Jay-Z Responds to Criticism from Foxy and Teairra MarÃƒÂ¬
In recent months mogul Jay-Z has found himself the target of strong criticism from promising former pupils Foxy Brown and Teairra MarÃƒÂ¬.
During a recent interview with AllHipHop.com, Jay-Z replied to the accusations levied at him by both artists, whom he personally signed during his reign as CEO of Roc-A-Fella and President of Def Jam.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“As far as Foxy or Teairra MarÃƒÂ¬, these are people that I have given chances to. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s understandable that they would be upset, but you got to look at it from my point of view as well,Ã¢â‚¬Â Jay-Z told AllHipHop.com. “I gave Teairra MarÃƒÂ¬ the same shot I gave Rihanna. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In her recent XXL cover feature, Foxy lamented over JayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lack of visitation and encouragement during her incarceration, emphasizing that everyone else in her circle made time beside him.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“There are times when I just really needed him and he just wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t there,Ã¢â‚¬Â a disappointed Foxy disclosed. Ã¢â‚¬Å“That broke my heart more than anything. When they sent me to jail, I just knew he would be there, everyone came. But he never showed up.Ã¢â‚¬Â
R&B upstart Tierra MarÃƒÂ¬ is equally upset at JayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s absence from her career.
In a July interview with AllHipHop.com, MarÃƒÂ¬ expressed her hurt that the man she called a father figure would not even call to let her know she was being dropped from Roc-A-Fella Records.
Jay-Z defended his actions from the perspective of a businessman.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“You know that stuff is going to happen, eventually itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to happen,Ã¢â‚¬Â Jay-Z told AllHipHop.com. Ã¢â‚¬Å“What IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m happy about is, that no matter what people say, no one has ever said that I am dishonest or that I have taken one dime from themÃ¢â‚¬Â¦IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never cheated anyone out of a dime. No oneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ever said that, right?Ã¢â‚¬Â
Jay-Z is currently completing work on his highly anticipated Blueprint 3, which is projected for release in early 2009.