Jay-Z ded­i­cates song to Colin Kaeper­nick at NYC con­cert

Arab News - - COFFEE BREAK -

NEW YORK: Jay-Z per­formed his first head­lin­ing con­cert in three years in his home­town of New York City 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 that in­cluded his 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 O.J.,” a song about black­ness and man­ag­ing money that also ref­er­ences O.J. Simp­son.

“I want to ded­i­cate this to Dick Gre­gory. I want to ded­i­cate this song to any­one that was held back and you over­came,” he added about the song from his per­sonal and re­veal­ing al­bum, “4:44.”

Kaeper­nick be­came a po­lar­iz­ing fig­ure among NFL fans for his de­ci­sion to sit, and then kneel, dur­ing the na­tional an­them last sea­son to protest po­lice bru­tal­ity. Gre­gory, who died last month, was a co­me­dian and ac­tivist who broke racial bar­ri­ers in the 1960s and used his hu­mor to spread mes­sages of so­cial jus­tice and nu­tri­tional health.

Jay-Z’s per­for­mance, though full of en­ergy and ex­cite­ment, had some other se­ri­ous tones.

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