DJ Khaled stands by his man Jay-Z as mogul moves to take part ownership of an NFL team
He's collaborated multiple times with Jay-Z in the studio.
Now DJ Khaled is coming to the 49-year-old rap mogul's defense after he was widely criticized for partnering with the NFL on its Super Bowl music and social justice campaign.
The 43-year-old DJ and producer defended his friend to TMZ on Sunday, shortly after the outlet reported that Jay was exploring taking an ownership stake in a football team.
Helping hand: DJ Khaled, 43, came to the aid Sunday of Jay-Z, 49, after he was widely criticized for partnering with the NFL on its Super Bowl music and social justice campaign
Khaled made it clear from the start that he was only interested in focusing on positive questions.
'I'm here with my family, so if you talk to me, talk to me with love, positivity, great energy,' he said.
After getting an OK to talk about football, the videographer asked if he'd ever talked to Jay-Z about buying the Miami Dolphins.
'Nah, I haven't talked to him about that, but shout-out to Jay-Z and everything he's doing.'
Money motivation: Jay-Z met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell this week about the announcement, but it was also reported that he'll become part owner of a football team
Nothing but love: 'I haven't talked to him about that, but shout-out to Jay-Z and everything he's doing. Y'all were showing love and always uplifting the people and always moving the culture forward,' he said, referring to the 99 Problems rapper
'Y'all were showing love and always uplifting the people and always moving the culture forward,' he said, referring to the 99 Problems rapper.
'Who knows!' the producer and hype man said when asked if he was interested in owning his own football team.
'Everyday we strive to be great, everyday we go hard,' he said before departing.
On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that Jay-Z had signed a deal with the NFL to consult on entertainment for the sports behemoth, including on its massive Super Bowl half time show
On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that Jay-Z had signed a deal with the NFL to consult on entertainment for the sports behemoth, including on its massive Super Bowl half time show.
He'll also be contributing to the league's Inspire Change campaign for social activism.
'The N.F.L. has a great big platform, and it has to be all-inclusive,' Jay-Z said at his Roc Nation headquarters. 'They were willing to do some things, to make some changes, that we can do some good.'
The move brought widespread criticism from supporters of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began sitting during the national anthem at games in 2016 and eventually kneeling to protest racial injustice and police brutality.
Jay had previously called Colin 'an iconic figure' and spurred an artist boycott of the Super Bowl half-time show.
On his song APES***, he rapped, 'You need me, I don’t need you,' in response to the NFL efforts to get him to perform.
Puzzling: Jay will also contribute to the league's social justice campaign, despite boycotting it's Super Bowl half time show and saying 'You need me, I don’t need you,' in a song
Which made it all the more confusing when the husband of Beyoncé agreed to partner with the NFL, seemingly giving the organization his imprimatur.
TMZ reported on Friday that Jay-Z (real name: Shawn Carter) will become a part owner of a football team, which might explain his sudden about-face on the league.
'I think we're past kneeling,' he said Wednesday during a meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell when he was asked if he would kneel or stand at a game.
Abandoned: 'I think we're past kneeling,' he said when he was asked if he would kneel or stand at a game, which received a strong rebuke from Colin Kaepernick's girlfriend Nessa Diab
Colin's girlfriend Nessa Diab lambasted the rapper's comments and called his decision to work with the NFL 'disgusting and disappointing.'
'How can Jay-Z and the NFL utter social justice in their partnership while keeping Colin unemployed because of his social justice work?' she wrote on Instagram.
'It’s typical for the NFL to buy different PR looks to cover up their dirt — that’s nothing new. But what is disgusting and disappointing is Jay-Z let them use him.
'Whether Jay-Z knew it or not (I don’t doubt his intelligence-so I would think he knew) he helped the NFL bury who he said is an iconic figure, Colin Kaepernick.'