After I saw the video premiere of the “We Are The World” remake last week, I wondered to myself why some of the big musicians were missing, such as rapper Jay-Z.
Proceeds from the songs will benefit the victims of the Haiti earthquake.
According to MTV, Jay-Z explains why he chose not to participate in the “We Are The World” remake.
”I know everybody is gonna take this wrong. ‘We Are the World,’ I love it, and I understand the point and think it’s great. But I think ‘We Are the World’ is like ‘Thriller’ to me. I don’t ever wanna see it touched. I’m a fan of music. I know the plight and everything that’s going on in Haiti. I applaud the efforts through text to Haiti. So I appreciate the efforts and everything, but ‘We are the World’ is untouchable like ‘Thriller’ is untouchable. Some things are just untouchable. It was a valiant effort, but for me, it’s gonna be untouchable.”
Other big musicians who were not part of the song included Beyonce, Chris Daughtry, Taylor Swift and Whitney Houston, among others.
I wonder if their reasons were similar to Jay-Z’s or if they weren’t invited altogether.