LL Cool J & Ice Cube Discuss Jay-Z’s NFL Partnership On T.I.’s ‘expediTIously’

Find out where the two iconic emcees/businessmen stand on the contentious topic.

(AllHipHop News) The first episode of Tip “T.I.” Harris’ new weekly podcast expediTIously hit PodcastOne and Apple Podcasts on Thursday. For the initial show, the music/television star spoke with Hip Hop legends Ice Cube and LL Cool J.

At one point, the three emcees discussed the controversial partnership between Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter’s Roc Nation entertainment company and the National Football League. The deal involves the two brands uniting to support the NFL’s Inspire Change initiative which focuses on education and economic advancement, police and community relations, and criminal justice reform.

“To me, I don’t see it as being a big issue. I think either they’re going to hire Live Nation or they’re going to hire Roc Nation. Why not let Roc Nation do what Live Nation was going to do?” suggested Cube.

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He added, “The NFL could never solve the problem that [Colin] Kaepernick was talking about. It’s apples and oranges. Kap is talking about police brutality. The NFL has nothing to do with that. All the NFL has is a platform, and they’re willing to use their platform, now, to speak out against it. So, let’s use the platform. Let’s let them spend that money. Why let them off the hook? And they’re using somebody who can give money back to the culture. So, I don’t have a problem with it, whatsoever.”

Some critics took issue with Jay-Z working with the NFL while alleged blackballed quarterback Colin Kaepernick is still not signed to a franchise after taking a knee during the national anthem to protest systemic oppression in America. LL Cool J said, “Personally, I understand what [Jay-Z’s] doing. I get it, and I see the vision, but at the same time I do understand there are some people, who cannot get past the pain.”

On Wednesday, Roc Nation artists Rapsody and Vic Mensa mentored teenagers at the BBF Family Services site in Chicago as part of Inspire Change. They were joined at the event by NFL Hall of Famers, police officers, and local community leaders. There are also reports that Inspire Change is donating $400,000 to Chicago’s BBF Family Services and Crusher's Club.

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JDD
JDD

Cube speaking the truth as usual.

Teehop
Teehop

Kaepernick started a movement not selling t-shirts. The NFL stole a day of the week from the church: SUNDAY! Any orginazation that can do that is powerful! The NFL owners are among the elite 1%. They OWN Trump & Congressman through campaign donations and not so clean things. The NFL has more than the biggest platform (NBA is getting closer to the NFL) they have influence. But America wasn't built for our blk as$e$ but by our blk as$e$ built it. I lost respect for Ice Cube and LL Cool J today. Jay Z should have not broken the pickett line by saying WE past kneeling. He should have said I'm past kneeling and protesting and I want that check. The ppl didn't vote for Jay Z to represent us. Kaepernick efforts got the players to make the NFL give 90 million dollars over a period of a few years. 400k is a joke compared to 90 million. Kaepernick gave a million himself. Kaepernick have an organization for the youth. Know your rights campaign is real. That is actionable items. He started with kneeling, gave a million, started an organization, and teach youth around America. Haha.... at those who say Jay Z is trying to get Congress attention. He had Obama phone number which didn't get anything done. We don't need Congress, we need ourselves by sticking together. We need blk men to police their own neighborhoods. Run out the wrong doers. But that's too much work right. That means you can't run the streets, you can't go to the sport bar, and you can't chase women. You have to stay in your community and clean that stuff up. But you everyday blk men sell out every chance you get. Time you guys get a dollar you chase a woman that don't look nothing like your mama. You don't care about your neighborhood just like Jay Z dont. If you fathers would step up your game and band together, yall could own our own NFL league. You blk men don't care nothing about your brother Kaepernick bc you arent his keeper. If the Black Panther Party had free meal programs, transportation, dental, & medical services with less money, and we can't now? Stop it please! Jay Z is getting a check like he did last time with Brooklyn Nets. They have Jay Z 1/15 percent of a team to lie to the ppl he was going to be an owner and change the neighborhood for the better. Now the same ppl can't afford to live there. Jay Z still fooling ppl. He didn't even own a full 1 percent of the Nets. Most of you blk men ain't about nothing but for yourself. Shout out to all the Colin Kaepernick that stand for something beyond yourselves.

Donmegga
Donmegga

Spoken like some true coons, oops mean Hollywood..this might sound strange, I rock with Kap, but I don't have problem what Jay d, kap gave away millions 4 the blk man, not one of these fake ass brothers try 2 build up the community, except that one rb who played for tb, was hooking sis up with down payments 4 homes..go pull 2pac talking 2 the black essence..not sure, cursed alot, but he told the truth, when jews, 🇲🇽 make it what did they do....they don't even hire us 4 r music @ the radio station

Frasermimi
Frasermimi

Spoken like 2 people who got some sense. I really like Ice Cube statement on the whole thing

Mrmogbo64
Mrmogbo64

People know the police ain't for us. We gotta stop putting ourselves in those predicaments. And stop relying on the NFL to solve a problem they can't do anything at all about. Ain't no one talking about other major sports not doing anything



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