Jay Z is, first and foremost, a capitalist. He’s a business, man.
And as such, his social justice maneuvers are cloaked with the cape of Black capitalism.
Kaep was always a lone man standing on an island. The boycotts surrounding his unemployment only had teeth as long as no one crossed the picket line. Jay just crossed the picket line and stranded Kaep out on that island alone.
I picture Jay and Kaep playing out the scene from New Jack City…
Jay as Nino Brown: “It’s always business. Never personal.”
Kaep as G Money: “We all we got, man. Am I my brother’s keeper? AM I MY BROTHER’S KEEPER?”
Jay/Nino: “Yes. I. Am.” [Squeezes trigger]