Jay-Z plays it political
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.