Jay-Z was seen sporting a controversial piece of jewelry when he went to watch the Brooklyn Nets play earlier this week with his wife, Beyonce.
The Brooklyn-born rap behemoth wore a medallion that possessed the same symbol of the Five Percent Nation group, who in the past have stated that whites are “wicked and weak,” and that black men hold the power of God.
Jay-Z was asked if the piece held any significant meaning to him by a reporter as he left, and he responded, “A little bit.” However, it seems as though the Fiver Percent aren’t too happy that the rapper has been spotted wearing their regalia.
A representative for the group confirmed that he is not an active member, which means that he shouldn’t be wearing any paraphernalia associated with them. They then added that this would change if he admitted that he shared their beliefs.
Saladin Allah, a representative of the group told the New York Post, “Jay Z is not an active member – no one has vouched for him. It was always understood that you don’t wear the regalia if you don’t totally subscribe to the life.”
In the past, Jay-Z has been seen wearing a similar medallion to the one he sported at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. Last summer, while giving radio interviews for his most recent album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, he was photographed adorned with such a piece.
He even referenced Fiver Percent Nation during a track from the aforementioned album, “Heaven”.
Michael Muhammed Knight, who has authored two books on the Fiver Percent Nation, spoke to the New York Post about the group’s beliefs.
“The rationale is that the black man is God and created the universe, and is physically stronger and intellectually stronger and more righteous naturally,” he explained. “Whiteness is weak and wicked and inferior – basically just an errant child who needs to be corrected.”
36-year-old Knight added, “The first lesson I learned from the Fiver Percent was simple: F*** white people. Seriously. White people are devils.”
Founded in 1964 in Harlem by Clarence Smith, Malcolm X used to be a student of the group. Other famous rappers who have previously endorsed them include Lord Jabar of Brand Nubian, members of Wu Tang Clan and Busta Rhymes.
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