Jay-Z Talks About the Failure of the War on Drugs (Video)


In a New York Times animated opinion piece, Jay-Z provides a summary of the war on drugs and as he says, its “epic failure.” With artwork by Molly Crabapple providing visualization of Jay-Z’s narration, the video details the policies and politicians that have not only harshly sentenced and targeted black men, but ultimately failed in it’s stated goal– remove drugs from the streets. It also explains how something like marijuana is legal and profitable in some states but not in others and how those who may have had an illegal drug charge selling weed are not able to now participate in the legal economy of selling it.

This conversation is in line with Jay-Z’s outlook and discussion of drugs in America. In June of this year, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of Jay-Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt, and how it gave us stories and life from the drug dealer’s perspective during the Reagan era.

Peep the video up top then check out our piece, ‘Reasonable Doubt’: A Conscious Hip-Hop Classic Brought to You by Jay-Z and Ronald Reagan

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Vida Starr is a radio producer and personality as well as a community activist and advocate from South Central Los Angeles. Vida can be heard on KPFK 90.7FM in Southern California as well as KJLH 102.3FM in the Los Angeles area.

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