Jay-Z Explains “We Are The World” Snub

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The 1515 Boys caught up with the Roc Boy and explained why he passed on Q’s session.

We Are the World’ is like [Michael Jackson’s] ‘Thriller’ to me. I don’t ever wanna see it touched. I’m a fan of music. I know the plight and everything that’s going on in Haiti. I applaud the efforts: [Millions have been raised] through text [donations] to Haiti. So I appreciate the efforts and everything, but ‘We are the World’ is [musically] untouchable like ‘Thriller’ is untouchable. Some things are just untouchable. It was a valiant effort, but for me, it’s gonna be untouchable.”

Wise words from a very rich man. Ha!

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  • elz

    do yall peep how YN post anything “JAY-Z” or “JAY-Z Related”……get your balls off his drumset nigga !!

  • http://reverbnation.com/ajb4 AJB4

    i wouldn’t want him to touch it no way

  • http://www.thunderkush.blogspot.com/ THUNDERKUSH

    “Wise words from a very rich man. Ha!”

    Why do you have to mention obvious things like that? As if it adds any more credibility to his statement? no offense but it comes across in a very “ass kissing” fashion.

  • Dame Dash

    why didnt Jay say this before they released the remake? lol at jay havin some sweet eyes.

  • MUSIC IS MY DRUG, NO COCAINE NIGGAS

    NICE TO SEE HOV’S POINT OF VIEW. I THOUGHT HE WAS A COCKY, ARROGANT PERSON, BUT HE SEEMS VERY DOWN TO EARTH. LESSON LEARNED = DON’T JUDGE A BOOK MY IT”S COVER.

  • http://www.g-ses.com ses

    J only makes rich and priceless expressions like that!

    G-$es
    To those who ever catch him-Megaplatinum!!!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/fuckkerihilson fuckkerihilson

    i am glad him nor beyonce got on that garbage shit.. it was no reason to remake we are the world

  • t-dub

    its was pointless to remake the song. lets keep it real.

  • Michelle

    I’m not listening o that remake out of protest. I agree with Jay & I’m glad he didn’t take part in that fuckery.

  • EMPIRE STATE OF MIND

    NEW YORK CITY MAKES YOU A HUSTLER. YOU CAN”T SLEEP OR YOU GET JACKED. JAY-Z LEARNED THIS THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE IN THE HARD STREETS OF NYC. WHICH HELPED HIM DEVELOP A BUSINESS MIND FOR SUCCESS. HE TURNED WHAT HE LIVED AND LEARNED INTO A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR CAREER. THIS MAN IS A GENIUS AND LIVING LEGEND.

  • AG 3000

    YN, did u watch the Grammys, he is married to Beyonce, remove yourself from his dick.

  • AG 3000

    Its Valentine’s Day so of course YN has to do a story about his boyfriend, hahaha!!!!

  • miriam zapata

    i agree with him. i was actually wondering why he and beyonce weren’t on this.

  • blaqscorpio

    TRUTH

  • http://www.twitter.com/fuckkerihilson fuckkerihilson

    @AG 3000 – why you gotta be so disrespectful? dont like what he post.. dont read the shit.. Jay Z is the most relevant nicca in hip hop right now.. he brings traffic.. whether you like it or not..

    All Black Errr Thing Bitchesssss.

  • BAPHOMET

    COME ON SON STOP LYING!SON
    HE WANT PUBLICITY FO HIS ALBUM THAT IS WHY HE RELEASES STRANDED BUT IT WAS A FLOOPPP YES A FLOP!
    WE CAN SEE THE JEALOUSY IN THIS STATEMENT! THE REMAKE IS NUMBER 1 ONE SINCE 3 DAYS!

    AND STRANDED IS NOWHERE TO SEE

    MANY HAITIANS WILL BE OFFENDED BY THIS STATEMENT MOTIVATE BY JEALOUSY…CAN’T STOP LAUGHIG
    DESPERATE MOVE…I’M DISAPOINTED JAY I THOUGHT YOU WERE A BETTER MAN.
    ANYWAY KARMA IS A BITCH AND WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND
    HE WILL REGRET THIS

  • http://www.rapradar.caom Ms

    I THINK THEY SHOULD CHANGE “WE ARE THE WORLD 25 FOR HAITI” TO “WE ARE A MESS”

  • Johnny Ringo

    South Park episode for sure!!

  • Theloneus

    Shit. As much as I hate YN’s Jay-z ass kissin, I gotta say hov’s words deterred me from focusing on that. We are the wold should be left untouched. Em and Hov are great artists and they know their potentials. I can’t believe people like Streisand actaully went on a track like that. Fuck Wyclef ruined it with his weird ass cries.

  • Elemer Fudd

    YN, where do we start. *sigh*. uh, can u ever disagree with Jay-z, Stanley?

    That Satanist. ay-z is always all about himself. I feel he is lying. Had he be the first artist on there or somehow it made him look big he would have done it.
    He saw Nipsey & others on there so he felt like it’s not that exclusive or prestigious so he didn’t hope on.
    Easy to see thru him/

  • az5lyrics

    HOV THE TRUTH AND HE IS ALWAYS RIGHT
    HOV THE G.O.A.T
    NOW HATERS NOW KEEP ON HATING

  • appiah

    jay-z is the greatest and haters are made cos he is always honest

  • http://teenagemutantmoviereviews.wordpress.com ssraheem

    We Are the World in the same category with Triller? Sorry Hov, “We don’t believe you you need more people.”

  • Elemer Fudd

    I agree with Baphomet 100%.
    This guys couldn’t see pass his personal view on a mere music that mind you MJ made for Charity purpose, but this ego-maniac only see the musical aspect. SMH

    Mj wold have disagree BIG TIME. He wold say yes if it was MJ who asked him cause it would’ve made him look big.

    You mean you could look pass your opinion and help out the Haitian. You would turn from helping out a nation cause you feel a song?

    This show the song was he did was all about how it benefited him and not Haiti.

  • http://myspace.com/730amazin amazinace

    I AGREE WITH JAY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME,(am I drinking the kool-aid too?)

  • BE

    YN is Jay’s bitch. That is all.

  • jitty

    yo we all kno jay didnt do it cuz he didnt k alllll those rappers were included…it was suppose to b him n em as the only but wen they added faggot waye kiisin men wayne n nipsey hustle n dem cats jay aint tryna collab wit niggaz not his equal…believe dat…dont buy da hype talk

  • lightlycooked

    So…it the remake was all about helping Haiti, then why not make a different song? The original is weakened by this shit-sandwich of a remake. Why is no one questioning Quincy Jones’ and Lionel Richie’s motives for doing the song?

    And for the “record”, Jay-Z has helped in the fund raising efforts for Haiti or did we already forget this fact?

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  • NotoriousRambo

    LOL @ AG

    GREAT CHOICE FOR EM, JAY OR 50 TO NOT BE INCLUDED IN THIS

  • jimmythegent

    dat jacket gotta go jay lmao u got too much money fro that…not even u a millionaire can get away with that b….swaggerless camel….p.s we kno ur ego got in the way nigga…u aint tryna b wit a buncha other rappers on a track u wanna feel special like u got chose out of the rappers solo to do it…dats jay been jay…all yall who his fans he wud spit on yall niggaz…

  • http://teenagemutantmoviereviews.wordpress.com ssraheem

    I also find it funny that a guy who’s rap over dozens of samples is now all of a sudden concerned about the purity of the original song. I a fan Jay but GTFOH!

  • Nonamer

    Yup, arguably the single most voracious biter in all of hip-hop is peeved by the “lack of originality” of a song…I thought Pac’s “Me & My Girlfriend” should’ve been left untouched but I’m neither rich nor famous so it’s nothing but another random, personal opinion..

  • http://lesdaprez.wordpress.com lesdaprez

    Jay-Z is right…

  • wale

    A man has got right to his opinion so why blame jigga….I don’t putting rappers on that song was necessary anyway,it just changed the songs atmosphere…It sounded more like a happy sound rather than an emotionally appealing one.

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  • http://myspace.com/730amazin amazinace

    @Nonamer WORD

  • illaDeuce

    BAPHOMET YOU STUPID BITCH!. Peep game. At the end of the day, what is the overall concensus.. that the song was grade A garbage when comparing it to the classic. Especially with the stupid rap shit, none of the rappers needed to be there, LLs part was LLs part so why was everyone else there when u can only hear LL. PLUS WHY IS NIPPSEY THERE. Will.i.am sounded like a pussy with his girlie `they need us.. they need us“ kanYe and Wayne were the only rappers that deserved to be there. So since it was whack because of that, it`s black and white. Jay is right. If Jay and Em got on that, what would really change.. nada. Why jump on a sinking ship. Jay is involved with the cause for haiti so dont act like turning down the opportunity to get on a shipwreck of a song means hes disrespecting the haitian people u ignorant bitch.

  • jitty

    tupac classic me n my girlfriend? jayz beylnce remake??? fuk outta here camel

  • cecilbaby22

    Man Jay sound like he jus mad he got left off..probaly hatin bc they gave Lil Wayne a part in it and not him…smh….He tried to put it like We are the World and Thriller is in the same Category…cmon bruh…!!!!

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  • homework

    speaking of UNTOUCHABLE, how bout leaving biggies rhymes alone, ms wallace should b the one askin for “700%” for puttin bigs verses on ya’ll records

  • Rachael5922

    I felt like the re-make of We Are the World was an insult to the original artists that created it. Are we that of an uninspired group of musicians that we can not create our own “save these people” song, have our artists just become remakes of remakes of remakes? Original thought is unpopular, and Political Right is now just POPULAR right. I am not supporting this song. I figured that a long time ago. How come when the planes flew into the world tower trade centers people didn’t text money to america to help a recover fund for that area? Why are americans always so generous but the last to recieve help? What have we done to the world to sin so badly that we must constantly give and give, and yet during any hostile conflict we are the ones everyone calls to bail them out. i am tired of america taking care of everyone else!!!!! I WANT AMERICANS TO CARE ABOUT AMERICANS!

  • jimmythegent

    this nigga raps more biggie rhymes than his own rhymes…this nigga remade tupacs me and my girlfriend which was and is a fukin classic! fuk outta here CAMEL FACE

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  • http://threefoureighty.clipz-status.com/ Reasy F.

    Well his choice.

  • http://www.getparadox.com Paradox

    I think he made a good choice.

    Besides that, people in the music business aren’t truly unified anyway. Except for when it comes to publicity stunts like making a “We are the World” remix.

    Paradox

  • http://www.herbiecrichlow.com Herbie Crichlow

    In response to Sean Carter..

    Music is a gift of life..each song attaches itself to a magical or painful memory .If the version of ” We are the world ” contributes to a positive meaningful memory, then I am all for it. I truly respect Jay z`s point of view because that is the nature of the Dance. Freedom to choose . However, what with so many great minds in one room ,The question does arise as to why a new composition could not have been created.

    Personally, I think that To be graced with a life experience whereby I am able to witness this truly monumental occasion twice in one life time .Is an incredible blessing. However

  • the one

    Whoever said MJ would be pissed at Jay for not doing the record… You don’t know what your talking about! For one MJ would never ever redo that record as he knew it was a classic and a moment in time that will never be reproduced. MJ was a talented enough artist that he would have sat down with the powers that be and come up with something just for Hati! Certain things are better off untouched, MJ could have redid any of the Beatles songs if he wanted as he owned the rights but he wouldn’t touch them as he respected the art to much. I’t’s like drawing on a famous painting to enhance it , you just don’t do it! That’s like Mary redoing Stairway to Heaven there will be countless rock fans who will be pissed!