Rapper Jay-Z's Business Empire Thrives on Perpetuating Thug Culture

M. Catharine Evans
In a Vanity Fair cover story, rap star Jay-Z (real name Shawn Carter) puts a positive spin on his skill at getting people hooked on crack while he was still a teenager.  The experience taught him the basics when it comes to managing money. If inner cities from Oakland to Detroit to Chicago to Philadelphia were not ravaged by crime, drugs, and neglected kids, Carter's comments wouldn't be worth a look.  But in my job, when I see the devastation of Jay-Z's glorification of the thug lifestyle, nobody can tell me his business intellect excuses his product.  Day after day, while the rapper's music plays in the background, gang members with stab wounds in their tattooed necks show up in the ER. From Vanity Fair: I know about budgets. I was a drug dealer...To be in a drug deal, you need to know what you can spend, what you need to re-up. Or if you want to start some sort of barbershop or car wash-those were the businesses back then. Things you can get in easily to get...(Read Full Post)

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