“I have a interesting take on that,” Jay-Z said Saturday at the annual “2 Kings” dinner, which was sponsored by Sprite and Bing and took place during NBA All-Star weekend. “I know everybody is gonna take this wrong: ‘We Are the World,’ I love it, and I understand the point and think it’s great. But I think ‘We Are the World’ is like Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ to me. I don’t ever wanna see it touched. I’m a fan of music.
I know the plight and everything that’s going on in Haiti. I applaud the efforts: Millions have been raised through text donations to Haiti. So I appreciate the efforts and everything, but ‘We are the World’ is musically untouchable like ‘Thriller’ is untouchable. Some things are just untouchable. It was a valiant effort, but for me, it’s gonna be untouchable.”
Jay said he felt that a new song should have been written instead of re-creating the 1985 classic.