Jay-Z was interviewed by CNN this weekend and the conversation turned to that certain controversial American President I'm sure you're all aware of. Van Jones asked the music mogul how he felt about the fact that black unemployment seemed to have fallen under the first year of Trump's presidency. Jay suggested that focusing purely on unemployment statistics didn't show the whole spectrum of issues his election had thrown up, explaining that money equalled just a small part of it.
"[It doesn't make him a good leader] It's not about money at the end of the day…money doesn't equate to happiness. It doesn't. That's missing the whole point. You treat people like human beings...that's the main point. It goes back to the whole thing, you going to treat me really bad and pay me well. It's not going to lead to happiness. It's going to lead to, again, the same thing.”
Clearly his comments have riled the normally calm and collected President up, because Trump has taken to Twitter, his trusty friend, to clear up his thought on the matter. Never one to stay off the airwaves, he reiterated his unemployment record (which does actually stand at 6.8% for African-Americans, which is a record low) and used some seriously sassy capitalisation to show how strongly he felt. Jay-Z touched on Trump's comments about so-called 's***hole countries' in his interview, but Trump has stayed conspicuously quiet on that front.
Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2018
Jay-Z, who is married to pop superstar Beyonce Knowles, expressed his disappointment at Trump's apparent use of the derogatory term when talking about African nations. He said Mr Trump's election was due to a failure to properly address certain socio-cultural problems.
"You have sprayed perfume on the trash can. What you do when you do that is the bugs come. You spray something and you create a superbug because you don't take care of the problem. You don't take the trash out, you keep spraying whatever over it to make it acceptable. As those things grow, you create a superbug. And then now we have Donald Trump, the superbug."
Donald Trump, the Superbug. Catch me using this phrase forever