SLUMSMAG STAFF: Greg Lewis
If you were wondering where the D.C.-bred R&B singer J. Holiday of the early 2000s disappeared off to after his 2007 breakthrough, We’ve found him.
J. Holiday, the singer, took to Instagram with a mouthful of criticism that will make Beyonce, Cardi B and SZA fans wish the “Bed” singer had stayed hidden underneath it.
According to BET, the rant was over the lack of Black men present in the 2018 Grammy pool, blaming none other than Black women for the deficiency.
“So apparently the Black men still losing to the women—I get it,” he began. “No disrespect, I was raised by a woman, I have two older sisters, man, I have absolute, all respect for Black women. But with that being said, understand this, man: Black men, African-American men, men from the hood, we go through everything to make sure that who we care about are taken care of.”
J.Holiday adds the apparent implication that Black female artists must be drawing artificial attention to their art for their Grammy nods.
He directly calls out the names of Beyonce, SZA and Cardi B or using their authentic experiences as Black women in their artistry.
“I got daughters, man,” he continued. “Beyoncé, Cardi B, SZA—all y’all motherf**kers—stop using that f**king pain to make it OK to say some bullsh** on your record, and get nominated for a Grammy for going through some bullsh**. Because so have I as a Black motherf**king man.”
But wait, why would he call out the women in the industry, but not mention the men in the music industry who have also been championed for manifesting their personal lives in their Grammy nominated works, such as Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, nor The Weeknd.
Double-standards or nah?