Culture, Identity

50 Cent's Jewish Goon Squad

Looks like there’s a new craze in the publicity-winning social faux pas. Taking a page from Micheal Ray Richardson’s playbook, bullet riddled gangsta rapper 50 Cent would like to let you know that his lawyers are Jewish. And vicious.
The NY Daily News reports,

Hip-hop artist 50 Cent added his two cents on the Tony Yayo assault case – and inserted his foot in his mouth at the same time.
Yayo, a member of 50 Cent’s notorious G-Unit crew, was arrested last week for allegedly attacking the 14-year-old son of music industry rival Jimmy (Henchmen) Rosemond last month in Manhattan.
50 Cent called into “Miss Jones in the Morning” on Hot 97 yesterday and said the 29-year-old Yayo’s troubles won’t hurt his crew.
But then he added, “Worry about the Je-Je-Je-Jew unit. They’re the real goon squad. When the lawyers come out, you’ll see what it is. I don’t pay nobody. I only pay the lawyers.”
Fitty said neither he nor Yayo had anything to do with the assault.

According to a contributor to AllHipHop Rumors,

I heard that Shady Records [Eminem’s record label] actually started this Jew-Unit thing a few years ago in 2004. From what I was told (but haven’t confirmed), Shady printed up some T-shirts and they said “Jew Unit” and on the back it said “Get Rich and Don’t Spend It.” I don’t know if this is true, but from what I understand, Jewish people there actually made the T-shirts. It wasn’t meant to be offensive, just funny. Nowadays, people are offended.

5 thoughts on “50 Cent's Jewish Goon Squad

  1. nice catch. i don’t do “culture” sites very often so i’d missed this. as a negress, i wonder if this story is misunderstood in this post. i don’t want to try the “my best friend” argument here, but i will say, i read the story very differently than the post author. you can comment at my blog, where i linked to this and asked readers to chime in. here. please feel free to come by and throw down. the jewish lawyers in my family would approve of us all speaking freely with one another.

  2. This isn’t a new phenomenon. On his song “Baby Girl” from a few years ago, the rapper Jim Jones says: “100 and the tenth I’m like Gotti in the projects/ Jewish laywers, [N-word], so I got to beat the charges”.
    On that big Notorious BIG hit from last decade “All About the Benjamins”, Jadakiss says “You should do what we do/ Stack chips like Hebrews”.
    I think American Jews should be happy that we have the respect of some of our African American brothers and sisters at least sometimes. Hopefully we can give them other things to respect us for, besides the fact that our law and interpretation heavy religion has made it an easy transition towards us being good with other law systems. Maybe we can renew those old Black-Jewish alliances from the civil rights era.
    We’ve been good at overcoming racism against us and helping each other out as an ethnicity in the US for the past 100 years or so too. Our history in Europe facing oppression, second-class citizenship, and violence is very similar to the experience of African Americans in the US. I don’t really see this episode as a bad thing.
    I got this post sent to me but I like what you got going on in the rest of this blog.

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