I’m not sure if he just has a great publicist or what, but Jay-Z seems like a pretty good guy. For instance, he held a charity event in New York last week to raise money for the Shawn Carter Foundation, which provides scholarships for kids who can’t afford to pay for college on their own. “If you want to be lazy, that’s a different thing,” he told E! News. “But if you apply yourself and do everything that you have to do to get to a certain point and can’t go further because of your financial situation, I think that is a shame.” I don’t think many people would argue with that, although there are certainly some socioeconomic factors at play (besides mere laziness) that prevent poor kids from achieving as highly as their wealthy counterparts.
He also talked about how excited he was about becoming a father. (So excited.) But when asked if he would move his newly expanded family back to his native Brooklyn, he joked, “I have been thinking about it, but the prices over there are really high! It’s not like before.”
This could be a sly comment on the gentrification that’s occurred since he left Bed-Stuy’s infamous Marcy Projects. It could also be evidence that he has bonked his head and forgotten who he is, i.e. one of the highest paid entertainers in all the land, and someone who owns multiple properties in places even more expensive than Brooklyn.
As a current resident of the borough myself, I’d encourage Jay and Bey to shop around a bit. Some stuff is actually quite affordable! How bad ass would it be if he came back to his old neighborhood, bought a building, and totally tricked it out? Everyone here in Brooklyn would love him even more than we already do. According to craigslist, a nice, big brownstone in Bed-Stuy can be had for $500,000-$800,000, which is approximately the amount of money Jay-Z’s cleaning lady finds in between his couch cushions each day. Think on it, guys.