O.J. Simpson Says Jay-Z Misquoted Him On ‘Story Of O.J.’
O.J. Simpson recently called Jay-Z out over misquoting him in the 2017 song “Story Of O.J” which is found on the hip-hop icon’s Grammy-nominated 4:44. The song’s opening verse begins, “O.J. like, ‘I’m not black, I’m O.J.’… Okay. House n—-, don’t f— with me. I’m a field n—-, with shined cutlery.”
Now, the former NFL player wants to set the record straight about Jay seemingly denouncing his Blackness in the opening line.
“Well, first of all, [Jay-Z] didn’t say it right,” stated O.J. Simpson in a clip posted on April 7 to the Rare Cloth Apparel Instagram page. “When [legendary attorney Johnnie Cochran] was talking to me about it, and all that was going on was ‘Black, Black, Black.’ I said, ‘Man, f— being Black, this is me. This is about O.J.'”
“It wasn’t about Black or white. It was about, ‘These guys were after me.’ So that’s how that was expressed.” He added, “It wasn’t about, ‘I’m not Black.’ It was about, ‘This ain’t about being Black, this is about me.'”
O.J’s famous quote derived from his 1994 murder trial where he was acquitted for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. The trial spanned from November 9, 1994 to October 3, 1995.
FX created a limited series titled The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story in 2016 based on the infamous trial. It starred Cuba Gooding Jr. (O.J. Simpson), John Travolta (Robert Shapiro), Sarah Paulson (Marcia Clark), David Schwimmer (Robert Kardashian), Sterling K. Brown (Christopher Darden) and Courtney B. Vance (Johnny Cochran). The limited series won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series along with Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance, Sterling K. Brown winning in their respective categories.
“The Story of O.J.” earned nominations at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards for Record Of The Year, Best Rap Song, and Best Music Video. Jay was nominated for eight total awards that night but did not receive one win. He rapped about it on he and Beyoncé’s “Apes—” in 2018, “Tell the Grammys f— that 0-for-8 s—.”