One of Jay's lyrics from the song prompted critics to accuse him of anti-Semitism: You ever wonder why Jewish people own all the property in America?
This how they did it
Hova defended his use of exaggeration during an interview with the Rap Radar Podcast
claiming that the context of the song absolves him:
"It's hard for me to take that serious because I've exaggerated every black image in the world. If you in the Jewish community don't have a problem with the guy eating watermelon. If you don't have a problem with that and that's the only line you pick out then you're being a hypocrite and I can't address that in a real way, I gotta leave that where it is because it was exaggeration.
Of course I know that Jewish people don't own all the property in America, but it was an exaggeration much like the racist cartoon. Context is everything and the context of this song outlines what I'm trying to say, and the point that I'm trying to make is actually, 'You guys did it right.'"