The tanking US dollar is no longer cool in the world of rap. Fast forward to 1:20 in Jay-Z's 'Blue Magic' video and you'll see that Jay-Z is flashing 500 euro notes. Some see the switch as a sign of recession.
Mark Olson of Southwest Newspapers noted, "When I start seeing rap stars flashing euros instead of U.S. dollars, I know our economy is in trouble. Jay-Z carries a lot of weight. Just look at what happened when he began boycotting Cristal champagne. It's sad that rap stars can no longer show their style with a good old $500 U.S. bills (featuring President McKinley) and now need to flash â‚¬500 Euros (featuring some sort of suspension bridge)."