I love Jay-Z. Okay I don’t know Jay-Z but I like him. In fact, I don’t even have any of his music on my itunes (which says a lot since I have Stacey Q on my ipod). I I like that he’s a smart business man, I like that he has strong political views and I like that he seems to be a man of substance. I think we could be great friends (I’ll ignore the fact his wikipedia page mentions him stabbing people.).
The latest reason I like hip hop’s reigning King is that he’s going vegan for a month to celebrate his 44th birthday. To those of you who follow celeb culture, I know this isn’t breaking news but its the first I heard of it. Usually celebrity gossip bores me but I love the fact that he is doing something for his health and making healthy eating sexy. Now, I’m not a vegan (though I used to be hence why many of my recipes are vegan) but I do believe that doing a cleanse like this can help you re-evaluate how you eat and see the choices you make in a new light.
I also like how often men in hip hop are seen as uber macho and flippant about their health. How many songs can you name after upmarket vodka brands? So I like that Jay-Z is reinventing this (I’ll ignore the fact that Nelly is already vegetarian – his cred diminished with his perma face band aid). Unfortunately a quick search revealed that many people online are not as happy about this move (its only for 22 days people!). There has even been some buzz that the fact Beyonce wore an animal fur shirt was a silent stance against their vegan stint (and we’re back to boring).
Pro or anti-vegan, its good for the planet to lay off the beef. And for this small gesture, I also love Jay-Z. I’ll ignore his and Bey’s many endorsement deals for consumer goods. Sigh, this friendship is means making many compromises. Ah well, I still think we’d have fun.