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Jay-Z: 'I'm willing to pay more in taxes'


Shawn "Jay Z" Carter attends a press event to announce his Carnegie Hall performances to benefit the United Way and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation, in New York, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes) Credit: AP Photo/Charles Sykes

Rapper Jay-Z says he'd be willing to pay more in taxes -- as long as it goes to causes he supports. At least that's what he said in a CNN interview recently.

As a member of the 1 percent, Jay-Z has long voiced his support for the Occupy Wall Street movement, which says it represents 99 percent of American taxpayers.

The Rocawear co-founder did, however, raise eyebrows when he made T-shirts that read "occupy all streets" and didn't extend partial profit to the movement.

Despite the incident, Jay-Z has voiced his support in an interview with CNN posted on YouTube this past week.

"I wouldn't mind paying more taxes if it went to the things that mattered," he said, citing education, health care and extending aid to the  impoverished.

But he did call for improving government transparency.

"It should be clearly defined where all the money is being allocated," he said. "It should be open accounting of where everything is going. I'm sure if it was . . .  to help people I think most people with a conscience .  . . wouldn't have any problem paying taxes."

Agree, disagree? Here he is with his own words.

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