Jay-Z plays it po­lit­i­cal

Sunday Herald Sun - - News -

JAY-Z per­formed his first head­lin­ing con­cert in three years in his home town New York on Fri­day, a show that fea­tured his popular hits and a ded­i­ca­tion to out­spo­ken NFL player Colin Kaeper­nick.

The Brook­lyn rap­per kicked off the first of three days of The Mead­ows Mu­sic and Arts Fes­ti­val at Citi Field in Queens, per­form­ing a 90-minute set of well-known songs as well as po­lit­i­cal mo­ments.

“I want to ded­i­cate this song to Colin Kaeper­nick tonight,” Jay-Z said of The Story of OJ — a song about black­ness and man­ag­ing money that also ref­er­ences OJ Simp­son.

“I want to ded­i­cate this to Dick Gre­gory,” he added about the song from his per­sonal and re­veal­ing al­bum, 4:44.

“I want to ded­i­cate this song to any­one that was held back and you over­came.”

Kaeper­nick be­came a po­lar­is­ing fig­ure among NFL fans for his de­ci­sion to sit, and then kneel, dur­ing the na­tional an­them last sea­son in protest against po­lice bru­tal­ity.

Gre­gory, who died last month, was a co­me­dian and ac­tivist who broke racial bar­ri­ers in the 1960s and used his hu­mour to spread mes­sages of so­cial jus­tice and nu­tri­tional health.

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