Jay-Z came out against the re-imagined ‘We Are The World’ that premiered at the Olympic opening ceremonies Friday to benefit Haiti. The rapper said Saturday at the ’2 Kings’ Dinner held at NBA All-Star weekend that while he applauded raising money for relief efforts, some music should stay “untouchable.”
“I know everybody is gonna take this wrong: ‘We Are the World,’ I love
it, and I understand the point and think it’s great. But I think ‘We
Are the World’ is like [Michael Jackson's] ‘Thriller’ to me. I don’t
ever wanna see it touched.”
Even though Jay-Z thought his opinion would be unpopular, it turns out a lot of people agree! The Washington Post review called it “an overblown redux” and criticized the amount of rapping as well as over-singing. The New York Times got down right bitchy, saying, “Lil Wayne, you’re no Bob Dylan.” Burn.
Jay-Z was at least a little more constructive. The enterprising superstar suggested producer Quincy Jones could have written a new song specific to the tragedy. As the Washington Post article points out, superstars like himself as well as his wife Beyonce were noticeably absent from the track.
So were the auto-tune stylings of Miley Cyrus and Lil Wayne to your liking or should Jay (pictured arriving today in London to perform at the Brits) just have kept that to himself?