The Incredible Irony of PARTYNEXTDOOR's Ill-Advised Tweet About Jews & Black People - DJBooth

The Incredible Irony of PARTYNEXTDOOR's Ill-Advised Tweet About Jews & Black People

"The Jews... sorry jewelers are selling dawg chains."
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On Monday (July 24), Rick Ross told The Breakfast Club he doesn't sign female rappers for fear he'd want to fuck them and it would mess up his business. Two days later, PARTNEXTDOOR asked Ross to hold his beer.

In what could only be described as ill-advised, the Canadian singer-songwriter and producer randomly fired off the following (now-deleted) tweet:

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Of course, minutes after hitting send, the tweet was met with a slew of confused and angry replies, many of which suggested the 24-year-old delete the tweet.

While PND listened to the masses, he returned minutes later with a lame explanation:

I have to give it to Party; it's not easy coming across as anti-Semitic and racist in under 140 characters, but he pulled off the feat with ease. Ironically, the artist born Jahron Anthony Brathwaite is signed to OVO, a label owned by Drake—who is Jewish.

Anti-Semitism in hip-hop has been a hot button topic as of late, especially following the release of JAY-Z's new album, 4:44, which includes the song “The Story of O.J.,” on which Jay raps, “You wanna know what’s more important than throwin’ away money at a strip club? Credit/ You ever wonder why Jewish people own all the property in America? This how they did it.” 

Whereas Jay's lyrics are meant as a compliment—he exaggerates a stereotype for the purpose of hammering home the importance of making sound financial investments—PND's tweet serves no such purpose. 

Russell Simmons, who took to social media earlier this month to defend JAY-Z, agrees. “Mischief makers would like to take Jay’s statements about the culture and practices that exist within some parts of the Jewish community (notice I say some)," wrote Simmons. "The fact is this culture that promotes good business and financial well-being is and has been a guiding light to the black and specifically the hip-hop community.”

Of course, the idea that all Jews work in jewelry (or finance or medicine or law) is just as pervasive and ignorant as the idea that all young, Black men waste their money on necklaces (or cars or strip clubs or bottle service). 

Although I must say, the irony here is pretty incredible considering the following image can be found on PND's Instagram. 

Nice necklace, bro.

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