Jay Z is receiving backlash for embracing the Five Percent Nation after his new song and wardrobe choice sparked rumors he belonged to the radical group. In his new single “We Made It” Jay Z and Jay Electronica make references to the Five Percent Nation, Allah, and slavery.
Members of the Five Percent Nation believe Ten percent of the world knows the truth about their existence. Those in this elites group opt to enlighten the other 85 percent of the world and keep them in ignorance to make them easy to control. The remaining percentage are those are aware of the truth and are determined to enlighten the rest of the world without the permission of the elites. They are the Five Percent Nation.
Clarence 13 X founded the group in 1963 after he left the Nation of Islam. Clarence was a student of Malcolm X, but decided to leave his mosque when he could no longer agree with Islam regarding the identity of God.
Clarence’s group also believes blacks are the parents of all civilizations, the God Christians believe in is a spirit, and that whites are inferior. Author Michael Knight, a member of the society has said
“The belief is the black man is God and he created the entire universe. He is physically/intellectually stronger and more righteous naturally while being white is weak, inferior, and wicked. He believes whites are errant children who need correction.
It is clear to see why some would be upset with the rappers accessory choice. Jay Z is receiving backlash for embracing the Five Percent Nation because it’s a notoriously racist group. When asked if the medallion meant anything to him, the rapper responded “a little bit.”
Jay-Z is not the only famous figure known to associate with the organization. Active members of the Five Percent Nation include: Nas, Busta Rhymes, Carmelo Anthony, members of Digable Planets, Allah Mathematics, and Black Thought of the Roots.
Former Members who have since converted to Sunni Islam include Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon and Ghostface Killah. LL Cool J is also a former member but no longer associates himself with the group.
While people are just now reacting to the hip hop moguls references to the Five Percent Nation, this is certainly not a new trend among hip hop artists. Artists like Nas, Quan, Mobb Deep, and Wu-tang clan all have used their music to push the beliefs of the group and popularize the Five Percent’s terminology.
Is the backlash Jay Z is receiving for embracing the Five Percent Nation necessary? Consider this; Jay was ranked one of the least trustworthy artists on a poll where fans said they felt although they liked Jay-Z’s music, they could not figure him out and are not sure what he stood for. The pole also revealed fans believe the artist will do or say anything if it would help build his empire.
Saladin Allah, a representative of the Five Percent Nation, stated Jay is not a member of their society and it is understood that you do not wear the regalia if you are not about that life.
Opinion By Sarah Wright