Blood Orange‘s Dev Hynes is not happy about the going forth of Jay-Z and Barneys‘ collection of $33,900 watches and such as, voicing his discontent in multiple bursts of 140 characters or less.
On Sunday Hynes kept the ball of controversy rolling by tweeting thusly to his 32,000 followers:
His opinions come, of course, in the light of claims of racial profiling brought by two young black people against the department store. After Barneys said sorry not sorry and Jay-Z decided to continue with collaboration, it was eventually unveiled as originally planned (though without a flashy launch party to fête it). The caveat was that 100 percent of sales from the BNY SCC collaboration would go to Jay Z’s The Shawn Carter Foundation.
But Hynes still isn’t having it: “I’m a big fan, of course, who isn’t? But just looking at it from the perspective of someone that has had racial abuse in my life,” he continued. “It’s cool that all proceeds are going to charity, that’s great! But now Barneys, an already rich company that could be charitable anyway…”
In what we’re pretty certain is an entirely unrelated altercation, Hynes has also been engaging in a good ol’ Twitter fued with Jay-Z’s sister-in-law Solange. Since working closely on Solange’s debut album True, their friendship has come to a standstill over the issue of songwriting contributions. D-Hynes was the first to tweet, “Your friends will be the first to turn on you,” with Solange unable to resist taking the bait:
Guys, beefing over Twitter is so Fall 2009/Azealia Banks. Just stick to doin’ you, whether or not it’s in a pair of $2,590 leather boxer shorts.