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Jay-Z Dedicates Song at Concert to Colin Kapernick

Jay-Z Dedicates Song at Concert to Colin Kapernick”

"I want to dedicate this to Dick Gregory", Jay-Z said to hoots of approval from fans amassed for the two-year-old festival in the parking lot of the New York Mets' baseball stadium. 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.

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

Performing "The Story of O.J.", Jay-Z did not hold back on the song's most contested line, emphasized over a break in the beats: "You ever wonder why Jewish people own all the property in America?" The rap veteran ended his show with a rendition of "Encore/Numb" his collaborative song with Linkin Park, and he dedicated to the band's singer, Chester Bennington, who committed suicide last month.

"I want to dedicate this song to Colin Kaepernick tonight", Jay-Z said of "The Story of O.J".

The Anti-Defamation League, the leading Jewish civil rights group, has criticized the lyric as perpetuating stereotypes, while not suggesting that Jay-Z harbors anti-Semitic views. His last main show in NY was part of his 2014 On the Run Tour with Beyonce, though he's had some performances for his Tidal streaming service and surprise appearances. According to New York Daily News, Hov delivered a triumphant set where he blended his classic hits with songs from his stellar album, 4:44. The three-day festival features a diverse list of artists that also includes the Gorillaz, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nas, Weezer, Future and LL Cool J, Migos, Run the Jewels, Two Door Cinema Club and 21 Savage.

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



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