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

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

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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Video: Various Artists – We Are The World 25 For Haiti

Friday, February 12th, 2010

This is for a good cause and all, but under no circumstances should you actually purchase this. You know where to send that money instead.

Donate: Partners in Health | Doctors Without Borders | Red Cross

Video: Common’s Thoughts on “We Are The World”

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Says he wouldn’t say no to Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie, but that he would have probably called it something else. Props to VIBE

“We Are The World” will debut on NBC next Friday, February 12th.

Video: ABC News Report on “We Are The World”

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Applaud Quincy and Lionel for holding it down now that Mike isn’t here.

“When rapper Lil Wayne was told he was doing the Bob Dylan part, he said “I don’t know how to sing”

“We Are The World,” no 100% auto-tune free. Sorry Teddy.

Previously: Pictures from “We Are The World” + News Links

We Are The World

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

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Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Eminem Join “We Are the World” Remake for Haiti Relief [RollingStone]

Lil Wayne, Brian Wilson, Kanye West record ‘We Are The World’ for Haiti [NME]

An all-star ‘We Are the World’ remake for Haiti relief [L.A. Times Blog]

Lil Wayne Feels ‘Blessed’ To Be Part Of ‘We Are The World’ Remake [MTV News]

‘We Are the World’ Reboot Is Bizarro Version of Original Masterpiece [NYMag’s Vulture]

(I still have to go through these 400+ pictures from yesterday.)

Hit the jump to see a full gallery of pictures of which rappers were on hand for the recording. Is this song going to be 30 minutes long?

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