Jay-Z Releases Statement on Barney’s Collaboration

After it was recently revealed that two young Black consumers were racially profiled after shopping at Barney’s New York, there have been calls for comment from Jay-Z, who recently announced a high profile collaboration with the high-end department store. Jay just released the following statement via his Life+Times website:

This collaboration lives in a place of giving and is about the Foundation. I am not making a dime from this collection; I do not stand to make millions, as falsely reported. I need to make that fact crystal clear. The Shawn Carter Foundation is the beneficiary and the foundation is receiving 25% of all sales from the collaboration, 10% of all sales generated in the store on November 20th and an additional donation from Barneys. This money is going to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships to help further their education at institutions of higher learning. My idea was born out of creativity and charity… not profit.


I move and speak based on facts and not emotion. I haven’t made any comments because I am waiting on facts and the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and Barneys. Why am I being demonized, denounced and thrown on the cover of a newspaper for not speaking immediately? The negligent, erroneous reports and attacks on my character, intentions, and the spirit of this collaboration have forced me into a statement I didn’t want to make without the full facts. Making a decision prematurely to pull out of this project, wouldn’t hurt Barneys or Shawn Carter, but all the people that stand a chance at higher education. I have been working with my team ever since the situation was brought to my attention to get to the bottom of these incidents and at the same time find a solution that doesn’t harm all those that stand to benefit from this collaboration.

I am against discrimination of any kind, but if I make snap judgements, no matter who it’s towards, aren’t I committing the same sin as someone who profiles? I am no stranger to being profiled and I truly empathize with anyone that has been put in that position. Hopefully this brings forth a dialogue to effect real change. – Shawn “JAY Z” Carter

Previously: The Jay-Z x Hublot Shawn Carter Classic Fusion Watch


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8 Responses to “Jay-Z Releases Statement on Barney’s Collaboration”

  1. 911 Says:

    Fuck barney’s

  2. Tong Po Flo Says:

    The more things change the more they stay the same and shit

  3. silas aka simon Says:

    acting like there is no profit here is some slick double speak but jay sold out everything including his culture a long time ago. In times like this i ask myself wwpd, what would pac do ?

  4. Kid Cudi Says:

    I wonder if Hov even wrote this

  5. b Says:

    I wonder if you have a life

  6. Free J Says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FP1W4H1cQZo

    the unreleased Death of LMG 2 thats been sitting on private since August.

    s/o to to TS, Truth, CP, KJ, Gob, Cypher, Kev, FYPM, Sihk, TKF, HW, A1 etc.

  7. Kid Cudi Says:

    B your life is a wasteland nigga

    What’s good Free J

  8. b Says:

    U threw a temper tantrum, all depressin and shit
    Upset cuz some shit that I did had u stressing and shit
    Probably spazzed on ya children, jus for askin questions and shit
    Confessed that u pissed, the reason y u left and shit
    Talkin bout obsessin and shit
    U called ya screen name ya boxers so basically u dress in this shit
    We all kno y u exited this and y u came back whining
    U emotionally invested in this
    Talkin bout the screen names jacked
    Well b used to use Frankie’s so when are u addressing that shit
    And y u neva be around dog
    When b’s gettin ethered on u hidin, like a mothafuckin groundhog
    Until it’s safe to come out see I don’t get the shit
    B screaming LMG u see it when he rep the shit
    Only time u pop up is when he drop records, shit
    And it be like in seconds and shit, a coincidence that it happens everytime
    Or is he lurkin behind his computer and he lying
    See his comments all aggressive and shit
    That’s how I kno I hurt ya feelings, u see how he expressin that shit
    He drop one song every 2 years
    And I kept throwin shots at him, that’s y we ended up here
    He took a week hiatus, almost ended in tears
    Accusing ya peers gettin hyper sensitive, weird
    Yea, I got him ventin see his bitch like tendencies
    Frail heart, mentioned me 2 days straight, get some sleep
    If you didn’t care then it doesn’t make sense to be
    Mad at Jihad for destroying u and dissing b
    A couple years ago, funny, now u say his shit is weak
    Sensitive, a hole in ya heart, u feelin incomplete
    Bitchin what u going thru
    The only reason why u rappin is cuz people half ya fuckin age told u too
    And u 40 plus so u 0 for 2
    0 for 3, ignoring me is what somebody ur age is sposed to do
    Fuck what ya click bout and u should be kicked out
    Of LMG, let me break this shit down
    See Ar Clip…he took a whole clip and dipped out
    B dead and he the main one to shout the shit out
    Land need a scapegoat so he use his kids now
    Claim he aint on nah right when basically he bitched out
    Mention my wife, where’s a picture of yours
    Judgin ya taste, i imagine a wild boar
    But i bet he wouldn’t up it jus to settle the score
    And if u keep ya life private, why’d u up u for
    Yea keep spinning facts, melting
    To call yaself land music group is kinda selfish
    I mean b helped him but got his face blown off
    When he sent me that beat, i pulled the trigger when he emailed it

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