Jay-Z had raised some eyebrows at the Barclay’s Center when he wore a medallion symbolizing the Five Percent Nation.
The Brooklyn-born rapper was sitting court-side with wife Beyonce when he was snapped wearing the controversial symbol.
One of the core tenants of the Five Percent Nation – an off-shoot of the Nation of Islam – is that white people are ‘wicked and inferior’ to black men.
When asked by a reporter whether the medallion is meaningful to him, Jay-Z shrugged and said ‘A little bit’.
This isn’t the first time that Jay-Z has been connected to the Five-Percent Nation.
The Five Percent Nation was founded by Clarence 13X in Harlem back in 1963 after splitting with the Nation Of Islam. Five Percenters believe that the Black man was the original man, the creator of civilization, and the personification of God.
Their name derives from the idea that 10% of the population (the elites) manipulates and controls 85% of the population that is unaware of the true nature of human control. The remaining 5% work to enlighten that 85% of the truth.
But a representative for the five percent nation told the Post that they are not happy with Jay-Z flaunting their symbol.
‘Jay Z is not an active member — no one has vouched for him” said Saladin Allah. ‘It was always understood that you don’t wear the regalia if you don’t totally subscribe to the life.’