Here’s a question: who pays the tab when these two hang out?
Jay-Z reopened his 40/40 club in New York City on Wednesday, and joining him at the hot event was billionaire investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett. The two are friends, having traded appearances in cartoons and magazine interviews, and clearly were enjoying themselves, joking like the global icons they are.
Hard to say what they were talking about; maybe it was the finer points of fatherhood, or perhaps their willingness to pay more in taxes.
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Not long after Jay-Z released a line of t-shirts meant to cash in on the Occupy Wall Street protests that read “Occupy All Streets,” the rap icon is scuttling the tees after he faced a firestorm of criticism for not planning to donate the proceeds from their sale to the anti-corporate movement.
The $ 22 shirts have been yanked from Rocawear.com, the site for Jay-Z’s clothing line, according to the New York Daily News.
“Jay-Z, as talented as he is, has the political sensibility of a hood rat and is a scrotum,” one of the protests organizers said before the shirts were removed from the site. “To attempt to profit off the first important social moment of 50 years with an overpriced piece of cotton is an insult to the fight for economic civil rights known as #occupywallstreet.”
Russell Simmons, the music industry mogul, defended Jay-Z on Twitter. “No one ever said the proceeds were not going to the cause that’s media’s spin,” tweeted Simmons.
Jay-Z is currently on the Watch The Throne tour, which coincides with Jay-Z and Kanye West’s mega-selling collaborative album of the same name. The album has been faulted by many critics who say that its focus on opulence is out of touch with the current economic climate. West came under some criticism from the Occupy movement when he showed up at Zuccotti Park near Wall Street but refused to comment or speak to anyone about why he came.