In the next issue of XXL magazine Jay-Z  responds to the critcism of “D.O.A”:

“I’m not hating on young people. Like, when people say that, I’m like, What are you talking about? It’s just stupid. I’m not hating on young people… I’m not Bill Russell, [saying] Michael Jordan ain’t shit. I’m saying Lil Wayne and Kanye are like LeBron and Kobe. My job as someone at the forefront of the game is to leave it in a better position than when I came in. Same way that Russell [Simmons] left it to me. ‘Cause this thing saved my life. Literally. So I have a responsibility to it karmically. And after that it’s on you. I did my part. I made ‘D.O.A.’ I said it. I made the statement. I made the push. Here, y’all take it from here.”

He also grades his performance as Def Jam President and defends the belief that he is the best. Find out what grade he gave himself at

In other Jay-Z news, it was announced that he will be holding an “Answer The Call” benefit concert at Madison Square Garden on September 11th. Proceeds will go to New York Police and Fire Widows’ Benefit Fund. Fuse will air the concert live in HD and commercial free at 9pm.

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