Jay Z and Chris Brown have reportedly not seen eye-to-eye for years. Ever since his Brown’s assault of Jay’s protege, Rihanna, the fellow musicians’ relationship have been noticeably tense. In 2012, Hov was reportedly extremely disapproving of Brown’s reconciliation with his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna.
In a new interview with Jet, Chris Brown is taking the time to fire some shots at Jay Z. Recounting his troubles with mainstream acceptance since his domestic violence conviction in 2009, Brown believes that Jay Z has been given a pass by “White America” for his criminal pass in a way that is not afforded to other black entertainers.
“This is something I’ve been dealing with for the past maybe five years,” Brown tells Jet. ”Anybody with a voice – Tupac, Michael Jackson, the Notorious B.I.G. – gets formatted…except maybe for Jay Z, who is accepted by White America because he shakes hands and kisses babies. No disrespect, because I’m a fan, but nobody brings up the fact that he stabbed somebody and sold drugs. He gets a pass.”
In 2000, Jay Z was accused of stabbing rival record executive, Lance “Un” Rivera, at a nightclub in New York City, an incident that Jay Z later pleaded down to a misdemeanor, a year later. Ultimately, Brown feels that Jay has been forgiven by mainstream America for this incident and his drug-dealing past in a way that he has not.
In other parts of the interview, Brown continues with similar themes and believes that racism is live and well in America, today. Brown even went as far as saying that he personally identifies with slain black teenager, Trayvon Martin.
“I identify with Trayvon 100 percent as far as living in 2013 and still dealing with blatant racism,” Brown says. “This generation is so used to racism that it’s normal. We don’t care. We aren’t on drugs or catching AIDS, but they still look at us as niggas.”