Imagine being so rich that you forget basic utilities actually cost money!
It’s probably been decades since Jay Z handled his own gas, electricity and water bills. And when he told the New York Times that “water is free,” it ruffled a few feathers — particularly with Denver Water, the city’s water utility company.
In an open letter, Denver Water gently scolds the rapper for his comment, claiming his comments reflect the lack of awareness many people have for the value of water.
The letter does include some interesting stats breaking down Jay’s massive wealth drop by drop:
Your last album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” sold 528,000 copies in its first week on the market. At $6 each, that’s more than $3 million. You could buy 1 billion gallons of water for that, enough to fill 1,600 olympic-sized swimming pools. Your summer home has enough room for those, right?
You once sold a clothing line you created, Rocawear, for $200 million. You could have bought more than 66 billion gallons of water for that, enough to make 44 million barrels of beer. And if each barrel holds 31 gallons of beer, you could throw one heck of a party — for most of America!
So shady, Denver Water!
The controversy all stems from Jay Z’s comments in a New York Times interview, where he talked about free water as a metaphor for…TIDAL?
“Water is free. Music is $6 but no one wants to pay for music. You should drink free water from the tap — it’s a beautiful thing. And if you want to hear the most beautiful song, then support the artist.”
We love how hard Jay Z was trying to sound egalitarian here. Hov, the businessman, so in touch with the daily lives of consumers that he forgets we all actually have to pay for our tap water.