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JAY Z accused of using anti semitic lyric on new album

ACCUSED: JAY-Z

JAY-Z is riding high after the release of his new critically-acclaimed album 4:44 – however things have taken a slight dip, as he has been accused of playing into Jewish stereotypes on the new project.

The US rapper, 47, came up against accusations of anti-Semitism over a lyric on his track, The Story of O.J.

In the track, he raps: “You wanna know what’s more important than throwin’ away money at a strip club? Credit/ You ever wonder why Jewish people own all the property in America? This how they did it.”

Some people didn't take to kindly to the lyric, and expressed their feelings on Twitter.

One Twitter user posted: “Wasn’t really expecting Jay-Z to go anti-Semitic when I started the new 4:44 album this morning.”

A second tweeted: “I've got time for Jay Z but seriously, it's 2017, can we stop with the 'Jews own everything' b*******?”

The Anti-Defamation League, a leading Jewish organisation who work to fight anti-Semitism, also condemned Jay-Z’s use of the lyric, which they claim plays “into deep-seated anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jews and money”.

A spokesperson told Rolling Stone: “We do not believe it was Jay-Z's intent to promote anti-Semitism. On the contrary, we know that Jay-Z is someone who has used his celebrity in the past to speak out responsibly and forcefully against the evils of racism and anti-Semitism.

“The idea that Jews ‘own all the property’ in this country and have used credit to financially get ahead are odious and false.

“Yet, such notions have lingered in society for decades, and we are concerned that this lyric could feed into preconceived notions about Jews and alleged Jewish ‘control’ of the banks and finance.”

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