Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Jay Z Gives Fred Hampton Jr Some Time to Shine

"I arrived on the day Fred Hampton died/real n*ggas just multiply.." Jay Z says at the start of his verse on song Murder to Excellence. Its common for the hip hop mogul to mention influentual people in his rhymes.  Jay was referring to his December 4 birthday, that is also the day the Black Panther leader was assassinated by the FBI. I believe anybody who heard it knew it was Jay's normal shout out to someone before him who'd paved the way in some aspect of life, but Mr. Hampton's son, Fred Hampton Jr. is not convinced.

He is quoted by Ruby Hornet as not being too happy with Jay Z's mention of his late father. When asked about it, his reply caught many people off guard;

"Fred Hampton didn't die, He was assassinated. Saying Fred Hampton died is like the school teacher telling students that Christopher Columbus discovered America."

When I read that, I immediately thought..its so funny how people find the slightest opportunity to get a little shine. Seriously Mr. Hampton???? Jay's reference to the former leader of the Black Panthers was in no way a diss of any sort, and neither was it incorrect! It also can not be compared to telling people the falsehood that Columbus discovered America. Whether Mr. Hampton was assassinated or passed on by natural causes- he still died on that day. The bigger picture is that the people who may not have known anything about Fred Hampton Sr. most likely were lead to figure out who he is and what his contribution was because of that line from Jay.smh Hopefully he gets enough press off of this because its honestly the only reason I can understand him saying something so ludicrous.

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