In his first headlining concert in three years in his hometown of New York City on Friday (Sept. 15), Jay-Z dedicated his record “The Story of O.J.” to NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and late activist/comedian Dick Gregory.
Hov kicked off the first of three days of the Meadows Music and Arts Festival 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,” Hov said. “I want to dedicate this to Dick Gregory. I want to dedicate this song to anyone that was held back and you overcame.”
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During his set, Hov also brought out reggae icon Damian Marley, who performed their collaborative 4:44 cut, “Bam.” He also dove into his extensive catalog for tracks like “Niggas in Paris,” (minus Kanye West) “Big Pimpin” and “Empire State of Mind.”
Back in June, Hov shared the footnotes for “The Story of O.J.,” which explained the concept.
“We tend as black people — because we never had anything, which is understandable — we get to a place and we just think we separate ourselves from the culture,” JAY said in the video. “Like where O.J. will get to a space where he’s like, ‘I’m not black, I’m O.J.’ Like Tiger Woods will get to a space and think, ‘I’m above the culture.’ That same person when he’s playing golf and playing great, you’re protected, but when you’re not, they’re gonna put pictures of you drunk driving and embarrass you, and the world will eat you up and spit you out.”