Jay-Z on "We Are the World" Remake: Bad Idea!

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When Jay-Z speaks, people listen. That's the kind of respect this artist and producer has earned.

That's why his critique of the recently-remade version of "We Are the World" is receiving so much attention, as the rapper told MTV News over the weekend:

"I know everybody is gonna take this wrong: 'We Are the World,' I love it, and I understand the point and think it's great. But I think 'We Are the World' is like [Michael Jackson's] 'Thriller' to me. I don't ever wanna see it touched."

The man makes a good point. No offense to Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber (okay, some offense to the former), but the iconic single loses a lot of luster when such young musicians are taking the place of Jackson, Bob Dylan and other luminaries.

"I'm a fan of music. I know the plight and everything that's going on in Haiti. I applaud the efforts," Jay-Z added. "But... some things are just untouchable... I think it's time for us to make a new [song]."

Do you agree with Jay-Z? Listen to the remake NOW and then vote below: What do you think of it?




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jay-z i full agree, all they had to do was make another song or send more money, instead they get together and ruin a classic song, a song that was so classic that it was never done before, never did that many celebrities get together for a cause, and they just tarnished that for the sake of tween kids, who like music with a mix of fake rap, autotune, and scream singing, if anything this shows how bad we have gotten musically. They couldn't make a new song for haiti, couldn't sing, nor could they write a decent poem in the song. its all shouting, and wyclef "sebastian the crab" jean


Jay-Z is entitled to his opinion but I think he is just mad because he and
Beyonce aren't singing. Had he been in this remake he wouldn't have nothing
to say. I like the song. Regardless of how it sounds. Those celebrities took
time out of their busy lives to remake this song to raise more money for Haiti.
That's the bottom line. I've been through with Jay-Z since he blocked Chris
Brown from making a tribute to Michael Jackson at the BET awards last year.
Somehow Jay-Z makes everything about him and it doesn't matter how others
feel about it.


It's amazing how people take things so personally. Jay-Z is entitled to bs opinion. I don't understand why he's being attacked on here. I think comment boards are cool, but people and their opinions go over board!

Sydney strange

I agree with Hollywood here.


Thank You,Honestchick. Your comment is very much appreciated. May you have a very Blessed week where all good things are magnified and multiplied...Hollywood


People need to stop being so petty and negative. Everyone is entitled to there opinions but at the end of the day the song was done for a greater good. I totally agree with Hollywood the song was very inspiring to me. Jay z really needs to stop trying to steal the attention from those whp are trying to be positive in a time of need for many. Its not only about a classic song being remade but help for those who need it. Jayz is just mad that people out there trying to do some good in this world which is more than his lyrics have been representing lately. He knows he is a dark and negative person and he only wants to critize the remake to start controversy and turn a positive into a negative. If you dont want to help Jayz just shut up.


Jay-Z should know -- he's ruined plenty of songs too, like the duet with Alicia Keys (sounds much better when she does it alone). But he's right about "We Are the World" - it sucks.


Jay-Z,just for the record,I agree 101% with you.Some things are better left alone."We are the World" can not be duplicated.There were celebrities and there were photo-ops, and there were wonderful,well known performers, and the intentions were of the best,but without Michael that song went nowhere.Without Michael's professionalism "We are the World" is just another remake.I have to thinks in terms of it benefitting a worthy cause,but I am proud of the version that I've owned for 25 years!!


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