Funkmaster Flex is livid about his perceived lack of assertiveness from Jay-Z amidst George Floyd’s brutal homicide.
After an “official” autopsy stated that George Floyd died from underlying critical illnesses like hypertension and coronary heart disease, the deceased victim’s family ordered a private autopsy of their own which deduced that his death was a result of asphyxiation due to Chauvin kneeling on his neck in a dangerous position for almost 10 minutes. People across the world and particularly in the black community, are outraged by the very incident, not to mention what now appears to be an attempted cover-up.
With tensions high and everyone looking for answers, Funkmaster Flex is rebuking a black man in a position of power for not doing enough in response to the black community’s outcry for justice. According to the Hot 97 radio host, Jay-Z had a heavy hand in how we have gotten to this point in the first place because of his decision to partner with the NFL when he had the opportunity to stand in solidarity with African Americans and boycott the league.
“I’m gonna tell ya how New York City works,” Flex began. “Nobody is going to circle back to him. You know why? Because they are scared of him. They want to ride him all day long. Nobody wants to hold this guy accountable for where we are at right now. And that’s JAY-Z. Because he said we were past kneeling. That’s what he said. When he went to grab that moneybag from the NFL. He did a press conference. With all this goofball sh*t next to him at the press conference. And now somebody died in Minnesota. Somebody put their knee on somebody’s neck. And this guy disappeared.”
Flex then made a prediction about a delayed response from Jay-Z that he doesn’t believe will involve the rapper actually holding anyone “accountable” for where we are. “And I’m gonna tell you how he’s gonna do you all,” he said. “This guy is going to come around in a month. He’s gonna make a documentary and throw ten thousand dollars at the family. Instead, he could have held people accountable. [Why can’t he] take some of that money he got from the NFL right after he sold Colin out … and donate it to the family. The Barclays was lit up, where was he last night?” he asked.
Jay-Z did issue a statement prior to Funkmaster Flex’s outburst saying, “I prevail on every politician, prosecutor and officer in the country to have the courage to do what is right. Have the courage to look at us as humans, dads, brothers, sisters and mothers in pain and look at yourselves.”
The billionaire rap mogul also had a conversation with the governor of Minnesota, Timothy Walz, after which he made another statement about the decisions made, including appointing a black attorney general to the case. “After our very earnest conversation, thank you to Governor Walz for doing what’s right and calling in Attorney General Keith Ellison to take over the George Floyd case,” Jay-Z said in a press release.
“Earlier today, Governor Walz mentioned having a human conversation with me, a dad and a black man in pain. Yes, I am human, a father and a black man in pain and I am not the only one.”
He continued, “Now I, along with an entire country in pain, call upon AG Ellison to do the right thing and prosecute all those responsible for the murder of George Floyd to the fullest extent of the law.” Jay added, “This is just a first step. I am more determined to fight for justice than any fight my would-be oppressors may have.”
No once can know first hand what Jay-Z’s contribution to this ongoing fight for change really entails. However, it is easier for people to support someone who made a public donation of one dollar than someone who made an anonymous donation of one million. If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, did the tree really fall?
Do you agree with Funkmaster Flex that Jay-Z isn’t doing enough, or would we have to wait and see?