Don't tell me Lupe Fiasco has joined the alt-right.
In some new song he's got out, he complains about "dirty Jews" in the music industry ripping off artists. "Artists getting robbed for their publishing, by dirty Jewish execs who think that it’s alms from the covenant," he raps, in a song called "N.E.R.D."
Someone from the Anti-Defamation League, which is probably made up of people who listen to Lupe Fiasco, somehow got wind of it and issued an official statement, strongly condemning Lupe for his remarks—as if they don't have better things to worry about going into 2017.
And I quote:
"The lyrics about artists being robbed by 'dirty Jewish execs' are offensive. These lyrics reinforce the anti-Semitic myth of Jewish control of the music industry, a stereotype that has been exploited in recent years by well-known hatemongers. It is irresponsible for a recording artist to perpetuate the hateful anti-Semitic stereotype of the 'greedy Jew.' Even if Lupe Fiasco has concerns about exploitation of his artistic output, it’s deplorable to stigmatize an entire group in response. Fiasco has a well-earned reputation as a highly respected hip-hop artist. At a time when there are significant divisions across the country, we are disappointed that he has not chosen to use his platform and voice to promote a more inclusive message."
Indeed, Lupe's remarks were insensitive at best. You know Jewish people are wary of the constantly looming threat of anti-semitism to the point where they don't even like to hear the phrase "Did you eat?" let alone someone being called a dirty Jew. Just because Donald Trump is about to be our next president doesn't mean we shouldn't be concerned with people's feelings.
But there's at least some truth to what Lupe said. The record business is inherently exploitative, regardless of the race of the person who owns your label. The standard recording contract is a scam. You should never sign one, especially if Christmas is coming up and Combat Jack is pressuring you to get it over and done with.
The music industry, like the rest of the entertainment industry, is made up of a disproportionate number of Jewish people, not because Jews naturally gravitate to industries that are based on a scam, but because they were once shut out of a lot of white-collar professions, like finance and the law.
Jews, however, are less apt to criticize white people, who have actually done them harm than they are black people, who haven't done anything at all to them, aside from a few insensitive rap lyrics, for the same reason that black, male media figures aren't willing to disregard Tomi Lahren: we crave acceptance.
Not all money-grubbing record execs are Jewish, and it's wrong to suggest that they are, but you can't find a major label where they're not overrepresented relative to their percentage of the overall population. If you can, I'll give you a free shake in your choice of chocolate or vanilla.
On Twitter, Lupe suggested that ADL should offer ethics courses for record execs, rather than criticizing his lyrics. He also pointed to a few examples of Jewish people he's cool with, which is never a good way to respond to accusations of bigotry. His Twitter has since been locked down, and I notice an article on the controversy, on a site called DJ Booth, has since been removed.
Before his Twitter went private, Lupe had a back and forth with Peter Rosenberg, which resulted in a phone conversation between the two of them.
It's yet to be revealed what was said on this phone call, but any conversation between Rosenberg and an artist carries the implicit threat that the Hot 97 morning show host will lobby the station to stop playing the artist's music. Angela Yee says he's had people blackballed for appearing on the Breakfast Club.
Lupe Fiasco is supposedly done with rap music anyway, so I wonder why he would even give a shit what Peter Rosenberg, or the ADL, thinks. The other day, Lupe said that the two albums he planned to drop this year had been canceled, and that he wouldn't be releasing any more albums.
Granted, he said something like that before the release of his first album. I called BS on it, which led to him threatening to jump off in my ass. Nullus. You can read all about it in my first book, the Mindset of a Champion.