RUSH: Have you heard this new Jay-Z tune that's on his Magna Carta CD or album, whatever, that was just made available to Samsung. There's a little controversy about it. By the way, folks, great to have you here. A little low-information reach-out here. Just stick with me on this. Jay-Z, the well-known performing artist and entrepreneur, up-and-coming sports agent, which you NFL fans and NBA whatever, you haven't seen anything yet 'til Jay-Z gets some clients and it's happening. But that's another subject.
Samsung, of course, manufactures plastic cell phones, and they're competing with Apple as a lot of people are. So they decided that they would try to get a leg up on Apple. They've got this new phone, the Galaxy S4, and so they arranged a promotion with the well-known entrepreneur rapper and up-and-coming sports agent, Jay-Z. Do you know his real name, Snerdley? Shawn Carter. That's why his wife, Beyonce, is out there on the "Mrs. Carter" tour. And that's a whole 'nother story. There are many stories with the Jay-Z family.
At any rate, the deal was that you're gonna be able to receive free via download with your new Samsung phone the latest Jay-Z CD, and it's Magna Carta ... Holy Grail. It's a new album. Magna Carta ... Holy Grail. Now, the first million or the first 500,000, whatever it was, but here's the thing. The app that Samsung used to download it, provide it, collected all kinds of data on the telephone owners. It was a data mining app that they used to provide the free Jay-Z album with. And there was an article published on July 4th in the New York Times criticizing Jay-Z and Samsung for using this app that required users to supply their phone status and their identity and their Facebook or Twitter information, which then gave Samsung and Roc Nation -- that's Carter's holding company -- gave them access to all of this private data from the fans.
Now, the fans, you can imagine, were totally clueless. They had no idea. They just thought, "Holy, wowie zowie, Jay-Z, Magna Carta ... Holy Grail for free." And they did what they had to do, and they ended up having every bit of data about themselves transferred from their phone back to Samsung and whoever else. I don't really know who else got it. Maybe the NSA, maybe Vladimir Putin, who knows who got it, Edward Snowden on his way to Venezuela. They granted him asylum down there. So Politico went and talked to Jay-Z about this, about all this data mining, and according to Dylan Byers, Politico: "Shawn Carter (aka Jay-Z) appears to agree that the data-mining involved in the rollout for his new album, Magna Carta ... Holy Grail, was too invasive."
There was a Twitter back-and-forth between The Politico writer and Mr. Z. And Dylan Byers tweeted: "What's your reaction to NY Times charge that your MCHG rollout was invasive in its surveillance of your fans?" And Mr. Carter, Mr. Z, tweeted back: "sux must do better." Sucks spelled s-u-x. "Sux must do better." So there were a lot of people that were upset about this. Now, that's the backstory. "Sux must do better." But that's not my point here. Jay-Z and this new Magna Carta ... Holy Grail, the lyrics on some of the tunes here, I can't read to you. The N-word is practically in every line of a song about Tom Ford, I guess the fashion designer.
I got a couple of notes about this from people because Walmart is playing the song in certain stores with the lyrics unedited. Every other line features the N-word in there or the slang version of the word. From my spies, a bunch of nasty trash talk about women, you know, the whole ho's and b-i-itches thing and the N-word in there. You know, Mr. Z has become one of the hot gets on the New York media and society circuit. And, you know, we sit here, ladies and gentlemen, frequently, and we talk about culture and who gets in trouble for doing what. You see where a bunch of people finally hit up that company Capital One, "Drop Alec Baldwin. This guy is out there slurring --" it was a conservative group. "What are you doing with this guy that does nothing but bash gays all the time as your official spokesman?" Baldwin can do and say whatever he wants and hold onto all of his sponsors because he's a good liberal, and the same thing here with Mr. Carter.
I imagine that Paula Deen probably was on the comp list for Jay-Z's stuff. Snerdley just asked me if she downloaded -- I don't know. In all candor here, I don't know if Paula Deen uses Samsung, and I don't know that she would use Mr. Carter for research, especially now. But Jay-Z has a wife at home by the name of Beyonce-Z, and I've always wondered -- I guess it's just show biz. Mr. Z goes home at the end of the day, tells Beyonce-Z what he recorded, reads the lyrics. "Oh, that's great, honey, that's great. They'll really like it. This is so outrageous you might even get that Limbaugh thug talking about you." I mean, Dawn, if you're husband trafficked in this stuff and came home, what would -- I don't know. It's just me, I guess, but I just wonder if Beyonce-Z approves.
No, you wouldn't sing this to your daughter. Don't even ask me to go there. I'm not even gonna play it with the lyrics. But, anyway, I got an e-mail from a friend of mine saying it was playing in the Walmart stores today with the lyrics, hot and heavy.