Thursday, 22 March, 2018

Jay-Z dedicates song to Colin Kaepernick at NYC concert

The Meadows Music And Arts Festival- Day 1 CREDIT Getty Images
Stacy Diaz | 17 September, 2017, 16:06

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 football player Colin Kaepernick.

During a 90-minute set at Citi Field on Friday night, hip-hop artist Jay-Z dedicated his song titled "The Story of O.J." to Colin Kaepernick, the Associated Press reports (via New York Daily News).

"I want to dedicate this song to Colin Kaepernick tonight", said Jigga, according to ESPN. "I want to dedicate this song to anyone that was held back and you overcame".

During the first of the festival's three-night extravaganza, Hov showed love for Kap before performing "The Story of O.J." which references O.J. Simpson while talking about race and financial empowerment. I want to dedicate this song to Dick Gregory.

Depending on your perspective, his free-agent purgatory is either a function of poor play in recent years or a concerted effort to blackball him for kneeling during the national anthem last year to protest social injustice.

That perhaps is why Jay-Z chose to mention Kaepernick alongside Gregory.

You can now number Jay-Z, Beyoncé's husband, among those supporters.

During his set, Jay also brought out Daiman Marley for their track, "Bam".

Throughout his set, Jay-Z offered concertgoers encouraging words.

"Got to be prepared", he told the fan.