Jay-Z Says He’s Willing To Share His Wealth
While Jay-Z has always been matter-of-fact about his money-making prowess (“Put me anywhere on God’s green earth, I triple my worth”) he hasn’t been half as open about his altruistic side. Perhaps the hip-hop icon is mellowing thanks to maturity (and his reported half billion dollar bank account); whatever the reason, the man born Shawn Carter is now one of the strongest celebrity voices for social change.
In a recent interview with CNN Money, Jay was asked about his feelings on his friend President Obama’s battle with the Republican Congress to raise taxes on the rich to help extend the payroll tax cut for American workers.“I wouldn’t mind paying more taxes if it went to the things that really mattered. If it went to education, to people in poverty, if it went to the right things, I wouldn’t mind,” he responded.
When asked about Occupy Wall Street (the movement he controversially and indirectly supported with a line of t-shirts from his Rocawear brand) he replied, “It’s a good thing that young people are getting out and getting their voices heard. Especially in this time of social media where the argument on the block or that thing that would take place in a small neighborhood is now being viewed globally. You get to recognized the power of your voice.”
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