As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots — what a shock that he chose black and white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new “urban” home — why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment?Yes, this is dumb and offensive on several levels. (Does a black-and-white color scheme have a racial angle?) It's provoked a roundup of critical responses (as collected by NetsDaily).
Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N------s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B----hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!
Also see responses in the tabloid rival Daily News, which quoted a couple of tweets:
“Just curious if this Mushnick character would say the same if Francis Ford Coppola owned part of a team,” tweeted ESPN “Around the Horn” regular Bomani Jones.
Former Post reporter Paula Froelich, via Twitter, referenced a previous racial furor at the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid: “Sigh. Monkey cartoon, anyone?”
As Sam Anderson wrote in New York Magazine, American Hustlers:
Which brings us to the ethical pickle at the core of the Jay-Z myth. He moves very quickly, in [his book] Decoded, from lamenting the tragedy of the crack epidemic to profiting from it as a dealer—and he never quite makes clear the moral steps that justify that transition. When pushed about his contradictory image, he falls back on “I’m complex.”
Chris Rock used the New York N_____s line a long time ago but he was talking about football. He pointed out that calling washington the redskins was really no different than having a team called the new york n_____s. it was really funny when he said it though.
UPON MY RETURN back east, I pay a visit to Rakim, the humble, soft-spoken introvert with a uniquely dark and mesmerizing voice who is generally regarded as the most influential rapper alive...
Rakim admires Kanye as an artist who can create new beats and rub them up against samples scavenged from 50 years of American popular music...
Yet Rakim is also bothered by the “luxury rap” that Kanye and Jay-Z are promoting. He grew up in a working-class suburban town on Long Island, he tells me, where the first generation of New York rappers, including the likes of Melle Mel and the Cold Crush 4, seemed like impossibly distant and heroic figures. At the same time, he continues, the fantasies they created in their rhymes were shared with their audience, not alienating... Rakim worries that the enormous rift between the rap audience and millionaire rappers who rhyme about Gulfstream jets is robbing the music of inventiveness and joy. “It’s more like, ‘Look what I got’ or ‘You ain’t got what I got’ or ‘You got to get what I got,’” he says. “It’s making the listener a little envious of what’s going on, and it’s almost demeaning.”