Jay-Z isn’t the first rapper to make a connection with the Occupy Wall Street movement; Kanye has stopped by the New York City protest, and Russell Simmons has done everything but set up a cot and unroll his sleeping bag in Zuccotti Park. When it comes to protest fashion, however, Hov got the jump on the rest; as of today his Rocawear line will be featuring a line of shirts sporting the slogan “Occupy All Streets.” Objectively, that seems like a pretty great addition to any wardrobe; if only some of the proceeds were actually going to the movement that makes that phrase something the kids would want to buy.
According to Rocawear’s spokesperson, Jay-Z‘s brand has not “made an official commitment” to supporting the movement with the shirts. Now, of course Hov has the right to do whatever he wants with his gear within reason. That being said, Hov has already made it in the 1%. Maybe it’s time to spread some love to the other 99? Think of how good all those drum circles would sound with some new skins! Well…or at least better.