Lupe Fiasco released his freestyle “N.E.R.D.,” and the lyrics immediately caught some negative attention. One particular line reads, “Artists getting robbed for their publishing/By dirty Jewish execs who think that it’s alms from the covenant.” That’s not exactly very subtle, Lupe.
Now the Anti-Defamation League has issued a statement in response to “N.E.R.D.” The CEO of the organization, Jonathan Greenblatt, said the lyrics reinforce the “myth of Jewish control of the music industry, a stereotype that has been exploited in recent years by well-known hatemongers.”
He further added, “It is irresponsible for a recording artist to perpetuate the hateful anti-Semitic stereotype of the ‘greedy Jew.’ Even if Lupe Fiasco has concerns about exploitation of his artistic output, it’s deplorable to stigmatize an entire group in response. Fiasco has a well-earned reputation as a highly respected hip-hop artist. At a time when there are significant divisions across the country, we are disappointed that he has not chosen to use his platform and voice to promote a more inclusive message.”
Representatives for Lupe Fiasco didn’t return any comments, but Fiasco himself sounded off on Twitter, including saying he wasn’t going to release any more music.
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