Hip-Hop star Jay-Z called out former President George Bush Jr. in a new interview with the Associated Press about his new book, Decoded.
In a new interview with the AP’s Nekesa Mumbi Moody, Jay-Z commented on Kanye West’s infamous statement that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” during a live, nationwide telethon for Hurricane Katrina survivors in 2005.
West called out George Bush Jr. for his slow reaction to the crisis, which obliterated the city of New Orleans in what has been deemed America’s worst natural disaster in the history of the country.
Recently, Kanye West backed away from the comments, after George Bush Jr. labeled the incident the lowest point in his administration in his new book Decision Points.
That didn’t sit well with Jay-Z, who dismissed George Bush’s comments during the interview and stood by Kanye West’s original assessment.
“I 100 percent agreed with the comments that he made, because again … it felt like it was being done to black people,” Jay-Z told the Associated Press. “Like all you saw on the news was black people with help signs and all this stuff, and then you have this picture of the commander in chief, who we all rely on, just flying by.”
Bush finally replied to West’s infamous remarks during a promotional for Decision Points, which is the former Presidents memoirs that were released on November 9th.
“My record was strong I felt when it came to race relations and giving people a chance. And — it was a disgusting moment,” President Bush told reporters.
Kanye West backed away from the comments when President Bush made it known that he didn’t appreciate the stinging criticism, which helped spark a national debate over the Bush administration’s reaction to Hurricane Katrina.
“I didn’t have the grounds to call him a racist,” an apologetic Kanye West said. “I believe that in a situation of high emotion like that we as human beings don’t always choose the right words.”
But Jay-Z, who helped introduce Kanye West to the world via Roc-A-Fella Records, shot down the former Commander-in-Chief, for allowing the rapper’s original comments to irk him to that level.
“Just the fact that he thinks that the worst thing that happened to him is Kanye saying something about him. Like, what? That alone shows you where his mind is. Are you kidding me?” Jay-Z said.