Jay Z is living a very good life, but according to Fox News affiliate Fox Nation, his life as a drug dealer was worth highlighting, instead of the last 20 years of his career. Earlier, the official Twitter account for Fox Nation addressed Jay Z as a former crack dealer.
The headline reads, “Andrew Cuomo Meets With Former Crack Dealer Jay-Z to Discuss Police Policy.”
Now, it is true that Jay Z was a former crack dealer, but he’s come a long way from the projects. The title would be appropriate if Jay Z was talking to Governor Cuomo about a drug policy, but that wasn’t so.
Instead of identifying Jay Z as a distinguished business man, or an innovative rapper, Fox Nation decided that it was best to label him as a “former crack dealer.”
Andrew Cuomo Meets With Former Crack Dealer Jay-Z to Discuss Police Policy http://t.co/hp6FxLcRi8
— Fox Nation (@foxnation) December 11, 2014
Fox Nation’s lead wasn’t any better either.
“When you need advice on a subject, you go to an expert.”
The report continued, “The rapper built his musical career on songs about his past criminal exploits slinging crack in Brooklyn’s Marcy housing project. One online report lists 187 references to crack or cocaine on his 12 solo albums, including last year’s chart-topping ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail.'”
In the Jay Z take down, Fox News goes on to list Jay Z’s offenses, but never goes on to list his accomplishments.
“In addition to his rap boasts about drug dealing, his criminal justice experience includes being charged with stabbing people and bashing them on their heads with bottles at his favorite city nightclubs.”
Jay Z hasn’t been hushed about his past. In a Vanity Fair interview, the rapper admitted that dealing drugs helped him with his skills as a business man.
“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. I was thinking about surviving. I was thinking about improving my situation. I was thinking about buying clothes.”
Since the tweet, fans have responded directly to the Fox account.
— Courtney (@Calllabro) December 11, 2014
So far, Fox News hasn’t apologized for the tweet.