In the cover article of the November 2013 issue of Vanity Fair, rapper turned mogul Jay Z opened up about his past as a drug dealer on the streets of NYC and what it taught him about business, saying:
I know about budgets. I was a drug dealer. To be in a drug deal, you need to know what you can spend, what you need to re-up. Or if you want to start some sort of barbershop or car wash—those were the businesses back then. Things you can get in easily to get out of [that] life. At some point, you have to have an exit strategy, because your window is very small; you’re going to get locked up or you’re going to die.
That quote has a lot of people weighing in, saying that the mogul was glorifying the drug game and making it look like an option to some of his younger fans. Noted music producer and recording artist Swizz Beatz gave his 2 cents during his sit down with Katie Couric this week.
I know Jay Z personally and I know that he’s a great guy. He’s the furthest thing from trouble in the industry and in the streets now a days. I think that he should go a little bit more further in explaining what he really meant to the youth, so they don’t get the wrong idea. But I know that he wasn’t sending a negative message. He was sending a positive story from his success, being that he started from the bottom…