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Continued: Rating Jay Z's portfolio before he hits the X

PHILANTHROPIST

With a net worth reported by Forbes at about $500 million (and that’s not counting his wife’s coffers), Jay has taken hits for not being more generous. Like the time in 2010 he donated a mere $6,400 to his namesake Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund. When Harry Belafonte singled out Jay and Beyoncé for not being more supportive of African-American causes earlier this year, Jay responded, “My presence is charity.”

Greatest hit: He did donate $1 million to the Red Cross after Hurricane Katrina.

Grade: D

 

RAPPER

OK, so Jay sounds bored and out-of-touch on the new record, “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” arguably the worst of his 12 solo albums (2006's “Kingdom Come” comes close, though). He's still the hard-flowing master MC and sometimes poppy hitmaker who gave us “Hard Knock Life,” “Empire State of Mind,” “Big Pimpin’,” “Dirt Off Your Shoulder,” “N-----s in Paris,” “Run This Town” and “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” — all classics he has been delivering on the current tour.

Greatest hit: “99 Problems” (go ahead and debate).

Grade: A-minus

 

Chris Riemenschneider • 612-673-4658

 

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