Jay-Z Explains ‘We Are The World’ Absence

Published: Sunday 14th Feb 2010 by Sam

Hip-Hop superstar Jay-Z spoke with MTV while at the ‘2 King’ dinner this past Saturday (February 13th) on why he declined an offer to take part in the much-hyped ‘We Are The World 25 (For Haiti)’ remake. The rapper explains, in the video above, that the original should not have been touched, as it’s musical legacy is like that of ‘Thriller’ and can not be rehashed. Interestingly, the 40 year old’s wife Beyonce did not appear either.

While I don’t feel the remake is a patch on the original, I still felt it to be a commendable effort on the part of all those involved. That said, an original song with a similar message may have perhaps been a better option; hence in that guise I see where Mr Carter is coming from.

Do you agree with Jay-Z’s comments?

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  1. Blu majiK February 14, 2010

    What he said is the same thing I thought when hearing the remake.

  2. matt February 14, 2010

    same as lady gaga, who chose to raise awareness of the devastation in haiti through her own sources, and not just jump on the celebrity bandwagon 🙂

  3. LORD HAVE MERCY!! QUIT LETTING JAYZ BLOW BUBBLES UP YOUR B***! February 14, 2010

    BULLCRAP!!!

    Jay-z didnt appear for one reason, and one reason only…He wants to come off as if hes too elite! Anywhere a group of low level artist is, he WONT APPEAR! And he encourages Beyonce to do the same!

    Now,

    If it were Michael Jackson, Prince, Frank Sinatra ect ect All the ELITE people who remade the song PUH LEASE believe he would have been there!

    Jayz is a brander, and hes brands himself a certain way! He did the Haiti telethon only if he would be the ONLY rapper there! And he performed with BONO///Which made him “elite”, or on a higher level than every other rapper…which is always his ultimate goal. Even though he isnt even the best emcee in the business. (NAS proved that) Hes just good at branding himself, so hes stayed relevant.

    The super bowl thing…It makes him elite! Hes branding himself! Beyonce is doing the same thing.

    And im not saying hes wrong for that. Im just saying KEEP IT REAL!

    When have Jayz, or Beyonce EVER cared about being original? When have they EVER been original? Beyonce is a KNOWN copycat! Shes GREAT, but ABSOLOUTLY NOTHING about her is original, OR CREATIVE! ((Most things arent original, but some things are creative! Beyonce and Jayz are NEITHER! But they are still great!)

    So WHY would they care that we are the world wasnt an orginal song if it was for a good cause?

    ITS SIMPLE…

    They want to keep themselves at a higher level than the people involved! If your not elite enough, Jayz is not working with you on something like that!

    Stop letting this man fool yall! Jayz should go into politics cause hes has a great answer for everything. However its complete bullcrap! And anyone who knows anything about the business, or has an open mind knows what I mean!

    Once Again…

    Jay-Z And Beyonce absense has NOTHING to do with the unoriginal song, but it has everything to do with them wanting to stay well above, and be precieved to be above all the artist involved! (Jayz and Beyonce have NEVER cared about originality! So why care now when its for a good cause? SMFH)

    (Same reason he was nad at Lil Mama… It had NOTHING to do with her crashing the stage uninvited! If that were frank sinatra (who hes mimmicking now) Or michael jackson, paul mccartney ect He would have embraced them on stage! Instead, it was nobody lil mam so he was humiliated and felt degraded sharing the stage with such a low level artist. Thats how he gets down!)

    Not saying that arent talented and deserving, but one day yall will wake up to their games. Its a lot of very talented people who ARENT where they are cause they dont operate that way. Its selfishness and greed and wanting to be on “top”. That “KING” complex he has like 50cent said. (who is another d***** bag, but that goes without saying)

    STOP FRONTIN JAYZ!! YOU AND I BOTH KNOW THE REAL REASON YOU DIDNT DO WE ARE THE WORLD! YOU CAN TELL THE REST OF THESE STUPID PEOPLE THAT WHO DONT UNDERSTAND BUSINESS, BRANDING AND MARKETING…BUT YOU CAN TELL SOMEONE THAT WHO HAS LEARNED, AND IS LEARING THE BUSINESS AND HOW YOU, AND YOUR COUNTER PARTS GET TO THE TOP.

  4. @ me February 14, 2010

    LORD HAVE MERCY!! QUIT LETTING JAYZ BLOW BUBBLES UP YOUR B***!
    February 14, 2010 at 7:24 pm
    BULLCRAP!!!

    Jay-z didnt appear for one reason, and one reason only…He wants to come off as if hes too elite! Anywhere a group of low level artist is, he WONT APPEAR! And he encourages Beyonce to do the same!
    _____________________________________________________________________

    Nothing Left to say! lol. It’s true, and Beyonce would have done it but..of course…Jay…NOT saying she is wrong for keeping peace with her husband, but im pretty sure Michael would have LOVEDDDD this version. So Jay is just speaking with his regular arrogance…but whatever, he can do what he wants or whatever he doesn’t want to do, he is grown. He strikes me as the type that thinks he “knows it all”, and can over analyze a situation so much it’s a turn off

  5. Mrs. Darren shellychelle Sharper February 14, 2010

    ^^^^^^ CRAZY^^^^^^^^

    Anywho, I agree with Jay z. The first we are the world was classic and should of never been touched. It should of just been released for downloads.

  6. GeeMan February 14, 2010

    Honestly I feel WATW2.0 was a rushed job but it was a great effort.

  7. @ me February 14, 2010

    ..and on top of that Jayz is acting like they SAMPLED the song or sumthin, it was a remake for a good cause…He’s just feelin’ himself, as always. He did his own song at the benefit, so I guess that was a better choice. Over all, the remake was beautiful, and I feel in my heart Michael would have LOVED it!

  8. Abcd February 14, 2010

    YOU PUT IT PERFECTLY! I AGREE 100000000%

    Jay-z didnt appear for one reason, and one reason only…He wants to come off as if hes too elite! Anywhere a group of low level artist is, he WONT APPEAR! And he encourages Beyonce to do the same!

    Now,

    If it were Michael Jackson, Prince, Frank Sinatra ect ect All the ELITE people who remade the song PUH LEASE believe he would have been there!

    Jayz is a brander, and hes brands himself a certain way! He did the Haiti telethon only if he would be the ONLY rapper there! And he performed with BONO///Which made him “elite”, or on a higher level than every other rapper…which is always his ultimate goal. Even though he isnt even the best emcee in the business. (NAS proved that) Hes just good at branding himself, so hes stayed relevant.

    The super bowl thing…It makes him elite! Hes branding himself! Beyonce is doing the same thing.

    And im not saying hes wrong for that. Im just saying KEEP IT REAL!

    When have Jayz, or Beyonce EVER cared about being original? When have they EVER been original? Beyonce is a KNOWN copycat! Shes GREAT, but ABSOLOUTLY NOTHING about her is original, OR CREATIVE! ((Most things arent original, but some things are creative! Beyonce and Jayz are NEITHER! But they are still great!)

    So WHY would they care that we are the world wasnt an orginal song if it was for a good cause?

    ITS SIMPLE…

    They want to keep themselves at a higher level than the people involved! If your not elite enough, Jayz is not working with you on something like that!

    Stop letting this man fool yall! Jayz should go into politics cause hes has a great answer for everything. However its complete bullcrap! And anyone who knows anything about the business, or has an open mind knows what I mean!

    Once Again…

    Jay-Z And Beyonce absense has NOTHING to do with the unoriginal song, but it has everything to do with them wanting to stay well above, and be precieved to be above all the artist involved! (Jayz and Beyonce have NEVER cared about originality! So why care now when its for a good cause? SMFH)

    (Same reason he was nad at Lil Mama… It had NOTHING to do with her crashing the stage uninvited! If that were frank sinatra (who hes mimmicking now) Or michael jackson, paul mccartney ect He would have embraced them on stage! Instead, it was nobody lil mam so he was humiliated and felt degraded sharing the stage with such a low level artist. Thats how he gets down!)

    Not saying that arent talented and deserving, but one day yall will wake up to their games. Its a lot of very talented people who ARENT where they are cause they dont operate that way. Its selfishness and greed and wanting to be on “top”. That “KING” complex he has like 50cent said. (who is another d***** bag, but that goes without saying)

    STOP FRONTIN JAYZ!! YOU AND I BOTH KNOW THE REAL REASON YOU DIDNT DO WE ARE THE WORLD! YOU CAN TELL THE REST OF THESE STUPID PEOPLE THAT WHO DONT UNDERSTAND BUSINESS, BRANDING AND MARKETING…BUT YOU CAN TELL SOMEONE THAT WHO HAS LEARNED, AND IS LEARING THE BUSINESS AND HOW YOU, AND YOUR COUNTER PARTS GET TO THE TOP.

  9. LORD HAVE MERCY!! QUIT LETTING JAYZ BLOW BUBBLES UP YOUR B***! February 14, 2010

    Ms Darren…

    You are clearly a Beyonce fan, so you WOULD agree with Jay-z. You have a bias! (And im not saying your wrong for that)

    But listen to me. I respect Jayz as an emcee and a business man and I have no bias. I KNOW the business. I know Branding! I know marketing. Im my classes, when we did the music industry Jayz is one person we studied. Jayz has MASTERED branding and so has Beyonce. Thats why they have got to the point they are at. (And im not saying they are wrong, but hear me out. You cant have an opinion on what im saying if u arent educated enough to understand the logic of what im saying.

    -FIRST OFF

    Jay-Z And Beyonce remade BONNIE AND CLYDE. 2pac a deceased rap icon who HATED Jayz at the time of his death because he believe Jayz and Biggies crew had something to do with him being shot.

    A LOT of people were upset at the time he remade that song with a pop star cause it was a classic, and tupac didnt like him! Remember? However he still though it was okay, and went against people and did his song!

    Same thing with Beyonce… She tried to reake one in a million by alliyah and put it on the sasha fierce album. When the rumor got out…Alliyah fans made a petition to stop her cause she was such a huge pop star, and they didnt want her to take that classic away from aaliyah and make it part of her brand. So beyonce didnt remake it.

    We are the world is a classic, not because of the song itself…But because all the great artist of that time came together for a good cause. WHATS WRONG with the fact that 10-20 yrs later every great artist of the current time got together to remake it? If they did it every year! Im sure Michael Jackson woulf have loved it! The other people involved before respected it!

    ITS FOR A GOOD CAUSE!

    Like “ME” said…Jayz tries to over analyze things to death and he makes himself sound dumb to people who have sense and have and open mind. People who dont just accept everything he says cause it comes out of his mouth!

    Once again,

    The lack of originality, or the fact that it is a classic has NOTHING to do with why Jayz and Beyonce wasnt there! They were not there because they are “too elite” to be in the same room with all those people and it NOT BE ALL ABOUT THEM! Get it…They are not entering a situation like that at this point in their career, unless its all about them, or makes THEM standout some how! (e.g jayz doing the haiti telethon, but only if he were the only rapper and up their with LEGENDARY bono?)Or unless they can promote THEMSELVES during it. (e.g Beyonce being the ONLY PERSON to perform her OWN song at the haiti telethon that was conviently nominated for grammys that week!)

    Just like Beyonce filming a 60mins segment MONTHS ago, but making them hold off releasing it until the night of the grammys where she was nominated for 10 grammys…ONCE AGAIN…MAKING THE ENTIRE NIGHT ALL ABOUT HER!

    If you cant get the logic in what im saying, your either close minded about the business, or just chose to be naieve. I could care less! Im just trying to give you some game. Stop letting people blow smoke up your a***.

    Im not saying Jayz and Beyonce are wrong either, but your a fool if you dont realize that the things they do are contrived to say the least, and their responses to critique are like a politicians.

    WAKE UP! Look beyond the surface. The truth is right in your faces!

    ONCE AGAIN…

    When have Jayz and Beyonce EVER cared about originality, or not touvhing classics?

    JAYZ DID IT TO NAS AND TUPAC! (BONNIE AND CLYDE, DEAD PRESIDENTS…JUST TO NAME A FEW)

    BEYONCE DID IT TO ETTA JAMES, TRIED TO DO IT TO AALIYAH, DID IT TO FOSSE, DIANA ROSS.. I CAN GO ON AND ON.

    Im not saying they are wrong either, im just saying they need to keep it REAL about what they do.

    Yall can keep letting jayz and beyonce P*** and say its raining! I know better!

    -GOOD DAY

  10. @ me February 14, 2010

    ^^^^^ EXACTLY

    You know what, that remake was a great thing they did. I can’t deny. Even lil’ wayne made me smirk, and that doesn’t happen often. lol. Jay is just a business man, but he does need to keep it real. Beyonce career may have went up in sales, but her integrity, and her honesty went downhill, she lost her real PASSION for the music IMO when she met Jay z. Im sorry, money doesn’t mean everything.

  11. misty February 14, 2010

    I agree with Jay-Z and said the same thing when they said they would remake it. A classic has been tampered with! Look at how it was touched by the likes of T-Pain, Lil Wayne, Miley Cyrus…oh!!! the list just goes on and on. Donating and spreading the word to donate can be done in many ways and Jay-z, Bey, Lady Gaga and more have done and are doing that. You dont have to be on this track to show you care. Cuz some of these people that were on this track I felt just wanted to be seen…I mean come on! Some of them have been in hiding for years!
    How difficult would it have been to just RECREATE a NEW song?!
    For the fools sayin Jay-z thinks he’s so elite…this is a man that has worked with young artists on his tour and has worked with nameless producers. This is also a man that has been on tour with people he hasn’t been so tight with *R.Kelly, 50 Cent* for his fans. I HIGHLY doubt he didnt wanna be around Justin Bieber and Nicole S lol. And ya’ll KNO he don’t care for T-Pain! Ya’ll grow up

  12. Steffon February 14, 2010

    I can really care less. Everyone is entilted to there own opinion

  13. @ me February 14, 2010

    @ Misty.

    I value your opinion, but to be real with you, no one took the song, sampled it, made it a crazy song or anything like that. Celebs from all genres of music, go together, and did a new version of a song that will never die no matter how many times you remake it.

    Jay Z is a business man, what would it benefit him to do that song with a bunch of other artist where he wouldn’t “stand out”? That’s what he should have said, “I wasn’t a part of that song because I would not stand out, and neither would beyonce with J. Hudson, Celine Dion, etc.”

    Just like “Lawd have mercy” said “Im not saying they are wrong either, im just saying they need to keep it REAL about what they do.

    Yall can keep letting jayz and beyonce P*** and say its raining! I know better!”

    I know better too, The music business is shady, that’s all im saying, and the most sucessful ones are the ones doing the most shady business.

  14. @ me February 14, 2010

    *Got* Together, and did a song for a GREAT CAUSE!

  15. LORD HAVE MERCY!! QUIT LETTING JAYZ BLOW BUBBLES UP YOUR B***! February 14, 2010

    @ MISTY

    FOSSE dance that has been popular on youtube for years is legenadry and classic!

    WHY WOULD BEYONCE TOUCH THAT?

    Why would Beyonce ramake “At Last” and sing it on such an important day in american history? Thats etta james song first. (even though etta got it from someone else) Etta James is iconic for that song.Even if Barack Obama asked her to sing it, why would she take away from someone elses SMALL legacy when she has such a big legacy herself? (beyonce) she should have performed something else. Etta James was even mad.

    Why would Jayz touch classics?

    Jayz is KNOWN in the rap industry for biting other rappers rhymes CONATANTLY in all his music. Rappers didnt respect Jayz for YEARS because Jayz would bite other peoples rhymes and then say he was the best.

    CLASSICS SHOULDNT BE TOUCHED?

    WELL…JAYZ NEEDS TO TELL THAT TO HIMSELF IN THE MIRROR, AND TO HIS WIFE! THEY DO IT CONSTANLY! RATHER THEY ARE COPYING SOMEONS MUSIC, DANCES, OR PERFORMANCES THEY COPY CLASSICS ENDLESSLY! THEY HAVE BUILT THERE CAREER ON IT!

    So, if you believe for one reason thats why Jayz wasnt there..im sorry, your ignorant. (i mean that with all due respect. we all get ignorant at times. im just trying to help you some)

    WE ARE THE WORLD IS A CLASSIC! I AGREE 100000%%%%%%%%%%%

    HOWEVER.

    Its classic, because it was for a good cause and the energy behind it. Its a classic because ALL of the great artist during that time colaborated for a good cause.

    Now, I personally think its RESPECTFUL and WONDERFUL if EVERY 10 YEARS they remade “We are the world” with that times current artist and just kept it a tradition! Thats what they were trying to do. It would have been great if jayz and beyonce got their heads out their own asses and joined the tradition. Im glad Kanye West showed up cause he respected it, and he understand that.

    However,

    I WILL SAY THIS 1 MILLION TIMES…

    JAY-Z AND BEYONCE WIL NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT INVOLVE THEMSELF IN A SITUATION LIKE THAT IF THEY CANT SOME HOW USE IT AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO PROMOTE THEMSELVES, OR MAKE THE SITUATION ALL ABOUT THEM, OR SOME KIND OF STANDOUT FOR THEM! (JUST LIKE THEY DID THE HAITI TELETHON)

    STOP LETTING JAYZ BLOW SMOKE UP YALL ARSES! IM NOT SAYING JAYZ IS WRONG FOR BEING A BUSINESS MAN! I THINK ITS WRONG TO FRONT AND LIE ABOUT WHY HE WASNT APART OF IT!

    I ALSO THINK IT WAS WRONG FOR HIM TO THROW THE WHOLE EVENT UNDER THE BUS BY SAYING HE DOESNT THINK IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN TOUCHED!

    WELL JAYZ…

    I DONT THINK FOSSE SHOULD HAVE BEEN TOUCHED! I DONT THINK BONNIE AND CLYDE SHOULD HAVE BEEN TOUCHED! I DONT THINK YOU SHOULD SAY BIGGIES RHYMES ALL THE TIME FOR WHATEVER REASON YOU USE AS AN EXCUSE! I CAN GO ON AND ON (WHICH I HAVE)

    BUT, ANYONE ON THIS COMMENT WALL WHO HAS SENSE AGREES, OR AT LEAST UNDERSTANDS WHERE IM COMING FROM!

    ANYONE WHO DOESNT, IS CLOSE MINDED AND ONLY BELIEVES WHATS ON THE SURFACE, OR WHATEVER COMES OUT OF JAYZ MOUTH. OR JUST A STAN/FAN IN DENIAL!

    -GOOD DAY

  16. Support jordin February 14, 2010

    I totally agree with him . It was a train wreck for a good cause

  17. X,Y,”and Z” February 14, 2010

    The 40-Y/O-Rapper, goes ‘motoring-by’ in HIS $400K(+) Maybach; I can ALMOST say I liked him better when he sold drugs to pregnant women and “grade-school” Kids! … Oh, did I mention that – JAY Z SOLD Crack – to pregnant women AND “grade-school Kids?” … I’ll “leave” HIS, stabbing THAT record producer as “the-cost-of-doing-business!!”

    …And, as far as, “assaulting-women,” I guess SOME are “so-blessed” with/by P/R and Publicists, that “the-rules-don’t/won’t-apply!” (When you get a chance, that video of him, smacking-up, that ‘poor-defenseless girl’ in South Africa is STILL-YET available via youtube!)

  18. @ me February 14, 2010

    @ x, y, and z

    YOU ARE MY ALL TIME FAVORITE BLOGGER! LOL. Keep em’ coming, and to the comment above you, im with you 100,000% lol…Jay z and Beyonce couldn’t come up with something original if they tried, and when Beyonce comes up with her originals, they are dumb..BOOTYLICIOUS, freekum dress, after freekum dress, need i say more?

  19. LORD HAVE MERCY!! QUIT LETTING JAYZ BLOW BUBBLES UP YOUR B***! February 14, 2010

    @SUPPORT JORDAN

    It was only a train wreck because certain BIG NAME artist were obviously absent,so it felt like it was missing something. I think we all feel that. It would have been better, but it was missing something and that was clearly the biggest people in the busness were not there for some SELF SERVING reason, that ad nothing to do with the song, and cause itself.

    Im not one who thinks Jayz and Beyonce eed to be everywhere, and im NOT just talking about them. Its a lot of big nae artist that werent there that I think should have been. Thats why it was missing something.

    And like I said, the reason they werent there is because they werent going to gain anything from it. They werent going to show off there individual rap talent, or vocal talent. They couldnt promote themselves, or makes themselves stand out so they werent apart of it. It was a self serving reason those people werent there and they KNOW IT! Thats what made we are the world less than stellar. And if thats what they want to do, im not saying they are wrong.

    However, hes WRONG for throwing the event under the bus anf FRONTING about why he wasnt there! There is NOTHING wrong with the idea of remaking we are the world.

    MICHAEL JACKSON WANTED TO!

    Jay-Z and several artist just couldnt gain anything from it. Thats why they werent there. It was down right TACKY of him to throw the whole even under the bus so he can save face! SHAME ON HIM!

    Im sure the stans are coming for me…

    5,4,3,2,1

  20. u wish February 14, 2010

    ummm it didnt take a Jay-Z comment 2 know that the original should not have been touched. The remake wuz wack, the only thing i liked wuz the fact that it wuz all for a good cause.

  21. misty February 14, 2010

    From what I understand, Beyonce PLAYED EttaJames in Cadillac Records, and how can you play Etta without singing her most famous song, “At Last”? I’m sure on any day she would not have just taken it and sung it. And the song is on the soundtrack and NOT on HER albums. Also with the dance, elements were inspired, meaning the vision of 3 people, etc. The whole dance was not taken. That’s the difference.

    And with Jay-Z and all the other rappers, theres a huge difference between sampling and redoing the whole song over again. Sampling you borrow phrases or a beat to pay homage or just mix it to create a new song.

    This song was REDONE not sampled, and MJ was used for like 5 sec. of his own song. I understand and respect where you are coming from though because I thought that it was nice that so many artists wanted to come together and do something for a good cause. But I don’t think people should be called out if they decline because it is a personal choice and people have their personal reasons for it.

    I personally did not want this redone and for MJ to have such a small role in what he helped to create. He was KNOWN for his love for the world and I felt as it being his song it should have just been left alone. I guess if they took the beat and sampled it and remade it with different words I would have felt better about it….
    And the autotune KILLED it for me as well…

  22. LORD HAVE MERCY!! QUIT LETTING JAYZ BLOW BUBBLES UP YOUR B***! February 14, 2010

    @ME

    I got news for you…

    FREEKUM DRESS IS NOT ORIGINAL!!!!

    Martin Lawrence said that in one of his classic comedy routines years ago. He said “Phuck Um Dress” though. Look it up on youtube. She didnt write that, nor did she come up with the concept. Soooo….lol

    And im not saying shes wrong for that, its a LOT of unoriginality out there. Nothing is.

    However, my thing is CREATIVITY! There is a creative way to approach things, and a BASIC way to do things. Beyonce is unoriginal and very BASIC! Her video, is just like the song. Never anything special, or anything we havent seen.

    One thing about rihanna is…though she isnt orginal. Her team always finds a more creative way to promote her things, so it isnt a basic as we expect. Thats a big part of her success.

    Kaney West too. He isnt terribly original (no one is…) but Kanye is creaitve! He doesnt consistantly give you basic the way jayz and beyonce do just to be safe. (e.g the video for flashing lights) thats CREATIVE. Jesus walks CREATIVE. (Feel me?)

    Its not al about originality. Nothing is original anymore. Its more about creativity to me. Like, do you have a mind to do ANYTHING that isnt basic? Or are you always gonna be this predictable? If so, GO AWAY! (lol)

    Lady Gaga…Not terribly original. But she blew up because she was more creative and wasnt afraid to take risk. (im over her now.lol) but you get my drift. Saething with Michael Jackson and Prince.

    Even mariah carey now. She walways sang every song the same. She had to break away and do it her way. Rather she fails, or not. Mariah keeps up with the times and shes makes music the way she wants.

    Beyonce and Jayz- = BASIC COPYCATS (But, thats how they got where they are.lol)

  23. @ me February 14, 2010

    @ LORD HAVE MERCY!! QUIT LETTING JAYZ BLOW BUBBLES UP YOUR B***!

    That’s what the stans do, they attack. Just don’t respond. lol.

  24. @ me February 14, 2010

    @ LORD HAVE MERCY!! QUIT LETTING JAYZ BLOW BUBBLES UP YOUR B***!

    I REMEMBER THAT MARTIN EPISODE TOO! LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOO! MARTIN IS CRAZY. YEA IM DONE, BEYONCE HAS NO CREATIVE BONE IN HER BODY! LOL…AND EVEN THAT SWEET DREAMS VIDEO, IS GARETH PUGH’S 2009 FALL COLLECTION! LMAO! THAT CHICK, WILL NEVER BE A LEGEND TILL SHE COMES UP WITH SOMETHING ORIGINAL!

  25. LORD HAVE MERCY!! QUIT LETTING JAYZ BLOW BUBBLES UP YOUR B***! February 14, 2010

    @MISTY

    Hunay, you dont understand what I mean judging by your response. So its no need for us to go back in forth. Its not about the movie or the remake. Its about the performance on such a big day. Beyonce is a large brand. Her doing something like that has the potential to obsolete Etta James who had such a small brand. Thats why etta was mad. And I personally DONT have a real opinion on that. I dont care. Im just making a point, that Jayz and Beyonce touch classics ALL THE TIME people have been against it.

    It is NOT a difference is Jayz samples a legendary rapper, makes one of his classic hiphop records a POP song with a big POP star and take away from his legacy. That DID MATTER to some tupac fans and some people on the west coast. ESPECIALLY since tupac DID NOT LIKE JAYZ AT ALL when he died! He died believing that Biggie and his crew (jayz ect) tried to have him killed. His fans and people werent for that. So to many jayz was wrong! Did jayz care? NO! He STILL took the song and used it as an opportinuty to promote his relatioship with Beyonce and submerge somthing great of tupcas into his own brand.

    Again,

    me and you can have this debate when you learn about marketing and branding and how things are done. (dont take that as disrespect) but if you dont understand underhanded branding you will never get what I mean. Its gonna sound like lunacy to you.

    I stand by my position…

    JAY-Z AND BEYONCE OF ALL PEOPLE HAVE ABSOLOUTLY NO RIGHT TO CALL SOMEONE OUT FOR TOUCHING A CLASSIC! THEY OF ALL PEOPLE SHOULD NO BETTER! THEY HAVE NO RIGHT TO SAY “AN ORIGINAL SHOULDNT BE TOUCHED! THEY DO IT ALL THE TIME AND ANGER PEOPLE! HOW DARE JAYZ FIX HIS FAT LIPS TO SAY THAT! BULLCRAP! HE JUST NEEDED A CONVINCING EXCUSE FOR WHY HE WASNT THEE THAT WASNT GOING TO MAKE HIM LOOK BAD, SO HE THREW THE ENTIRE EVENT UNDER THE BUS. SHAME ON HIM!

  26. Mrs. Darren shellychelle Sharper February 14, 2010

    @LORD HAVE MERCY!! QUIT LETTING JAYZ BLOW BUBBLES UP YOUR B***!

    I am not being bias! Just b/c i am a beyonce fan doesnt mean I automatically like Jay z. and I was speaking the truth. It shouldnt have been touched. Did you see the outcome of it? TRASH!!! who would want to be apart of that? it’s embarrasing when you compare the original to the one we have today.

  27. @ me February 14, 2010

    ^ Im sorry but that’s your opinion. I thinks it was very nice, it was a mix of all sounds, it was wonderful. Im sure Michael Jackson would have loved it. Hell even Lionel Richie arranged it, and he was there for the original, If he felt the classic shoudln’t have been touched, he would have never let it happen..But obviously, he understood the cause.

    I tell you, Even when people do sumthing positive, someone will find a REASON to be negative.

    *singing*

    WE ARE THE WORLD….WE ARE THE CHILDREN! *WAVING MY HANDS…lol.

  28. LORD HAVE MERCY!! QUIT LETTING JAYZ BLOW BUBBLES UP YOUR B***! February 14, 2010

    AGREED!!!! @ ME^^^^^^^^^^

    WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL? IT CANT BE BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL! WHAT DOES BETTER HAVE TO DO WITH IT?

    ITS FOR A GOOD CAUSE! YOU SHOULD BE THINKING THIS WAS NICE, ITS FOR A GREAT CAUSE. I HOPE THIS HELPS.

    NOT..

    THIS ISNT BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL. IT SHOULDNT HAVE BEEN TOUCHED. WTF? WHO THINKS LIKE THAT IN A TRAGEDY? LOL (ONLY SUPERFICIAL SELF CENTERED PEOPLE WHO ARE ALL ABOUT IMAGE)

    PS DARREN: I bet ANY amount of money…If beyonce would have been there. Your comment would have been positive, or look how cute beyonce and jayz looked, or beyonce sounder good. ect. That would have been your response. She wasnt there, so you didnt have your idol to talk about, so you picked it apart. It wouldnt have bee trash if beyonce were there, would it have been? lol But even if it was still. You wouldnt have said that…would you had? I think not. Which further proves my point.

    This is not about being trash ect.

    This was about celebs getting together to support a good cause. I thought they did a great job aside from the fact that a few big name celebs were obviously missing for their own self serving reasons.

    -good day

  29. Tami February 14, 2010

    I agree with some people. A lot of higher up artist were missing Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Beyonce. But I don’t blame them for not wanting to join you had people like Fonzeworth Bentley there this guy holds puff daddy’s umbrella for a living. With these no name brand artist I truly believe they should of left the original alone. But I know they did it for a good cause to raise money for Haiti so at least their hearts were in the right place.

  30. LORD HAVE MERCY!! QUIT LETTING JAYZ BLOW BUBBLES UP YOUR B***! February 14, 2010

    MY POINT IS..

    NO ONE should have been thinking about their brand at all! They should have been thinking about the good cause. This tribute was wonderful! The ONLY thing it lacked was the ARROGANT top celebrities who think they are too elite, or too good to support a good cause cause low level people are on it.

    There were low level people on the original, and icons like MJ and Diana ross. EVERYONE came together for a good cause and EVERYONE should have come together again. This was not made to one up the original. It was made to support a good cause and pay HOMAGE to the original. Thats what people arent getting.

    THE ONLY THING THAT WA WRONG WITH IT, WAS THAT THE OBVIOUS BIG NAES IN THE BUSINESS REFUSED TO BE APART OF IT.

    Thats what hurt it. The reason WHY they wouldnt be apart of it is NOT because they think the original was too good to be touched, but because they didnt want to be connected to the other people in the room. It doesnt benefit them, so they didnt do it! SHAME ON THEM

    WHY DO PEOPLE KEEP SAYING THEY SHOULD HAVE LEFT THE ORIGINAL ALONE?

    THEY DID!

    Its still there! Its the same song, with the new generation. I think its a great idea!Nothing can take away from the orginal, and they werent trying to. They were paying homage! The only problem is, the big name artist of THIS generation arent as HUMBLE as Michael Jackson and the others were. They’re too busy “branding” themselves to do something that isnt self serving! SHAME ON THEM!

    This failed ONLY cause people like Jay-z and Beyonce ect werent humble enough to join in for a good cause.If the other big names had been their, this would have been excellent.

    Jyaz is just throwing an excuse out there cause he knows it was tacky for him to be absent for his own self serving purpose, so he had to thow the entire event under the bus to help himself save face. SHAME ON HIM

  31. Y.O. aka Kbelize February 14, 2010

    @LORD HAVE MERCY!! QUIT LETTING JAYZ BLOW BUBBLES UP YOUR B***!

    Why didnt MJ re-do it when he was alive then? Why go backwards? Michael wouldnt have done it either no matter what you think. When has Michael ever wanted to remake & Quincy Jones turned his back on MJ so he wou;d’ve never done it again! And its also funny how, everyone is so sick of Beyonce but when she wasnt apart of this Wack ass remake, all of yall are bitching! LMFAO! Make up your mind!

  32. Corey February 14, 2010

    This “Lord have mercy person” is absolutely nuts! Nothing he has makes any sense whatsoever! Artists remake and redo other artists songs ALL THE DAMN TIME! This is nothing new…Aretha’s RESPECT was done by another artist…Micheal redid “Come together” Diana Ross redid “Why do folls fall in love”, I will survive and thousands others. Whitney redid “I will always love you” and Even Etta James redid “At last”…Come on dude, get some credible information somewhere else.

    ALL ARTISTS emulate someone or draw inspiration from the legends who came before them. i.e. Micheal was inspired by James Brown and Sammy davis Jr. It is a constant recycle.

    Beyonce is a true artist whether you believe it or not and everytime the “HATERS” count her out..she rises even further and continues to S*** ALL OVER THE INDUSTRY (as proven with her now legendary 6 grammys in one night)! She is also the only the fifth artsit and the ONLY FEMALE artist to win the International Artist Award of Excellence!

    She is a f****** living legend! Believe that!

    And you and nobody else can take that from her. She makes more money than all these other artists because she knows who she is as a person. If she really were all ass and no talent and no creativity like you say then she would have disappeared a long time ago buddy! But Beyonce is creeping upon nearly 15 YEARS IN THIS INDUSTRY!

    15 YEARS AT THE TOP!

    F*** WITH IT!

  33. Y.O. aka Kbelize February 14, 2010

    LORD HAVE MERCY!! QUIT LETTING JAYZ BLOW BUBBLES UP YOUR B***!

    And why are you singling out Jay-Z….becuz he said something? Alicia Keys wasnt there, Gaga, Rihanna, Mariah, Whitney, none of them were there! But becuase Jay was asked about & gave his honest opinion, here you go writing essays singling him out. The song was 50% autotune anyway but hey, Whatever makes you happy LOL!

  34. sugar February 14, 2010

    i think he needs to go to his concubine rih and chill there FOREVER

  35. misty February 14, 2010

    I dont think I would have to learn anything about marketig and branding. It is about preference.

    Beyonce did not beg to perform at the Inauguration. She was requested. And that song happened to be the song she was promoting at the time and happened to also be the 1st lady and President’s song of choice. Beyonce was obviously requested to do so because she was the last person to sing the song and revive it. If she hadn’t, trust they would’ve found another singer to do it, etta wouldn’t have because Etta really hadn’t been out doing anything before. And Etta was mad at the President as well, not just Beyonce.

  36. lily February 14, 2010

    Jay-z looks cute with that play symbol shading a bit of his face. I think Jay-z thinks he’s too Brooklyn to 1. be standing up singing in a group 2. standing in a group that ranges from disney to d-list to justin beiber and miley (it’s for a good cause put folks are cruel and would turn that image against him-I would even say look at this fake sucka). 3. He don’t give a dang about a classic being touched, he lies so often, had beyonce been asked to do it alone he would have dropped her off and did a few grunts and un’s on the track and said some bull about how it ‘s an honor and how Michael would have been proud. Jay-z go to hell with your naked wife and slutty naked Rih-Rih both selling s** in the disguise of music.

  37. MOOOO February 14, 2010

    I TOTALLY AGREE IT WAS COMPLETE B.S

  38. B stan February 15, 2010

    BEYONCE # 1 BILLBOARD DANCE/ CLUB HIT “WHY DONT U LOVE ME”

    SHE GOT THAT HIT BASED ON SALES

    BEY IS THE QUEEN, SO SHUT UP HATERS

    BEY AND JAY RUN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

  39. Gdouble February 15, 2010

    I agree with Jay-Z if you listen closely he’s really saying some classics shouldn’t be touched not all classics. Some songs are just to big for people to do a remix of & dub it just as good. If MJ was still alive I bet he would write a new song for haiti. Like Jay said, they could of wrote different lyrics he never said they shouldn’t do a song at all.@ “LORD HAVE MERCY!! QUIT LETTING JAYZ BLOW BUBBLES UP YOUR B***!” your all over the comment section its not that deep…..ever

  40. Aryo February 15, 2010

    Who the F*** Jayz thinks he is saying this song shouldn’t have been touched?????

    @Misty
    UR comments were making me happy at first cuz I’m a f***** bey-jay hater but when U said Jay didnt wanna be around Justin Bieber and Nicole S
    WTF
    I’m a big Nicole fan and U shoulda thought that there maybe a Nicole or justin bieber fan (I’m not a fan of him tho)
    plz don’t say anything against her cuz it makes me angryyyyyy

  41. Alex February 15, 2010

    After hearing the remake…hell yes I agree with Jay

  42. Pinkpop February 15, 2010

    gosh @ LORD HAVE MERCY!! QUIT LETTING JAYZ BLOW BUBBLES UP YOUR B***!

    you really got issues with jay and beyonce.
    but you’re busy at least… everyone saying I UNDERSTAND JAY gets an
    overlong answer why you think they shouldn’t understand him.
    wow, and in your classes you really literally spit on jay and beyonce it seems.
    for real, you’re taking thing too far.
    If one would be mean you could claim all the artists who worked on WATW25 for branding themselves…to get more attention…. though I’m sure NOBODY did it for that cause.

  43. antertain February 15, 2010

    MOST PEOPLE QUESTIONED IT and now it’s proven.

    I wasn’t even overly concerned with the leads of Justin B & Miley C (she’s huge in the U.S so sort of made sense), but WYCLEF superly over did it.
    Auto-tune T-Pain on a lead errrm?

    The array of talented rappers in there really needed to come together and make their own tribute rather than be on it. Kanye was the only one who suited the track.

    Jay-Z is right! Yes great effort and only thought of from the heart but this is not the version people will be turning to in years to come.

    WE ARE THE WORLD 2.0 WILL STILL BE MASSIVE AND DO WELL NO MATTER OF OPIONS, BUT THAT’S DUE TO HAITI, NOT THE SINGERS, WHICH IS ULTIMATELY WHAT MATTERS THE MOST.

  44. ayuki February 15, 2010

    LORD HAVE MERCY!! QUIT LETTING JAYZ BLOW BUBBLES UP YOUR B***!
    JUST SHUT UP!
    WE DONT NEEDA HEAR WHAT YOU THINK!
    BEYONCE AND JAYZ ARE A COUPLE WHO DEFENDS EACH OTHER.
    YOUR NOTHING! DONT BRING UP BEYONCE SAYING SHES A COPYCAT! WHEN ALL HER OWN STYLE IS UNIQUE! AND SHE BRINGS EVERYTHING TO THE NEXT LEVEL!
    YOUR NOTHING TO THEM! YHOUR JUST A DAMN FKCING HATER!
    SO FCK OFFFFFF! B****! THEY BRAND THEMSELVES BECAUSE, WHO DOESNT WANNA. THERE CELEBS, THATS BASICALLY EVERY CELEBS JOB!
    WTF! THATS STUPID!???? YOUR A R*****! THERE AWESOME! AND WHOEVER FCKING DISAGREE! FCK OFFF! THERE AWESOME, AND WE NEED MORE PEOPLE LIKE THEM!
    THEY DONT MAKE DRAMA! THEY HAVE THEIR LIFES! THEY HAVE GOALS!
    AND NO ONE CAN STOP THEM!

  45. X,Y,”and Z” February 15, 2010

    Looks like someone ^^^^ is about to get some paper!!

  46. HJNJ February 15, 2010

    I see some of yall are Jockin Jay Z! Let him do him, damn! If he didn’t want to do the song he didn’t have to do it. WTF

    Why is Beyonce even being brought up! Damn, leave the girl alone, because we all know she is damned if she do and damned if she don’t.

  47. Lakstar February 15, 2010

    i understand what he means but its for a good cause so someone should get off their lazy a*** and come up with something new or they should just take part!

    also where the heck was lady gaga, chris brown, rihanna etc

    theres alot of big names that would have made it good if they were in it.

  48. Aryo February 15, 2010

    @AYUKI
    U deserve to be a bey fan, losa

  49. MISSY February 15, 2010

    I’M GLAD BEYONCE WASNT THERE I’M SO SICK OF HER. PEOPLE TRY TO ACT LIKE SHES THE BEST THING SINCE MJ AND SHE IS NOT EVEN MAKING REAL MUSIC . HER SONGS ARE CHILDISH AND SHES ALWAYS SELLING S** TO REACH FANS. THATS WHY I’M HAPPY SHE HAS THIS NEW LAWSUIT WITH RICO AND HER CLOTHING LINE SHES SO FAKE AND HER INTERVIEWS ARE JUST FAKE AS HELL JAY Z ALSO OWES 52 MILLION THEY ARE GOING BROKE KARMA IS A B****

  50. MISSY February 15, 2010

    BEYONCE IS THE MOST FAKE B**** IN THE INDUSTRY I WOYLD NEVER BUY HER CDS GO TO UTUBE WATCH BEYONCE VS FANTASIA AND JAZMINE SULLIVAN

  51. chianne February 15, 2010

    Why is everyone so negative? I kinda respected Jay’s opinion – to me it came across sincerely and clearly He didn’t ‘throw the thing under a bus.’ He showed appreciation for the effort and focused on the overall cause (not many people commenting here are focused on that).

    He just had a different opinion about the keeping original or doing remake. He didn’t feel for the re-make, so he didn’t do it. And he didn’t really FIT because he IS so big and the thing was about a group. Kanye, LilWayne, Jamie, Trey, Mary Blige, were there – they are at the top, but they blended. JayzZ doesn’t have to “play” big – its a fact.

    My 2 cents is that Justin Beiber (gag) should have been replaced by CHRIS BROWN, and SCREW the JayZ/Rihanna camp!! We don’t WANT them everywhere!!

  52. LORD HAVE MERCY!! QUIT LETTING JAYZ BLOW BUBBLES UP YOUR B***! February 15, 2010

    LIKE IS SAID…

    If you dont understand where im coming from, then you are ignorant, or just a stan!

    I said several times in my post, I have NOTHING against Jayz, or Beyonce! I think they are GREAT! I said that several times! So where do you get off saying I have serious issues with them? STFU!

    Im saying, Jayz and Beyonce didnt participate in we are the world cause it wasnt good business for them. Not because the original shouldnt have been touched like he said. There are LOTS od originals (raps, and songs, dances ect) that Jayz and Beyonce have BOTH TOUCHED that people have been against! So his excuse that the “classic” should not have been touched is bullcrap! I stand by what I said! Your just a fan, im a realist with an open mind. U will never understand!

  53. sisi February 15, 2010

    f*** jay z devil worshippin ass and his robot wife, rhianna, kanye, and gaga too! let them b****** burn in hell! HOW U LIKE THEM APPLES?

  54. YouPutTheLimeInTheCoconut February 15, 2010

    ^^ The juiciest apple I’ve EVER eaten, LOL!

  55. @ me February 15, 2010

    @ Bobby from Bulgaria

    It just doesn’t end with this chick, She just continues to copy people like can’t come up with anything of her own. I really can’t understand this. Im sorry. I was once a die hard beyonce fan, now im just disappointed.

  56. V February 15, 2010

    Beyonce was on tour in Brazil

  57. V February 15, 2010

    And also the tribute sucked! the original was much better, they had all these artists and they didnt organize them properly, the producer should be shot!

  58. here to laugh February 15, 2010

    I kinda agree with the Don’t Let Jay-Z blow bubbles… poster. I have noticed that Jay-Z and Beyonce only tend to associate themselves with things where they stand out or are awarded for something. I’m sure im not the pnly person that noticed that Jay and Bey only attend shows like the Grammys and the BET Awards only if they are going to recieve something.
    And I also agree with what that psoter said about how if Jay and Beyonce had been on the track, people like SHelleyChelle would have a completely different opinion. They would try to talk about how great the remake was because they are STANS. I partially blame them for the lack of maturity in Beyonce’s music (and i actually like Beyonce, i just know how to be a fan and not a stan). They praise everything she does and calls everybody haters if they don’t like it. Why would Beyonce improve her music if they are just gonna praise everything she does no matter what, even if it is garbage?

  59. @ me February 15, 2010

    @ HERE TO LAUGH

    I AGREE! It’s sad too, they say that these type of celebs will remain, and they will b/c of the stans, but when ppl do shady business, they only last but for so long. I always heard ppl say God will do way worse than what we could ever do.

  60. Truthwillprevail February 15, 2010

    whatever jay

  61. Symone February 15, 2010

    Jay- Z overestimates his own relevance.

    It’s evident that he cares nothing about any given situation unless he benefits personally and that includes who he decided to marry……I bet many of you did not know that he was really in love with “Aaliyah” and that is what caused that rift between he and Dash……

    Beyonce is a really sweet woman and she is a great entertainer .The problem with Beyonce is that she is CONTROLLED by Jay- Z .Beyonce is a very INSECURE woman that feels that she need to be led and unfortunately she chose a shady character to lead her.Since she married that guy,she has totally retreated to a weak woman. Beyonce never addresses people like that old drunk woman Etta James who from what I ‘d been told did not own the song that Beyonce sung.A group first sung the song in 1940 from what I read and have been told.

    Jay- Z is a fake.Someone said that “Beyonce and Jay-Z runs the industry”,that is so not true! Beyonce makes massive money FOR the industry,that’s the difference.Jay- Z is just married to her.Beyonce allowed that trifling hubby of hers to use her along with himself in threatening BET in not allowing Chris Brown to perform for the tribute to Michael Jackson and when that info leaked,he made weak denials and deferred to BET to take the fall for it!

  62. Expose’ February 15, 2010

    I AM SO GLAD TO SEE ALL YOU ON HERE WHO CAN SEE THROUGH BEYONCE AND JAY-Z’S SHADY SCANDALOUS BUSINESS THAT THEY’RE ALWAYS PULLING. I TELL YOU, THEY ARE SO CROOKED IT’S NOT FUNNY. THOSE PEOPLE ARE MONEY HUNGRY AND WILL KILL THEIR MOTHERS FOR A DOLLAR. IT’S TERRIBLE HOW THEY OPERATE THESE DAYS IN THAT BUSINESS. JAY-Z IS JUST MAD BECAUSE BEYAWNCE’S STANK B*** DIDN’T GET IN ON IT AND HE WASN’T INVITED…WHETHER THE SONG WAS GREAT OR NOT, IT’S ABOUT RAISING MONEY FOR THE VICTIMS OF HAITI. I BET IF IT WAS RAISING MONEY TO HIT THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS IT WOULD BE A WHOLE DIFFERENT STORY. I CANNOT STAND THOSE TWO..THEY’RE RIDICULOUS. BUT I KID U NOT, IT WILL ALL COME OUT AND THEY’LL BE EXPOSED. EVERYBODY IS TIRED OF IT…AND ARE BEGINNING TO SEE THRU ALL THE GLIMMER GLAMMOR PERFECT IMAGES THEY PUT ON. FOR BEYAWNCE, I WONDER HOW IT FEELS TO HAVE ALL YOUR SUCCESS PAID FOR BY YOUR FATHER AND YOUR BUSINESS PARTNER/WANNABE HUSBAND JAY-Z. THAT MUST REALLY BE A HARD PILL TO SWALLOW AT THE END OF THE DAY. THINK ABOUT IT, ALL THAT SUCCESS DON’T MEAN ANYTHING IF IT DOESN’T COME NATURALLY. THAT VOID WILL ALWAYS REMAIN IN HER LIFE AND IT’S A SAD THING. THAT’S ANOTHER REASON WHY SHE’S BEEN LOOKING EIGHTY YEARS OLD TOO…ALL THAT DIRT MAKES U LOOK TERRIBLE..OH AND LET’S NOT FORGET JAY-Z..THAT CHILD LOOKS BAD! ALL THAT MONEY AND THEY’RE RUNNING AROUND LOOKING LIKE THEY DO…SEE, IT’S THAT DIRT..YOU CAN’T HIDE IT..IT WILL DEFINITELY SHOW. DON’T WORRY EVERYBODY, THEY’LL GET THERE’S…NO ONE’S EXEMPT FROM PAY-BACK TIME WHEN YOU DO DIRT.

  63. Truthwillprevail February 15, 2010

    @ Expose’

    I think that is true. People want to put these people higher then they should be. People like Michael Jackson truly loved his fans (but of course, he was weird for that.) It’s sad. Beyonce does nothing for her fans. She does this for herself. Jay Z could care less about anyone. He has the nerve to talk about Chris Brown, when he was mushing a girl like she was some dude on the street. The Bible says you reap what you sew, whatever you do to others will come back to you. All the bad seeds we sew in life, we all will reap them. No one is excluded.

    Beyonce started off with a great passion for her music. She even had gospel songs on her albums, now she seems to have fallen’ short(we all do). I think if you are a christian, you should pray for her because sin takes you farther then you wanted to go, it makes you pay more than you wanted to pay, AND MAKES YOU STAY LONGER THEN YOU WANTED TO STAY. Sometimes when we get GREEDY you can lose yourself, and I believe she has. There is nothing wrong with singing, but don’t get to the point where you can’t even identify who you are anymore(SASHA FIERCE). Im not even gonna get on Jay Z, he has been having spiritual Battles as long as I could remember.

    Pray for them, instead of bashing them. They know they do shady business. Beyonce knows somewhere deep in her heart that she doesn’t deserve half of the awards she has, but in time, she will come to really understand, and know who she is. I just hope it’s before it’s too late–Pride comes before the fall. Stealing from other people, lying to your fans, always has a way of being exposed-Remember Milly Vanilly, or however you spell it lol, they got exposed in a way NO ONE will ever forget. ..Beyonce and Jay z better be careful, AS WELL as everyone else doing shady business.

  64. Truthwillprevail February 15, 2010

    No one knows this but Letoya Luckett was supposed to perform at the Grammy’s. Beyonce’s TEAM, not BEYONCE, but her team had it to where if Letoya performed, Beyonce would not. I think that was dead wrong, but that’s how the business is-Shady. Trust ME, I know, and I want to warn others about it!

  65. Truthwillprevail February 15, 2010

    To the comment above, yes Jay z was in love with Aaliyah. Damon Dash tried to put out a movie on the truth about him and Jay, but it didn’t work out. You can youtube it tho.

    The Truth will Prevail.

  66. dogson taylor February 15, 2010

    the song is unique,perfect. no doubt about dat.jay z u have your opinion,but you should have keep it to yourself,i mean you can stand side with the likes of quincy jones,lionel richie,celine for there efforts,dont dent your image becos u want to make name,everysong today is been remake,and dats what music all about ,presentation.jay z i like u,but lower your ego.and stay on the line.

  67. вeяячℓiσuѕ вeα February 15, 2010

    and i thought i was the only one who thought it didn’t had to be remade

  68. www.jaxsprats.com February 15, 2010

    The original is a classic, a newer version could of been written and produced by quincy,lionel, and clef to reflect Haiti exclusively and still be a hit…It’s a postive effort but feel it was rushed….waiting for the remix

  69. www.jaxsprats.com February 15, 2010

    Support Haitian Art, Music, and literature keep their spirit and culture alive

  70. Nia February 16, 2010

    What the F*** with the long ass essays? S*** is ridic.

  71. Victoria Mary Stong / Civil Rights Activist February 16, 2010

    With all due respect to Beyonce and Jay Z; I feel they were wrong not to contribute and participate in the remake of “We Are The World”. I can understand their point, but I don’t think THEY get the point. “We Are The World” I believe was to go through the years with constant remakes with new Artists being able to contribute with legends to new catistrophic crisis to raise money. I believe it’s a song that should continually change voices only to reflect the worlds new voices & efforts of Humanitarianism. I believe Beyonce and Jay Z mean well, but just don’t get they need to be in the ever changing voices to represent major Artists Community spirit. I just hope this will be the last time Recording Artists back off of joining the “We Are The World” Family. I want us all to be in harmony and peace together. Humanity needs all of us TOGETHER!

  72. Victoria Mary Stong / Civil Rights Activist February 16, 2010

    “NIA”: God blesses people with literacy so that they use it for communication to entertain,enlighten and educate the world. Some abuse it obvioulsly, but that is NOT the case here. I love long “essays” as long as they have something intelligent to say or otherwise helpful. You should complain when Rappers use exploitative and disrespectful language against women or like the N word instead(with all due respect,of course)!

  73. Victoria Mary Stong / Civil Rights Activist February 16, 2010

    Correction: obviously, not “obvioulsly”.

  74. X,Y,”and Z” February 16, 2010

    I find EVERYTHING ’bout Jay Z to be offensive, awkward and contrived! Jay Z sold drugs to pregnant women and grade-school kids; he assaulted that South African girl – which was taped, and is readily available on the ‘net! He assaulted (stabbed) that record producer in the belly!

    Beenie Siegel, Jay Z’s ‘X RIGHT-HAND-MAN’, went on a Philly radio show hosted by DJ ‘Charlamaignthagod.’ Beenie ‘called-Jay Z-out’: revealing some VERY-disturbing facts ’bout Jay Z’s past/past-business-dealings/his-past-“relationship” with law-enforcement and some, possibly, damaging-details ’bout he and Beyonce! …It made for “GREAT-RADIO” – the VERY-NEXT-DAY, that said DJ, ‘Charlamaignthagod’, was fired from tTHAT said Philly Radio Station!

    “Tha Game” recently had a “beef” with Jay Z; “Game,” while in Europe, ‘went-in’ on Jay Z, AND BEYONCE – hey, it’s a “dis-beef”: “All is fair-game!” Not too long after, “Game” lost some of HIS endorsement deals! Let’s NOT even-talk ’bout Jay Z’s part in NOT-HAVING Chris Brown performing at that BET MJ awards/tribute!

    There is a pattern here; “50 Cents” was right ’bout Jay Z – he too ‘called HIM out’! Jay Z is FAST-loosing any-at-all “street-credibility”: HIS fan-base is NOW mostly the mainstream! While this, for the moment, may be great for CD sales, it’s ultimately – the kiss-of-death for an ‘artist’ – such as he! I hope to spread-the-word ’bout Jay Z! I hope to ‘instill-in-him’ the fear HE must have felt when hearing his “X-Right-Hand-Man,” reveal-to-the-world, just how much of a fake, fraud and “unreal” Jay Z REALLY IS!

    …”First Rihanna” ;THEN, Jay Z….”much-work” to be done…

    X,Y,”and Z” — OUT!

  75. X,Y,”and Z” February 16, 2010

    I find EVERYTHING ’bout Jay Z to be offensive, awkward and contrived! Jay Z sold drugs to pregnant women and grade-school kids; he assaulted that South African girl – which was taped, and is readily available on the ‘net! He assaulted (stabbed) that record producer in the belly!
    Beenie Siegel, Jay Z’s ‘X RIGHT-HAND-MAN’, went on a Philly radio show hosted by DJ ‘Charlamaignthagod.’ Beenie ‘called-Jay Z-out’: revealing some VERY-disturbing facts ’bout Jay Z’s past/past-business-dealings/his-past-“relationship” with law-enforcement and some, possibly, damaging-details ’bout he and Beyonce! …It made for “GREAT-RADIO” – the VERY-NEXT-DAY, that said DJ, ‘Charlamaignthagod’, was fired from tTHAT said Philly Radio Station!

    “Tha Game” recently had a “beef” with Jay Z; “Game,” while in Europe, ‘went-in’ on Jay Z, AND BEYONCE – hey, it’s a “dis-beef”: “All is fair-game!” Not too long after, “Game” lost some of HIS endorsement deals! Let’s NOT even-talk ’bout Jay Z’s part in NOT-HAVING Chris Brown performing at that BET MJ awards/tribute!

    There is a pattern here; “50 Cents” was right ’bout Jay Z – he too ‘called HIM out’! Jay Z is FAST-loosing any-at-all “street-credibility”: HIS fan-base is NOW mostly the mainstream! While this, for the moment, may be great for CD sales, it’s ultimately – the kiss-of-death for an ‘artist’ – such as he! I hope to spread-the-word ’bout Jay Z! I hope to ‘instill-in-him’ the fear HE must have felt when hearing his “X-Right-Hand-Man,” reveal-to-the-world, just how much of a fake, fraud and “unreal” Jay Z REALLY IS!

    …”First Rihanna” ;THEN, Jay Z….”much-work” to be done…
    X,Y,”and Z” — OUT!

  76. Renae February 16, 2010

    Its a remake, which means it will be different, and its for a good cause. Who cares what JayZ thinks, who made him a music critic. I mean JayZ also thinks him and Bey are better than most, but that isn’t true either.

  77. Truthwillprevail February 16, 2010

    They even posted this on Yahoo about Jay z. This man thinks he is higher then others. It’s sad but it needs to stop. The Bible teaches us we are told about the consequences of pride. Proverbs 16:18-19 tells us that “pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.”

  78. X,Y,”and Z” February 16, 2010

    I mean, can they ALL be telling lies? Everyone who had ‘close-dealings’ with Jay Z has ‘shortly-thereafter’ had some-sort-of a “fall!”
    Who knew Jay Z better than Damian Dash, as far as business dealings, OR Beenie Siegel, who was Jay Z’s “Right-hand-man,” as-far-as “all-things-street!”

    “50” was right ’bout Jay Z, he won’t fight you himself, he’ll use someone else do do HIS dirty-work! He used Beenie for HIS battles, THEN, when HE GOT TO WHERE HE WANTED TO BE – he kicked Beenie to the curb! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHFLdYQgqiM

    More “realness” ’bout Jay Z – http://realtalkny.uproxx.com/2009/11/topic/topic/beef/50-cent-says-jay-z-stopped-beanie-sigel-from-getting-800k/

    Jay Z is a B****-A**, period! He also had-a-hand-in preventing CBreezy from performing in that BET MJ award/tribute! Listen y’all, just watch the video for y’all selves, it’ll answer ANY AND ALL QUESTIONS OR DOUBT(s) Y’ALL MIGHT HAVE!

    X,Y,”and Z” — OUT!

  79. X,Y,”and Z” February 16, 2010

    Can they ALL be telling lies? Everyone who had ‘close-dealings’ with Jay Z has ‘shortly-thereafter’ had some-sort-of a “fall!”
    Who knew Jay Z better than Damian Dash, as far as business dealings, OR Beenie Siegel, who was Jay Z’s “Right-hand-man,” as-far-as “all-things-street!”

    “50” was right ’bout Jay Z, he won’t fight you himself, he’ll use someone else do do HIS dirty-work! He used Beenie for HIS battles, THEN, when HE GOT TO WHERE HE WANTED TO BE – he kicked Beenie to the curb! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHFLdYQgqiM

    More “realness” ’bout Jay Z – http://realtalkny.uproxx.com/2009/11/topic/topic/beef/50-cent-says-jay-z-stopped-beanie-sigel-from-getting-800k/

    Jay Z is a B****-A**, period! He also had-a-hand-in preventing CBreezy from performing in that BET MJ award/tribute! Listen y’all, just watch the video for y’all selves, it’ll answer ANY AND ALL QUESTIONS OR DOUBT(s) Y’ALL MIGHT HAVE!

  80. Anonymous February 16, 2010

    He does not know how Michael Jackson was a close friend of a particular person of Ayitian origin. It would have been Michael’s wish and I know it! This is because Michael is here in spirit. Ayiti is very dear to Michael Jackson. His Family knows exactly what I am talking about. Jay Z ignorance is a Bliss! It’s better to stay that way and keep on going into your religious negatve sect.

  81. ms marie February 18, 2010

    i agree wit jay 110% that remake is bullcrap, if they wanted to make money for haiti they jus should have rereleased the original jus like how they been rereleasing everybody’s albums these days. it was a poor effort no matter who it was for, i admire the cause but i stil agree wit him

  82. ms marie February 18, 2010

    everybody is hating on jay and beyonce when they did contribute to the haitian relief efforts via their performances is concerts that you guys saw on tv jus like me…..they did not need to perform on a lacklustre version of a fantastic song just to show solidarity for humanitarian acts towards haiti. y’aal need to get off that s***!!if the guy didn think it necessary for him to be there then just thank everybody else who did perform on the song!!! jeez!!!

  83. blordbeatz February 19, 2010

    I TOTALY AGREE WITH JAY, THAT SONG SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN TOUCHED

  84. nene February 19, 2010

    i agree with jay-z!!! i thought the remake was a bunch of crap!!!!! so we give lil wayne a solo and not Gladys Knight???? WTF???

  85. yung September 23, 2010

    its dmn too obvious both s** were been too fool of them selfs

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