Jay-Z Supports Kanye West in Wake of Bush Comments

'I 100 percent agreed with the comments that he made,' Jay says

December 6, 2010 1:30 PM ET
Jay-Z Supports Kanye West in Wake of Bush Comments
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Even though Kanye West has retreated from his 2005 statement that "George Bush doesn't care about black people" in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Jay-Z continues to support him.

"I 100 percent agreed with the comments that he made, because again ... it felt like it was being done to black people," Jay said in a recent interview with the Associated Press. (Last month, in an interview with Howard Stern, Jay praised West's "honest emotion.") "Like all you saw on the news was black people with help signs and all this stuff, and then you have this picture of the commander in chief, who we all rely on, just flying by. It's like, What is that? If that had happened anywhere else besides New Orleans, would the response been so slow? Would Bush been on the ground? You have to ask these sort of questions."

Last month, Bush said that Kanye's statement and its racist implications were the low point of his presidency. "Just the fact that he thinks that the worst thing that happened to him is Kanye saying something about him — like, what?" Jay said. "That alone shows you where his mind is. Are you kidding me?"

Author Q&A: Jay-Z [Associated Press via AllHipHop.com]

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