Actor Faizon Love has been onscreen lately more as a talking head than in the roles that we’ve grown to know him by. Once again, he’s raised some concerns about the truth to Jay Z’s backstory and has taken aim at him – blaming him for the spate of young rappers being lost to gun violence currently.
Hip-hop is filled with tales of dealing and hustling and Jay Z is widely one of the most lauded rappers alive due to his storytelling abilities about his time on the streets. Jay Z famously doesn’t “write” his verses that tell of his time trappin, how it affected his mental health and those around him. The “Greatest Rapper Alive” has been certified for the streets, and the charts, for many decades.
Love had some thoughts on Jay Z’s dealing past that he has rapped about for years that he shared with the Hip Hop Uncensored podcast earlier this year. Faizon Love took aim at Jay Z and proclaimed him a fake dealer, sending the Internet into a tizzy over one of their favorite rappers.
“I like Jay-Z. I like him as a guy and the whole thing he created about this fake dealing,” Love said around the 18 minute mark. “That’s when I stopped liking him. This n—a ain’t sold [nothing] in his life—I don’t think he’s ever won a fight.”
Love also took issue with the scope of Jay Z’s songs, with him stating that he thinks Jay Z only talks about the flashy, materialistic side of hustling but not the downsides and negatives that come with being in the streets. “There’s no stories of the other side,” he continued. “Somebody going to bust you. Nobody ever sold you pancake? … All this s**t sounds like an episode of Miami Vice.”
At the time, fellow NYC rapper Cam’ron, who beefed with Jay Z during the height of his own career, came to Jay’s defense – which shocked a lot of people and was more than enough to be a valid co-sign for most.
Cam’ron reposted Faizon Love’s interview on his own Instagram and spoke up for Jay Z’s career and character in the wake of Love’s comments.
“I know me and Hov haven’t had the best relationship (publicly) but Faizon don’t know what e’s talking bout. Whether legally or illegally we got to it,” Cam wrote in the caption underneath his post, firmly showing whose side he’s on.
Love is back again with some of the same criticisms as before, this time appearing on DJ Vlad’s VladTV. He’s laying the blame for the current hip-hop scene and passings that have taken the lives of more than a few young rappers at Jay’s feet, claiming he’s the one that glamorized the lifestyle – though he think Jay never lived it himself.
“I criticize him for it because it’s kinda his fault,” Faizon told VladTV. “Jay-Z creates this drug dealing drug lord […] These kids are like, ‘We gotta do it, too.’ Not knowing that this is all made up sh*t.”
Love also claims he has inside information that proved to him that Jay Z was a “puppet,” and was exasperated at the thought of Jay Z in a street fight. “Somebody slap him, taking his cocaine, what he gon’ do?”
See the interview below.