Jay-Z calls the war on drugs an “epic fail” 


Though Jay-Z has spent much of his career on the microphone spitting about his days as a successful street corner apothecary, the “I Got The Keys” rhymer is now lending his influence to a video detailing the multifaceted complexities of the “war on drugs”…


Contributing his unmistakeable voice to a a piece featuring the art of Molly Crababble in the New York Times, Beyonce’s 45-year-old hubby eloquently narrates “A History of the War on Drugs From Prohibition to Gold Rush,” in which he calls drug policies enacted by President Richard Nixon and exacerbated by President Ronald Reagan throughout the 1970s and 80s an “epic fail.”


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“Drugs were bad; fried your brain. And drug dealers were monsters, the sole reason neighborhoods and major cities were failing,” HOV says in the four-minute long video. “No one wanted to talk about Reaganomics and the ending of social safety nets, the defunding of schools and the loss of jobs in cities across America. ”

Speaking to his own experiences in the drug trade, the Hip-Hop heavyweight then sheds light on the unfair targeting of black and brown low-level drug pushers who unnecessarily contribute to the astronomically high prison population.
“Young men like me who hustled like me became the sole villain and drug addicts lacked moral fortitude,” Jay Z says of the disproportionate imprisonment of African American and Hispanic drug dealers/fiends as compared to Caucasian offenders.

“Even though white people used and sold crack more than black people, somehow it was black people who went to prison,” he adds. “Crack is still talked about as a black problem.”

The Brooklyn repping rockstar goes on to shame the powers that be for scapegoating urban communities and its inhabitants for the drug epidemic while white-collar Wall Street workers and privileged college kids freely self-indulge in the forbidden fruits..





By : Asia Grace

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