Although it seemed like everyone took part in the new "We Are The World" remake, one person was noticeably absent, Jay-Z. At the recent Jay-Z / LeBron James All-Star weekend "Two-Kings" dinner, Jigga was asked why he did not participate in the remake. "I have a interesting take on that. 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 “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. Like 1 out of 2 Americans donated through text to Haiti. That’s amazing. So I appreciate the efforts and everything, but “We are the World” is untouchable like “Thriller” is untouchable. Some things are just untouchable. It was a valiant effort, but for me, it’s gonna be untouchable."
Jay went on to say he felt like the new song should have been written, instead. "I would have loved that idea better. I have tremendous respect for Quincy Jones. Of course, I think he’s genius, as everyone else does. But I think it’s time for us to make a new song, our take on it… I tried to do that with "Stranded," (the song he did with Rihanna and U2's Bono).
Jay-Z – Explains Why He Didn't Do "We Are The World" Remake
Various – We Are The World (Remake)