Everyone is trying to cash in on the Occupy movement, including Jay-Z. The millionaire rapper and entrepreneur is releasing a line of Occupy Wall Street – themed t-shirts featuring the phrase “Occupy All Streets.” According to Business Insider, the shirts go on sale on Jay-Z’s Rocawear website Friday.
Although, the rapper isn’t sharing the wealth with the 99 percent. A spokesperson from Rocawear told Business Insider in a statement that the company has not “made an official commitment” to support the movement financially.
Jay-Z isn’t the first to try and use the Occupy movement to make some money. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office was said to have received a rash of applications from merchants, lawyers and others to trademark phrases such as “Occupy” and “We are the 99 percent.” MTV aired True Life: I’m Occupying Wall Street earlier this month, which documented a couple of days in the park for some of the twenty- something year olds taking part in the movement.
Even though Jay-Z is trying to make a couple bucks off the protests, he entirely supportive of the movement’s goals. In a statement of Business Insider, Rocawear said the company encourages “all forms of constructive expression.”
Jay-Z has now joined the hip hop community that supports the Occupy Movement. Def Jam co founder Russell Simmons has visited Zuccotti several times and even offered to pay to clean up the park last month after New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the park would have to be closed temporarily in order to clean. Other artist such as Kanye West and Talib Kweli have also stopped by the protests.
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