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Today we’re looking at Jay-Z, his song, The Story of O.J., and the messages it connotes and the political implications it addresses, and maybe some other music that this harkens or links to.
The Story of O.J. was the lead single off Jay Z’s latest album 4:44, a generally perceived return to form from Mr. Carter. The song itself primarily addresses OJ Simpson, his rejection of black culture throughout a lot of his professional career, and the ‘Trial of the Century’ that; in itself, had a lot of racial reparations, there is also another message about general wealth. Jay-Z’s message is that it is important to hold onto your money, and more importantly pass it on as generational wealth, in the song he says ‘Fuck livin’ rich and dyin’ broke’ which is a reference. Many may strain to exactly link these two diverse topics, but for me it states that O.J.’s general rejection of black culture, meant that he distanced himself through individualism, and in a way failed to show himself as a role model.
And in a way, like a lot of his critiques throughout the album, Jay Z feels that there are changes that need to be made, especially through the way that many of those cultural magnates treat money.
Aug 27, 2017