beanie’d up. (nh)

  65. EnglandRepresent Says:

    I’m outro. Daps to all. You got my e-mail Nate if that person wants my opinions on the comments section. You’re all dickheads is what it boils down to but anyway.

    Peace.

  66. nation Says:

    >> I can link up with some peeps I know over that way so kill two birds.

    word, I remember the time you’re like “hey guys, where can i find drugs in new york city” under you’re name and we thought you were a narc LOL

  67. Teddy Says:

    drake dick riding at its finest

  68. TheCo!!inB Says:

    Billz ya’ll gettin snow again tomorrow?

  69. k1ng Says:

    v nite sex >

  70. D. Billz Says:

    @BKScribe… chief, I just got in my crib not too long ago after celebrating Shawn Lee (@duepayer) 30th Earth Day in Flatbush yesterday. MADD heffas in the crib. Way more than dudes. And the dudes was on some weak shit, sittin’ down. All the chicks on the floor dancin’. SMH

    @CollinB I don’t even know yo. I didn’t check the weather. But I thought it wasn’t supposed to be until Tuesday.

  71. D. Billz Says:

    If it wasn’t black history I sweartagod…

    ^DON’T DO IT GOD!

  72. TheCo!!inB Says:

    The Michael Vick project >

  73. BKScribe Says:

    @Dbillz.. Waow… out in flatbush n u actin like u aint got my number.. i prolly couldnt have dipped on wifey to kick it with heffas anyway lol. you need to jus move back here man. wait till summer tho

    nyc summers >>

  74. D. Billz Says:

    @BKScribe … check ya G-Talk whoadie

    LF: LOL @ responding to everyone in Twitter format. That shit has officially bodied every other social forum.

  75. TheCo!!inB Says:

    IRONY RT @DBillz LF: LOL @ responding to everyone in Twitter format. That shit has officially bodied every other social forum

  76. jitty Says:

    tupac classic me n my girlfriend? jayz beylnce remake??? fuk outta here came

  77. bkallday Says:

    TheCo!!inB

    i flush turd niggas like you

  78. PHENOMENON Says:

    Jay is a legend in his own right but he is probably the greatest Hip-Hop cover artist of all time.

  79. PHENOMENON Says:

    Oh Lord, why did I just look at another clip of that “We Are The World 2O1O” bullsh*t again??!!

    My goodness, FAIL. FAIL, FAIL, FAIL!! It’s like a horror movie. . . or a very long car accident.

    I just don’t get it. How do you. . .

    Didn’t they watch/listen to it before they released it??!! I mean, the thought of even attempting to make another “We Are The World” in the first place is a retards pipe dream.

    Are you kidding me??!!

    You CAN’T “remake” something like that!! FU*K!!

    And even if you are don’t cram it chock full of a bunch of NO TALENT, AUTO-TUNE, TMZ TROLL, FU*K FACES!!!

    And to make matters worse they had the AUDACITY to put Micheal Jackson, himself, in the middle of it.

    I have no words for this. NO WORDS!! This is BEYOND sin.

    How dare you take classic work created by GOATS of the game and think that you posses the skill and expertise not even to make your own fu*king song and stay in your fu*king lane but just to merely MIMIC what they have done and FAIL MISERABLY. . . FAIL!!

    SHAME!! HAVE YOU NOT??!!

    And people are actually accepting this perversion as acceptable!! What is this??!!

    Nobody has any talent anymore. Aside from from the OG’s from years past that are still getting it in and the few glimmers of hope that, against all odds, managed to cultivate true ability and skill into something good.

    But this is rare.

    I was disgusted by that footage.

    I was able to get through it without convulsions. But then the auto tune came in to rear it’s ugly head and destroy all things that are good and pure and righteous in it’s path.

    Needless to say I survived. Or did I?? For I am not sure weather I’m alive or dead inside.

    “We Are The World 2O1O” has proven two things to me and has made them very clear.

    1] We ARE in the End of Day’s and these spawn of satan ass n*ggas can’t let us have nothin’ [i.e. a classic "We Are The World"]

    2] I care TOO TOO MUCH. Too much.

    [Now, I am through. I thought I was Yesterday but I guess I was wrong]

  80. ijackeverything Says:

    i agree with phenomom it was a pitiful imitation. and to keep it real , nobody did this much for katrina. america turned there back on katrina victims. I would give a damn if they plowed haiti under and made a amusement park. We are not the police of the world or can we fix every problem in the world. Haiti was fucked up before the earthquake , now its worse. we are the world remake was a joke. and they wanted someone to buy it . fuck out of here. im with Jay and Eminem leave it be. You saw sellouts like lil gay suck babys dick on the regular wayne on it just destroying a classic and t pain i cant sing a damn lick embarrasing himself.

  81. CHILE ! Says:

    LMAO @ wyclef singin like he’s being fucked

  82. 456 Says:

    1] We ARE in the End of Day’s and these spawn of satan ass n*ggas can’t let us have nothin’ [i.e. a classic "We Are The World"]

    2] I care TOO TOO MUCH. Too much.

    ^3) ayo

  83. 456 Says:

    Jay is a legend in his own right but he is probably the greatest Hip-Hop cover artist of all time.

    ^that award actually goes to puffy

  84. Don_Garcia Says:

    I agree with his argumentation!
    …beside the fact that the stranded record is even crappier than We Are the World 25!

  85. Get Your Money Up!!!! Says:

    Kenwyne Jones to join Liverpool yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  86. Ghost Writer Says:

    What up?

  87. Ghost Writer Says:

    I mean why didn’t they record a new record? I agree with Jay

  88. Get Your Money Up!!!! Says:

    U JAY DICKRIDER TRAVEL OVERSEAS SOMETIME THEY’RE ARTIST IN THE THE UK ,BLACK COMEDIANS , MUSICIANS , ECT

  89. The Killer Says:

    Damn, Jay seems to be trying to infiltrate Drake’s mind with Masonic thoughts. I hope Drake has the intestinal fortitude to decline his advances.

  90. The Killer Says:

    So far gone > every Jay album except for RD

  91. Bricktop Says:

    put me down for paperplates and plasticware, son. i got them shits on lock.

  92. Ghost Writer Says:

    The Killer Says:

    February 15th, 2010 at 8:38 am
    Damn, Jay seems to be trying to infiltrate Drake’s mind with Masonic thoughts. I hope Drake has the intestinal fortitude to decline his advances.

    ^
    Drake probably had ties way before…

  93. Paul Kersey Says:

    I have an interesting take on that as well. Why is it cool to remake “me and my girlfriend”, and re-use many classic rap lines…but now that MJ is deceased all his shits sacred…go away Jiggaman please just quit already.

  94. Brooklyn Strong aka John Locke of Nah Says:

    The rapper chorus in we are the world 2010 set hip hop back 10 years.

  95. Bricktop Says:

    Drake probably had ties way before…

    ^idk, do Jews and Masons even get along like that?

  96. Ghost Writer Says:

    That first pic shows how old dudes are getting (n)…

  97. Ghost Writer Says:

    Bricktop Says:

    February 15th, 2010 at 8:55 am
    Drake probably had ties way before…

    ^idk, do Jews and Masons even get along like that?

    ^
    I say yes…although I have no facts to back said statement

  98. Bricktop Says:

    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.

  99. jamie. j Says:

    piece on the nah comments is simplicity epitomised.

    nah commenters = myopic, homophobic, violent, etc.

  100. Bricktop Says:

    Wall Street 2 couldn’t be dropping @ a more appropriate time. pop culture has embraced the 80′s lifestyle by no accident. white America is partying its ass off right now like never before, while black America is struggling more than it ever has since slavery was abolished. the whole point of studying history is to learn from our past and prevent the mistakes from happening again, yet here we are reliving the nightmare that was the 80′s all over again. for proof look at the state of fashion and music, which has a tendency to reflect the overall wellbeing of society.

  101. 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.

  102. 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

  103. TE Says:

    should of re-made living la vida loca.

  104. 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)

  105. 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!!!

  106. Shooter Says:

    nah commenters = myopic, homophobic, violent, etc.
    ^^^

    lol yep, thats hip hop

  107. 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.

  108. 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.

  109. StandOut FT Says:

    These are our heroes.

  110. 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. hitsdailydouble.com 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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  112. 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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