Jay-Z Criticizes ‘We are the World’ Remake

Rapper Jay-Z has joined the bashing spree over the remake of the song “We are the World.” In an interview with MTVNews.com, the rapper said the remake, which features a gamut of singers from Tony Bennett to Pink to Kanye West, pales in comparison to the 1985 original. “I think ‘We Are the World’ is like [Michael Jackson’s] ‘Thriller’ to me. I don’t ever wanna see it touched,” he said.

Lest he be accused of being insensitive to the plight of the victims and survivors of the Haiti earthquake, the 40-year-old hip hop artist was quick to add that he appreciates the efforts to raise money, but a new song would have been better. Jay-Z recently collaborated with Rihanna and Bono and the Edge of U2 to make “Stranded,” which was launched during the Hope for Haiti Now telethon.

Some critics have called the new “We are the World” version oversung, among other negative comments. The song debuted during the opening ceremonies of the ongoing Winter Olympics.