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Charlie Rose Celebrates/Interviews Former Drug Dealer/Rapper Jay-Z: No mention of Murder, Assault, and Violence at The Brooklyn Museum.

February 13th, 2011 · No Comments

Charlie Rose of PBS interviewed rapper/entrepreneur Jay-Z on November 18, 2010 at the Brooklyn Museum. In more ways than one this was an extremely odd and sad interview mainly because Mr. Rose seemed to rejoice and celebrate in Jay-Z’s (or his real name Shawn Corey Carter’s) past as a thug/criminal drug dealer. MikeFrancesa.com is a fan of Charlie Rose although we are sometimes highly critical of his views and interviewing style. MikeFrancesa.com recognizes the talent and entrepreneurial acumen of Jay-Z and respect him for that, surely he has a right to achieve success in this country. However, his drug dealing past should not be celebrated. Charlie Rose should not have a huge smile on his face as Jay-Z rejoices in his drug dealing days and states that the talents he acquired as a drug dealer are the same ones that benefitted him as a business man. Jay-Z sends a message to young Americans that drug dealing can yield the same lessons and benefits as going to the The Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. This odd and corrupt equivocation was not challenged at all by Charlie Rose.

Charlie Rose never asked if Jay-Z killed or ordered to be killed rival drug dealers. Charlie Rose never asked if Jay-Z assaulted or ordered to be assaulted rival drug dealers. Rose never made the distinction between somebody who works hard, follows the rule of law, studies, goes to college, and becomes successful and the path of Jay-Z; which entailed breaking the law, selling drugs which killed and enslaved members of his community, taking the easy way out, hustling to become a success. Surely there are positives to a man who was able to rise out of a criminal lifestyle to become a successful rapper/businessman but there must be a cold and critical look at his past to delineate between which lifestyle will lead to the best chance for a young American to achieve success and prosperity.

A youth that turns to drug dealing and rap or one that studies hard and goes to college. Jay-Z seems to think that he made it out of the drug dealing lifestyle alive because he was the “good” drug dealer blessed by God. So all of the drug dealers that ended up in jail or dead were “bad” but Jay-Z was the Jesus of drug dealing thus he was spared. Does anyone know of a successful drug dealer that did not have to kill off part of his competition? Does anyone believe the fairy tale that Jay-Z survived without violence? Yet the smirking Charlie Rose never asked such questions.
Charlie Rose Celebrates/Interviews Former Drug Dealer/Rapper Jay-Z, does not mention Murder, Assault and Violence at the Brooklyn Museum.

Here are excerpts from the interview:

CHARLIE ROSE: So you had some near misses?

JAY-Z: Yes.

CHARLIE ROSE: Being shot at?

JAY-Z: Yes. Plenty.


But of course Jay-Z being the “good” drug dealer never shot back. Part of his street skills included being an agile runner and because he never killed anyone or shot back, you can wonder how the people shooting at him suddenly disappeared. If you go to business school, I think you learn that in the second semester.

CHARLIE ROSE: When were you introduced to, as a hustle, crack cocaine?

JAY-Z: I don’t know what age, but pretty early on.

CHARLIE ROSE: But it became a business?

JAY-Z: Yes. Yes.

CHARLIE ROSE: Yes. You never used it?

JAY-Z: No. Crack cocaine — no. Come on, man.


That’s hardcore, man.

CHARLIE ROSE: I know, I know.

JAY-Z: A little weed, Ballantine ale, Guinness stout.


No Jay-Z would never do crack cocaine, that’s hardcore, that’s only for the fools that buy it off him, that is for the kids to smoke and die, not Jay-Z, God had bigger plans for him, he just needed the initial funding, call it a Crack IPO to get his foundation for the rap game.

CHARLIE ROSE: How did you get in the business?

JAY-Z: It’s fairly easy. Growing up during that time, we have to put the
time — we have to remember the time we’re talking about. We’re talking
Reaganomics, we’re talking crack cocaine was everywhere. You smelt it in
the hallways, you saw it in empty vials on the curb, floating by in the
water. It was just everywhere. So it wasn’t difficult. It was one
conversation. It was my friend who was my age who introduced me to someone
else and we — who was maybe two years older than us and we had a
conversation and you know, it was almost like a job interview.

First, I would love to hear Jay-Z tell us what Reaganomics means, secondly later in the interview he says it took business know-how to prosper as a drug dealer, wait, if Reaganomics made it so easy, why did it take such business skill? But we’ll get back to that later. Jay-Z wants to tell how his Professor, I mean scumbag drug dealer mentor talks about maintaining integrity, that’s right, crack and integrity, they go hand in hand, I think there was even a rap song about that.

But MikeFrancesa.com wants to remind you, Jay-Z never killed anyone, all that talk of violence, murder, and assault in his lyrics, that is all phoney, he never had to do it. Right….

CHARLIE ROSE: Tell me about that.

JAY-Z: It was like, “You got to be serious about this. You can’t be
playing about this. This is, like, serious.” “You got to not get high on
your own supply.” and, “you know, you got to be a man.”

Some of the things stuck, like integrity. I’m not promoting that anyone
sell crack cocaine — but the integrity and — you know, these are the
things that, today, day to day, some of those things I survive on. My

I didn’t go to Princeton, or Harvard, or anything like that to know
business the way I know it. It’s more my instincts, things that I feel and
these are things that I learned because you survive on instincts.
Instincts in the street mean life or death. You have to assess the
situation, you have to read it, you have to know trends — those trends, a
bunch of guys with trench coats coming around the corner.


“Never get high on your own supply”, come on Jay-Z, you don’t need a scumbag drug dealer mentor to teach you that, all you have to do is Netflix “Scarface”

So Jay-Z knew all about “trends” i.e. undercover officers but he wasn’t well versed in “hostile takeovers” i.e. murdering your competition, we won’t even go into “poison pills”.

Now we get to the only time Charlie Rose talks about drug dealing in a negative light. He gives Jay-Z one softball and leading question.

CHARLIE ROSE: But you understood, also, that crack cocaine was doing
terrible things to the neighborhood.

JAY-Z: Later on. At the time when you’re doing it, you don’t even think
of the repercussions. It’s almost a survival thing. You know, and after a
while, after the survival thing it becomes an adrenalin thing. You start
being addicted to the rush and the feel and the excitement of pulling up
and nice cars, et cetera. You don’t think about the damage that’s being
done. You’re immature, you’re young, you don’t think about until later on
when you become aware of who you are and the effects of what you are doing
is having on the community.

We was laughing at people who were — right now, today it’s sad. As a kid,
it was funny. If I’m being completely honest.

CHARLIE ROSE: You did this between the ages of 13 and 22.

JAY-Z: Yes. A little longer.

CHARLIE ROSE: A little longer?

JAY-Z: Yes. My first album came out when I was 26. Basically, until I
closed that door.


Wait a second, as a kid (meaning 26) it was funny but now it is sad. If that is so, why in the hell is Jay-Z, Charlie Rose, and the audience laughing up a storm during Jay-Z’s drug dealing anecdotes and about how he only stopped drug dealing when he started selling rap records.

CHARLIE ROSE: Why were you good at the hustle?

JAY-Z: I don’t know. Gifted mind or something, I don’t know.


I have no idea. A lot had to do with — you know, who you are as a person,
you know, a person of — a person of respect and integrity. That has a lot
to do with it.

CHARLIE ROSE: Did you have more confidence in your ability at the hustle
than you did at hip-hop?

JAY-Z: At the time, yes — it wasn’t even close.

Ha, America, what a country, doesn’t take loads of intelligence to make millions, you hear this, listen up America, Jay-Z was able to make it as a successful drug dealer because of a gifted mind, respect, and integrity. No need for guns, knives, or snitching to the PO-LICE.

CHARLIE ROSE: Well, you were shot at, and it was very close. The time I
read about when you were shot at, it could have been all over.

JAY-Z: It could have been over a lot of times.

CHARLIE ROSE: A lot of times?

JAY-Z: Yes.

CHARLIE ROSE: So you think you were lucky?

JAY-Z: Yes, definitely.

CHARLIE ROSE: Just lucky?

JAY-Z: Yes. This goes with believing in certain things and believing in
the universe and believing in a just universe that my heart — you know, I
didn’t have any malcontent in my heart for anyone, so I think — and when I
became aware of the damage I was doing I tried to move away from the damage
I was doing.

It is all about Karma folks, strive to be a better drug dealer, make peace with your God or Buddha and you too can become a great rapper. Wait, minutes ago Jay-Z said he only stopped drug dealing once he was sure he could make it as a rapper, so what is this phony talk of stopping once he realized all of the damage he was doing. I mean why would he even consider it damaging when he had all of that “respect and integrity”.

CHARLIE ROSE: You mean the damage that crack cocaine was doing?

JAY-Z: Yes, I think in some sort of way — there was some sort of good
karma even in — that’s why human beings are so complex, you know.
Everything is not black and white, you can’t say that guy is a drug dealer,
he’s a bad guy, or that guy is a lawyer, he’s good or that guy is a
preacher, he’s great, because we all seen the complexity of human beings.
We’ve seen preachers do wrong, we’ve seen drug dealers do good, we’ve seen
all kinds of different things.

Good point Jay-Z, don’t sit here and condescend to the audience and claim you didn’t die because of some divinity while the drug dealers that got caught or died had none of that. Instead why not talk about reality, that you had to kill to stay on top, that you destroyed lives, that you are SORRY for what you did, that you are lucky to have seen the light and made the change into a rapper but knowing what you know now, you would not have become a drug dealer because it was not the only way to success, that you were smart and savvy enough to make it in a legal way.

Why not say that, why not Charlie Rose ask tough questions to examine that????

Or if you are worried about the fact there are no statute of limitations in NY state for murder, then just admit you did some evil shit.

That’s enough of the interview, it is too stupid to continue with, but before Charlie Rose and the rest of the mainstream media brand this guy some kind of poet, remember one thing, fifty years from now nobody will care about a Jay-Z song, how do you know? Does anyone care about the rap stars of the 1980’s?

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