All trophies matter…I assume.
Roger Goodell has a model new prize he can placed on his mantel, as Jay-Z’s 2019 determination to betray Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid in order that he may enter right into a cope with a league that was — and nonetheless is — blackballing them for a job that might “advise (the league) on choosing artists for main NFL performances just like the Tremendous Bowl,” in addition to “inspiring change” that might “schooling and financial development; police and group relations; and prison justice reform,” has arrived for the time being the place the fruits of all that backstabbing labor have equated to one thing.
For the primary time in historical past, the 2022 NFL Tremendous Bowl Halftime Present — which featured buddies of Jay-Z like Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar — received the Emmy for Excellent Selection Particular.
“It was one in all, if not the best Tremendous Bowl halftime reveals ever,” director Hamish Hamilton advised Billboard not too long ago. “That [artist] lineup modified the world – they modified music, they modified politics, they modified the way in which that we costume, that they had a seismic affect in music, tradition, and past, and never one in all them had been on a Tremendous Bowl invoice earlier than, and unexpectedly they’re all on the identical Tremendous Bowl invoice, and by the way in which it’s [near] Compton, the place a few of this began, the place Dre began, actually that is his yard. And, after all, you’ve received the house group within the closing. It was a hip-hop L.A. Tremendous Bowl once-in-a-lifetime second. It simply had the whole lot further going for it, from that first shot of Dre in his studio in Compton.”
The present was successful, and it was wonderful. However, was it value it?
If a trophy is all that the person who willingly entered a cope with the NFL — for a payment that also hasn’t been made public — has to indicate for after his notorious “we’ve moved previous kneeling” feedback led to Goodell later saying “we’ve moved on (from Colin Kaepernick)”, then the dude who claims to be a “enterprise, man” received scammed.
Or, was this all the time what it…all the time was. A dude who likes cash doing a deal that might make him more cash beneath the guise of, “However, it’s gonna assist Black folks. Simply belief me,” when that was by no means the case.
Over the past couple of weeks, Jay-Z has been going through criticism as folks have began to comprehend that a few of his ventures haven’t been “chess, not checkers,” as they initially assumed. They’re beginning to see that he’s all the time been enjoying Monopoly. Throughout a latest dialog on Twitter Areas, Jay-Z, a person that has bragged and reveled about being a capitalist in nearly each tune he’s ever made, took problem with being labeled a “capitalist.”
“All these lies that America advised us our entire life after which once we begin getting it, they attempt to lock us out of it,” he stated. “They begin inventing phrases like ‘capitalist.’ We’ve been referred to as ‘n*ggers’ and ‘monkeys’ and sh*t. I don’t care what phrases y’all provide you with. Y’all gotta include stronger phrases.”
He then went on to say, in keeping with Billboard, that nobody needs to be made to “really feel ashamed to achieve success in a spot that arrange a system for us to be lifeless at 21… Y’all locked us out. Y’all created a system that, you realize, doesn’t embody us. We stated fantastic. We went our alternate route. We created this music. We did our factor, you realize, we hustle, we f*cking killed ourselves to get to this area. And, you realize, now it’s like, you realize, you realize, ‘Eat the wealthy,’ and, man, we’re not stopping.”
This sounds precisely like a person who made a cope with the NFL as a result of he would possibly need to in the future personal an NFL group — not like an individual that needed to “encourage change” for racial and social justice.
When the 2022 NFL season begins on Thursday night time, reggaeton star J BALVIN will headline the kickoff live performance. Since Jay-Z got here aboard most of these NFL musical occasions have gotten extra “ethnic.” However, ultimately, are higher reveals what we would have liked, and even requested for? And that’s the issue with all of this, because it appears like the one change that was impressed has been the “change” into Jay-Z’s pockets.
We needed police brutality and racism to stop. And all we received had been higher live shows and a cooler halftime present.
Thanks for nothing, Jay-Z. Take pleasure in your trophy.